In what was one of the easiest picks in recent memory, San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski has been named the 2012 MLS MVP.
The Earthquakes star scored a league-leading 27 goals, which matched Roy Lassiter‘s long-standing MLS record, and added seven assists as San Jose claimed the Supporters’ Shield shield at 19-6-9.
Wondolowski is the only player in league history to score the most regular-season goals in three consecutive seasons. His four MLS Player of the Month awards were also a record.
From a league release: “Since entering MLS in 2005, Wondolowski has recorded a total of 68 league goals, 64 of which came after moving from Houston to San Jose in the middle of the 2009 season. He ranks twentieth all-time in MLS goal scoring, two behind Cobi Jones.”
Wondolowski won the club vote at 91.23 percent, the media vote at 96.97 percent, and the player vote at 70.83 percent for a 259.03 weighted total. New York’s Thierry Henry finished second with a 14.49 total, followed by Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi (6.64) and Houston’s Brad Davis (3.51).
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MLS Most Valuable Players:
2012: Chris Wondolowski – San Jose Earthquakes
2011: Dwayne De Rosario – D.C. United
2010: David Ferreira – FC Dallas
2009: Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy
2008: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United
2006: Christian Gomez – D.C. United
2005: Taylor Twellman – New England Revolution
2004: Amado Guevara – MetroStars
2003: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
2002: Carlos Ruiz – LA Galaxy
2001: Alex Pineda Chacon – Miami Fusion
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Jason Kreis – Dallas Burn
1998: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United
1997: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
1996: Carlos Valderrama – Tampa Bay Mutiny