With the Women’s World Cup and the U20 World Cup on the horizon it might be tempting to look past Major League Soccer action, but there is still much to chew on domestically. So without further ado this week’s Big – 5.
• 100 for Wondo!
From journeyman to MLS star to World Cup goat, San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski has has seen the ups and downs of professional soccer more than most.
Sunday night at Avaya Stadium was certainly an up for Wondo as the Quakes hitman became just the ninth player to score 100 MLS regular season goals.
In coming back from a huge miss versus Belgium that could have sent the U.S. onto the World Cup quarterfinals, Wondolowski showed the same tenacity and self belief that allowed him to go from being an afterthought with the original San Jose/Houston franchise to a member of the MLS Century Club.
Congratulations Wondo, Landon Donovan is only 44 goals away.
2) And Speaking of Goals – What About Kei Kamara?
Fresh off a stint in England with Middlesbrough Kei Kamara is back in North America and leading MLS in goals with the Columbus Crew.
After establishing himself with Sporting Kansas City, the Sierra Leone native took a crack at a career in England with Wigan and later Middlesbrough, with a return to Kansas City sandwiched in between.
Kamara’s return to MLS has gone better than anyone could have expected and now he leads the league with nine goals, two more than his nearest rival.
3) Keano Returns!
After nearly two months on the sidelines Robbie Keane is back on the field and not a moment too soon for the L.A. Galaxy.
The defending champions have struggled without the talismanic Irishman and find themselves sixth in the standings.
Keane made an immediate impression on his return, setting up the only goal in L.A.’s 1-0 win over Houston. Keane’s cross found Alan Gordon for the stoppage time winner, and now with Keane back and Steven Gerrard on the way, the sun is shining once again in Carson, California.
And speaking of Gerrard…
4) Coming Soon- Gerrard and Lampard
The two midfielders have been joined at the hip for years as rivals, as England teammates and now at the end stage of their brilliant careers, in MLS.
After a moving send off in his final home game, native Scouse Gerrard suffered through a humiliating 6-1 defeat in his final English Premier League game, at Stoke of all places.
Things went far better for Lampard, although without the same emotional baggage. Lampard came up with West Ham and had his biggest years with Chelsea, before finishing out his home based career with one season at Manchester City. Still, Lampard went out in style, scoring the game winner in City’s 2-0 victory over Southampton.
Now it is on to Los Angeles and New York City where the two vets will continue their long association.
5) Gooch On Trial With NYCFC
Once he was a U.S. MNT mainstay courted by Jose Mourinho and signed by A.C. Milan, then a serious knee injury slowed the career trajectory of Oguchi Onyewu, slowed it to a crawl.
The past several years have been little more than a well paid tour of Europe for the imposing center back, who was recently released by English Championship club Charlton Athletic.
Onyewu has always resisted any urges he may have had to return to the U.S. and has never played in MLS. New York could certainly use a player of Onyewu’s abilities, it’s just hard to know what those abilities are after the big man has seen so little game action in recent years.