rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Sports » Wondolowski named MLS's Most Valuable Player

Wondolowski named MLS's Most Valuable Player

November 30, 2012 08:08 IST

San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski was voted Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season, the league said on Thursday.

-David Beckham has his hands full after MLS

The US international, a classic 'goal poacher' equalled MLS's goals per season record, held since 1996 by Roy Lassiter, with 27 during 2012.

-Don't quit yet, Beckham urges Donovan

Chris Wondolowski"It's an individual award but I like to think of it as a team award," said Wondolowski, paying tribute to his coaches and team-mates.

"There weren't many of those goals were more than one touch finishes. I get great service from good passers. I'm not beating 10 guys or shooting into the upper 90 but from six yards and in," he said.

It was the third successive year the 29-year-old has been the league's top scorer, but the first time he has been named MVP.

Former France and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls finished a distant second in the vote of clubs, media and fellow players.

Sporting Kansas City and US winger Graham Zusi was ranked third while Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis was fourth.

"What he is good at is taking chances," Wondolowski's coach at San Jose Frank Yallop said.

"His general play is solid, just normal. As he says himself, he doesn't dribble anybody, he isn't very fast but where he is fast is in his mind. He knows when the ball is going to arrive...it's instinct.

"He works on his finishing, no doubt about that. Every striker tries to score goals but lots can't because they can't get away from people. He can, he drifts around and does he thing - he's very difficult to play against," he added.

The title-deciding MLS Cup is played on Saturday between L.A. Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo.

Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Source:
© Copyright 2013 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.