Chris Wondolowski joined a special group of players to reach 100 MLS goals, but the San Jose Earthquakes striker was taken aback by the historic achievement.
Wondolowski became just the ninth player in league history to reach the milestone, after converting a second-half penalty as the Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Orlando City on Sunday.
A 68th-minute spot-kick at Levi’s Stadium in California – Wondolowski’s seventh goal of the season – elevated the United States international up alongside Landon Donovan (144), Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133), Ante Razov (114), Jason Kreis (108), Dwayne De Rosario (104), Taylor Twellman (101) and Edson Buddle (100).
“I’m very grateful, I know the historic value [of the goal], but it’s one of those things that will slowly sink in; it hasn’t really sunken in yet,” the 32-year-old said afterwards.
“It’s a bit surreal. Right now, it’s fun. I enjoy going out there and whatever happens, happens.
“I grew up a fan of this club, so to be able do it for my hometown team in front of my friends and family is pretty cool. I got to give my dad a hug after, and he had tears in his eyes. He was my first coach and has helped me along the way. That’s what makes it special.”
Congratulations were at a premium for Wondolowski on social media, with fellow centurions Donovan, De Rosario and Twellman leading the tributes on Twitter.
“Congrat[s] to @chriswondo on his 100th @MLS goal! Great player, great teammate, great person. #CenturyClub,” Donovan wrote.
De Rosario, who retired from professional football over a fortnight ago, wrote: “Congrats @ChrisWondo on his 100th goal! So happy for him. Well done & keep it going.”
Twellman added: “Congratulations to @chriswondo #100Club”.
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann also congratulated the 27-time international via Twitter.
“Awesome achievement WONDO !! 100 GOALS in #MLS is a great statement!!,” Klinsmann said.
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