New York, NY – San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week for Week 31 of the MLS season on Monday.
Wondolowski netted a hat trick against the Colorado Rapids in a 4-1 win for the Earthquakes on Saturday, taking his season total to 25.
The three-goal performance helps Wondolowski jump to within striking distance of Roy Lassiter's 1996 single-season goals record of 27.
San Jose's final two games come against the Los Angeles Galaxy and Portland Timbers, while Wondolowski did break the Earthquakes all-time scoring record set by Ronald Cerritos with his 62nd goal for the club.
The MLS Player of the Week award is selected each week by the North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of online, print, television, radio media.
2012 MLS Player of the Week winners:
Week 1: Kalif Alhassan (Portland Timbers)
Week 2: David Estrada (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 3-5: Thierry Henry (Red Bull New York)
Week 6: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
Week 7: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 8: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 9: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 10: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Week 11: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 12: Emilio Renteria (Columbus Crew)
Week 13-15: Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact)
Week 16: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Week 17: Danny Koevermans (Toronto FC)
Week 18: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Week 19: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 20: Calen Carr (Houston Dynamo)
Week 21: Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)
Week 22: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 23: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Week 24: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Week 25-26: Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)
Week 27: Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 28: Thierry Henry (Red Bull New York)
Week 29: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 30: Thierry Henry (Red Bull New York)
Week 31: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)