SAN JOSE -- Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski was named MLS player of the week on Monday by the North American Soccer Reporters.
Wondolowski, 29 got his second hat trick of the year in a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids last weekend to pull to within two goals of Roy Lassiter's 16-year-old single-season record of 27. The Danville native needs two goals in San Jose's final two regular-season games to match Lassiter's mark.
Wondolowski also moved ahead of Ronald Cerritos for the club's career goals record with 62 and extended his MLS mark for game-winning goals in a season to 12.
The league's Golden Boot leader has been named player of the week four times this season and six in this career. He also was named player of the month for September.
Wondolowski's father, John Wondolowski, downplayed a report Sunday night by ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas saying the striker wants to become a designated player and earn $1 million. According to figures provided by the MLS Players Union, Wondolowski is the Quakes' highest-paid player at $300,000.
He is one of the few professional athletes that negotiates contracts without an agent. The De La Salle High graduate probably would have to entertain offers from Europe to win a big payday from MLS.
"He wants to play for the Quakes for the rest of his life," John Wondolowski said.
Wondolowski should expect to get a nice boost in salary after his record-breaking season. He has received new deals in each of the past two seasons. After winning the Golden Boot award in 2010 he got an increase from $48,000 to $175,000. That got bumped to $300,000 for this year.
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