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October 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Poll: Are you rooting for Chris Wondolowski to break the MLS scoring record?

San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski has an amazing 26 goals this season (four more than Chivas USA’s whole team).

The MLS record for goals in a season is 27, set by Roy Lassiter in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

So there’s the background. And the stage for Wondolowski to break the record will be Jeld-Wen Field, where the Earthquakes play their regular-season finale against the Portland Timbers at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

One last game.

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked after Friday’s practice if he’s rooting for Wondolowski to break Lassiter’s record.

“If he breaks it, great; if he doesn’t break it, it’s still been a great run,” Schmid said. “It’s drawn a lot of attention to himself, to his team and to the league. I don’t know. Who are they playing? They’re playing Portland? Yeah, so I’m probably hoping he breaks it. (laughs).”

Schmid expanded on Wondolowski’s tale being a good story — new record or not.

“Here’s a good story of a guy who toiled for a lot of years and was really a reserve-type player, wasn’t making a lot of money, and he pushed through later,” the coach said. “It just shows that if you stick with it and keep working, good things can happen to you.”

So what does Schmid remember about Lassiter? And how does he compare to Wondolowski?

“Roy was fast,” he said. “The first time I ran across Roy Lassiter, he was still playing for N.C. State and we beat them in the semifinals of the NCAA Final Four. He became a much more accomplished player as he moved on in terms of his decision making, but Roy just had great speed and great timing of runs. He was a different type of goal scorer than Wondo.

“Wondo’s a guy who’s active and busy and floats around and comes at you from different places. You turn a second and all of a sudden he’s not there. Roy, you sort of knew where he was, but when his timing was on, and especially when he played with (Carlos) Valderrama, and Valderrama was able to slip those balls into space for him, there was just no way you could stop that. The only way you could stop it is if you took him down and got red carded because just his speed was phenomenal.”

So what do you think?

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Are you rooting for Wondolowski to break the MLS scoring record?

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