MLS All-Time Top Scorer Chris Wondolowski Retires

Chris Wondolowski (8) celebrates his goal against the Whitecaps in 2019
Chris Wondolowski (8) celebrates his goal against Whitecaps Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/Shutterstock

Chris Wondolowski, legendary San Jose Earthquakes striker and the leading goalscorer in MLS history, has wrapped up his playing career. The 38-year-old veteran made the official announcement while addressing the fans following Sunday’s regular-season finale against FC Dallas.

“I wanted to do this in front of fans instead of in front of a bunch of cameras,” Wondolowski said. “I wanted to do this in front of you because you guys have been there from day one. This is the last run.”

The game ended with a 1-1 draw, and fittingly, Wondolowski scored the only goal for the Quakes. This brought his MLS goal tally to 171, 26 more than second-placed Landon Donovan.

Unfortunately for San Jose and Wondolowski, their 2021 season ended on a bitter note. The Quakes finished the season with 41 points, which was only enough for 10th place in Western Conference. 

Still, Wondolowski believes the team has a big future and players it can count on even after he lefts.

“This organization is going to do big things. I can’t wait for it, and we’ll be here for the future,” he added.

Chris Wondolowski spent 13 and a half out of his 17 years in MLS with the Quakes and helped the franchise win two Supporters’ Shields. His individual accolades include the MLS MVP award in 2012, two MLS Golden Boot trophies, and five All-Star nods.

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