Chris Wondolowski and San Jose Earthquakes agree to Designated Player Contract

By Phil Naegely
Chris Wondolowski
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Reigning Major League Soccer MVP Chris Wondolowski has signed a new contract with the San Jose Earthquakes. He will also become only the second designated player in franchise history.

The deal is a four-year deal, with the first three years guaranteed. In his first contract year, Wondolowski will make $600,000, which is double of what he made during the 2012 season.

This contract is well-deserved for the 30-year old, who scored 27 goals last season and tied the MLS single season goal-scoring record. Also, he has the most MLS goals in the last three years with 61. He is a formidable opponent, and that showed with the countless last-minute goals Wondo scored for San Jose last season.

Wondolowski has gone from an unknown player out of the Supplemental Draft to almost being the face of the MLS. I would argue he is behind David Beckham and Landon Donovan as most popular MLS Players, and now Beckham has moved on to PSG.

Furthermore, this new DP contract shows that not all DP’s have to be a rising international player like Beckham, but can be a player from within the United States.

It shows that the MLS isn’t as bad as people think it is.

Wondolowski will most likely to continue to have outstanding numbers on the pitch this year, and he finally got a contract he deserved. In the past, he had kept negotiating new contracts as he succeeded more, but it is great to finally see him as a DP. It’s also great for the Earthquakes, who won’t have a big salary hit.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.

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