Chris Wondolowski: New contract should be wrapped up before season starts

The 30-year-old striker who tied the MLS scoring record last season has been vocal about getting a new deal and appears close to getting his wish.
HARRISON, N.J. -- Chris Wondolowski might be finally getting his payday after setting MLS alight by tying the league record with 27 goals last season.

The San Jose Earthquakes forward revealed on Monday that he is in contract talks with the team over an improved deal.

"We are in the process of working things out. It hasn't quite happened [yet] but it should be done, [if] everything goes smoothly, in a week or two," Wondolowski said.

Wondolowski has been very public in wanting a new deal with the Earthquakes and it has been speculated that he was seeking a Designated Player deal. Wondolowski made $300,000 last season and the average DP deal starts around $450,000 per year. The striker insisted that as long as there weren't any hiccups, his new deal would be done before the season started.

"If everything goes to plan, it should be handled before the season," Wondolowski said.

Wondolowski admitted that he was considering a move to a Scandinavian team but now with a new deal set to be in place, he is happy to stay in MLS. It was thought that Jurgen Klinsmann was encouraging Wondolowski to strongly consider the move.

"[Jurgen] is very proactive about how MLS has grown as a league and the progress MLS is making. So it was exciting to see that he was excited about where MLS is as well, that he wasn't focused on all-European [players] or vice-versa so."

As for Wondolowski's expectations for this season, he was adamant that he's focused on winning an MLS Cup this year not topping his tally from last year.

"I just want a championship, I'll go to zero if I get a championship," Wondolowski explained.

San Jose had the best MLS regular season record last year as it won the Supporter's Shield but capitulated in the playoffs against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Though the club lost Simon Dawkins to Aston Villa this year, Wondolowski expects that the club will improve due to other guys stepping up.

"I just think we have to keep on doing what we were doing last year. Keep on doing the little things. When we play [like that] for a full 90 minutes, we're very successful," he said. "Some of the lesson learned are going to help."

Wondolowski added, "That bitter taste in our mouths are going to drive a lot of us and make us better. It's going to make us hungrier as a team as well."

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