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Wondolowski edges out TFC’s Koevermans as June Player of the Month


Chris Wondolowski beat out Toronto FC’s Danny Koevermans for the June MLS Player of the Month honours.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward, MVP candidate and the league’s leading scorer earned 10 first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters, while Koevermans got six.

Wondolowski scored three times in June, extending his league leading total to 14. As the Earthquakes have played just 18 games so far this season, it is still possible to discuss Wondolowski’s chances of breaking Roy Lassiter’s record for goals in a single season. Lassiter got 27 for the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996.

Koevermans finished second in the voting, with five goals and an assist in his last four games of the month. The Reds were undefeated over the last four matches of the June calendar. But Koevermans won’t have the same profile as Wondolowski, who played fewer games in June and whose team is in first in the West.

How The 11 voted: Wondolowski over Koevermans. Wondolowski’s goals all have one thing in common — they were all game winners. San Jose played just three times in June, and Wondo scored the match winner in every one of those games. Clutch goals over quantity of goals, and that made Wondo the Player of the Month for the second time this season.

Thanks to the injury that sidelined Thierry Henry for a significant portion of the year, Wondolowski is right now the clear leader for the MLS MVP, a title that he’s been close to over the last couple of seasons, but has yet to win.

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