Earthquakes' Wondolowski captures MLS MVP honours
League's top scorer won 91 per cent of club management votes, 97 per cent of media votes
San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski has been named Major League Soccer's MVP by a landslide.
"It's an individual award, but I like to think of it as a team award, because I wouldn't be here without those guys," Wondolowski said. "There's not many one-man goals scored by our team, and that shows you what kind of a team we have."
The league's leading scorer won 91 per cent of MLS club management votes, 97 per cent of media votes and 71 per cent of player votes for a weighted total of 259.03.
"There's a terrific story that Chris brings to our league, one that I think serves as an inspiration for all those tens of millions of people that play this game," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. "To be able to go and get signed by an MLS club, play as a reserve player and then become one of the great players in Major League Soccer is something that speaks to his tremendous prowess."
New York's Thierry Henry was runner-up at 14.49 and Graham Zuzi of Sporting Kansas City was third at 6.64.
Canadian Dwayne De Rosario of D.C. United won the award last year.
In awards announced Wednesday, Kansas City's Jimmy Nielsen was voted goalkeeper of the year, receiving a combined 146 per cent. Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy was second with 30 per cent followed by Seattle's Michael Gspurning with 28 per cent.
Columbus forward Federico Higuain, the brother of Real Madrid's Gonzolo Higuain, was voted newcomer of the year. He received 59 per cent, followed by San Jose defender Victor Bernardez (51) and Gspurning (32).