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Reaching the record never was the goal for MLS’ all-time scorer

SAN JOSE — Almost no one saw it coming.

How could they? Chris Wondolowski wasn’t a young virtuoso on the verge of transporting American fortunes in 2005 when joining Major League Soccer.

The Danville native wasn’t particularly fast, never had Leo Messi-like wizardry nor the strength to have been an imposing target forward.

Instead, the East Bay striker inched his way up the soccer ladder one net-rattling goal at a time to become Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer.

He reached the pinnacle Saturday in typical Wondo fashion with the 146th goal to pass Landon Donovan in one of the most historic and underappreciated moments in Bay Area sports history.