He may not get the media attention of David Beckham, Landon Donovan or Thierry Henry, but Chris Wondolowski has quietly become Major League Soccer's most prolific goal scorer. The San Jose Earthquakes forward leads MLS in scoring this season (17 goals) and over the last three years he has netted the most regular-season goals, by a wide margin, of any player in the league.
The fans have noticed, voting the 29-year-old Californian onto the roster of players who will take on English powerhouse Chelsea FC in the MLS All-Star Game in Philadelphia on Wednesday (8:30/7:30c, ESPN2). Though Wondolowski says "it's a special honor just to be on the same field" as the winners of this year's UEFA Champions League (the premier club tournament in Europe, if not the world), he expects the MLS side — which also includes the New York Red Bulls' Henry, Jay DeMerit of the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Los Angeles Galaxy's dynamic duo of Donovan and Beckham — to be competitive. "It's not life or death, but it's pretty important to go out there and get a result," says Wondolowski, who played on the All-Star squad that got whooped 4—0 by Manchester United last year. "It's more important to try to play a nice brand of soccer. [This game] is for the fans, and you want to show that you belong out there."
While Wondo is proud of being an All-Star, his bigger goal for the year is to help the Earthquakes win their first MLS championship since 2003. After failing to make the 2011 playoffs, San Jose currently has the best record in the league (13-5-4). "Last year when things didn't go our way, we didn't give up, but we put our heads down and we didn't think we'd be able to get that tying goal or that winning goal," admits Wondolowski. "This year we feel like we're going to fight to the end. We have a never give up type of attitude."