It's virtually impossible to talk about the history of soccer in San Jose without bringing up Chris Wondolowski.
"Wondo" has scored 111 MLS goals, more than any other active player, and 107 of them were scored in an Earthquakes uniform.
In San Jose and among MLS aficionados, Wondolowski's exploits are recognized and appreciated. For the casual fan though, the one only paying attention to soccer once every four years, Wondo is known for far less positive reasons.
Maybe Wondolowski should have scored on that shot against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. He would likely tell you as much.
It's a cruel irony that a player who has been so remarkably proficient at putting the ball in the net is known by many only for one time in which he failed to do so.
Imagine if most of the world believed Stephen Curry was a bad shooter because he missed the only 3-pointer they saw him take.
That perception shouldn't diminish what Wondolowski has accomplished, though. It took five years, two moves, and a trade before San Jose's 2005 supplemental draft pick received steady playing time. When the Quakes gave him his chance, Wondolowski became one of the greatest goal-scorers in league history, a league MVP, and a future Hall-of-Famer.
This week, when the USMNT takes on Guatemala, Wondo will, once again, wear America's jersey. He might even, once again, find himself in front of the net with a chance to score a crucial goal for his country.
If he does, don't be surprised if he knocks it in this time. No one who's been paying attention to the Quakes or MLS for the last six years will be.
BEHIND THE STANDINGS
There is officially cause for concern in Seattle. After getting beat on their home turf by Vancouver, the Sounders now stand alone with the worst record in MLS. It's still early and they've got time to turn things around, but the Sounders already have quite a bit of ground to make up.
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On the other end of the standings, Kansas City beat Toronto to continue its winning streak and now has an MLS-best nine points. The biggest reason why: They've only surrendered one goal so far this season.
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GAMES TO WATCH
The MLS is on a break for international games this week. The USMNT takes on Guatemala twice -- in Guatemala City Friday night then a home game in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday. San Jose's goalkeeper David Bingham is on the roster for the games along with Wondolowski.
Quakes midfielders Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero will be also be in action representing Panama, while Simon Dawkins will be playing for Jamaica.
America's U-23 team and Quakes midfielder Fatai Alashe also play a home-and-home series vs Columbia.
The Quakes are back in action on April 2 when they host D.C. United.