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Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowski chases MLS goals record

(AP Photo/Nelson Antoine, File)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Chris Wondolowski goes to work for the San Jose Earthquakes with little fanfare, the pursuit of Landon Donovan's Major League Soccer career scoring mark hardly weighing on his mind as he focuses his energy on providing an example for his teammates and the youth.

Wondo, as everyone calls him, played in college at tiny Division II Chico State, not part of an elite youth national team program. He didn't make his debut with the U.S. national team until six days before his 28th birthday in January 2011 - after he had already won the 2010 MLS Golden Boot for the first of his two scoring titles. When he scored a hat trick against Belize in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he did it with his last name misspelled on the jersey: "W-O-N-D-O-W-L-O-W-S-K-I."

That unique, difficult path is what makes the record he is chasing all the more remarkable.

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