CARSON, Calif. – Chris Wondolowski is from the Bay Area. He's scored all but four of his professional goals for the San Jose Earthquakes. And the club has bumped up his salary to nearly 10 times what it was when he rejoined the club in 2009.
But that hasn't stopped the U.S. international from keeping the door open to a move abroad come the end of the season.
Wondolowski finished with 27 goals in the regular season, tying an MLS record and likely locking up the MVP award. His goals led San Jose to the Supporters' Shield. So could his goals lead him to a stint in Europe come the end of the season? He'll discuss his future with the front office come the offseason.
"I love my time in San Jose and we'll work something out definitely," Wondolowski said. "But the door's always open, my ears are always open."
The 29-year-old spoke after the 'Quakes beat the LA Galaxy 1-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal. A stoppage-time goal from Victor Bernardez gave the team another excuse to whip out the "Goonies never say die" mantra. Clearly, the team has a good rapport and is savoring its success, after missing the playoffs last season.
"It's just a good team to be a part of and I'm having fun right now," Wondolowski said. "It's a joy to be out there. I always love this game – brings a smile to my face."
Though Wondo doesn't have an agent, the club has given him new contracts in each of the last two seasons. He has gone on record asking for a third consecutive raise, this time into Designated Player figures.
"We have such a great organization and front office that they do take care of me," Wondolowski said. "I'll definitely weigh my options but I like where I am right now."
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