Chris Wondolowski, the Kiowa forward for the San Jose Earthquakes who has been lighting up Major League Soccer (MLS) since bursting onto the scene in 2010, led all vote-getters for the MLS All-Star team, NDNsports.com reports.
Wondolowski joins Thierry Henry, the legendary French striker who now plays for the New York Red Bulls, as the two forwards. The midfielders include David Beckham (LA Galaxy) and Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), who have both shined for the national team in World Cups past.
"Wondo," as he's called, has become a household name (for MLS soccer fans, anyway) since 2010, when he won the MLS Golden Boot with 18 goals. Up until that point in his career, he had been mainly relegated to sitting on the bench, but after a series of fortunate turns, Wondo made the most of his chance and has never looked back. He was tied for the league lead in goals scored in the 2011 season with 16 goals, and is currently on pace to break the MLS scoring record this season, with 14 goals in 16 games (the record belongs to Roy Lassiter, who scored 27 goals in 2006).
As a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Wondo is proof positive that skill is just one part of the overall package required for success. His determination and perseverance through many quiet years of not being noticed and barely playing are as much a part of his becoming one of the best players in the game as his speed and touch on the ball are.
Keep it up, Wondo.