MVP! Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, Wins Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player Award
By a landslide, Chris Wondolowksi, Kiowa, has won Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player Award. This caps an incredible season for Wondo, as he's known, in which he also won the Golden Boot as the league's top scorer. The San Jose Earthquakes star led the squad to the Supporters' Shield, presented to the club with the best regular season record. Wondo's 27 goals ties the all-time MLS record for a season set by Tampa Bay's Roy Lassiter in 1996.
According to Sports Illustrated, the 29-year-old former Earthquakes reserve team player received 91 percent of MLS club management votes, 97 percent of media votes and 71 percent of player votes for a combined 259 percent. Thierry Henry of New York Red Bulls was runner-up with a combined 14 percent, and Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City was third with 7 percent.
Wondolowski arrived to receive the award in Los Angeles from Washington, D.C., where he had spoken with several U.S. senators in recent days to raise awareness for Native American health issues, SI reports . Wondolowski's mother is a member of the Kiowa tribe.
"It's part of my heritage, part of who I am,'' Wondolowski said. "I still have a lot of family there, and it means a lot to me to shine light onto their conditions.''
Stay tuned for a full ICTMN interview with superstar--and MVP--Chris Wondolowski.