Chris Wondolowski wins 2012 MLS MVP

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

San Jose Earthquakes forward wins MLS MVP in an absolute landslide, picking up more than 90 percent of the vote from two separate voting blocs.

After tying Roy Lassiter's 16-year-old record for goals scored in a season and leading the San Jose Earthquakes to the Supporters' Shield, the only question around Chris Wondolowski's MVP candidacy seemed to be "how much would he win by?" Turns out, it was by a lot.

Wondolowski was named the 2012 MLS MVP on Thursday, winning in the weighted voting by more than 200 points. The 29-year-old got an astounding 97 percent of the media vote and 91 percent from the clubs. His fellow players were apparently the least impressed voting bloc, handing him "only" 71 percent of their vote. Thierry Henry was the only player to receive as much as 4 percent support from any group.

That all seems just about right for what will surely go down in MLS history as arguably the greatest offensive season. Not only did Wondolowski score 27 goals, but he also had a career-high seven assists. The combined total of 34 goals and assists were the most in league history, besting Lassiter's 1996 campaign in which he scored 27 goals with four assists. Wondolowski's goal total was more than Chivas USA scored as a team all year.

Player (Club)

% of Club Votes

% of Media Votes

% of Player Votes

Weighted Total

Chris Wondolowski (SJ)

91.23

96.97

70.83

259.03

Thierry Henry (NY)

0

3.03

11.46

14.49

Graham Zusi (SKC)

3.51

0

3.13

6.64

Brad Davis (HOU)

3.51

0

0

3.51

All-Time MLS Most Valuable Players:

2012: Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes

2011: Dwayne De Rosario - D.C. United

2010: David Ferreira - FC Dallas

2009: Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy

2008: Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Columbus Crew

2007: Luciano Emilio - D.C. United

2006: Christian Gómez - D.C. United

2005: Taylor Twellman - New England Revolution

2004: Amado Guevara - MetroStars

2003: Preki - Kansas City Wizards

2002: Carlos Ruiz - LA Galaxy

2001: Alex Pineda Chacón - Miami Fusion

2000: Tony Meola - Kansas City Wizards

1999: Jason Kreis - Dallas Burn

1998: Marco Etcheverry - D.C. United

1997: Preki - Kansas City Wizards

1996: Carlos Valderrama - Tampa Bay Mutiny

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