The San Jose Earthquakes are set to open their season on Sunday but spent Monday re-signing their star player to a new contract.
According to SI’s Grant Wahl, the Earthquakes have agreed to a four-year deal with Chris Wondolowski worth $600,000 in the first year, in making the MLS’s most prolific scorer over last three years the club’s Designated Player.
Here’s more from the Earthquakes’ press release:
Wondolowski, 30, is the reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player after tying the league record for goals in a season with 27 in 2012. He has led the league in goals for three consecutive years, earning three MLS Best XI selections in the process. The two-time MLS All-Star is also the all-time league leader in goals per 90 minutes among players with at least 100 appearances with a 0.64 clip.
Following breakout campaigns in 2010 and 2011, Wondolowski compiled one of the best seasons ever by an MLS player in 2012 and was rewarded with the Volkswagen MLS MVP. He also took home the Budweiser Golden Boot and was an MLS Best XI selection. Wondolowski scored 27 goals and more than doubled his career high in assists with seven to lead his club to their second Supporters’ Shield trophy. His goal total tied an MLS mark that has stood since the league’s inaugural season in 1996. He also broke the MLS record for game-winning goals with 11, two more than the previous mark held by himself and LA’s Carlos Ruiz.
“This is a tremendous honor,” Wondolowski said. “I want to thank John Doyle and our ownership group for getting this deal done. As my hometown team, I couldn’t be more excited to sign a Designated Player contract with the Earthquakes. These last few years have been amazing and I look forward to continuing my career in San Jose.”