12 Nov Common Goal
CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI TEAMS UP WITH USWNT STARS FOR COMMON GOAL
USMNT striker joins Manchester United’s Juan Mata, World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly in pledging 1% of his wages to high impact soccer charities, in Wondolowski’s case, Street Soccer USA. #CommonGoal
1:00PM PST SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12TH 2017
San Jose Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski has become the latest soccer star to join Common Goal—a growing movement in which professional players pledge to donate at least 1% of their wages to high-impact soccer charities. Wondolowski is the first male US professional to to join the movement launched by Manchester United’s Juan Mata and follows in the footsteps of USWNT World Cup Winners Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Heather O’Reilly as well as 20 other professionals from around the world.
“I’ve followed Common Goal with interest since Megan and Alex joined a couple of months back,” explained Wondolowski, who joined at the invitation of Street Soccer USA where he serves as a National Ambassador.
“What really attracted me to the movement is the idea of us players uniting as a team and working together to support high-impact soccer charities from around the world. I’m proud call Megan, Alex and Heather my teammates and hope to see many more players join us from both the USMNT and USWNT. This is an opportunity to unite us all.”
Wondolowski is no stranger to success, having won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with the USMNT in 2013, as well as the MLS Cup (2006, 2007) and MLS Golden Boot (2010, 2012). But the 34 year-old says he’s driven by more than on-field accomplishments. “I want to look back on my career and be able to say I had an impact both on and off the pitch,” he explained. “To me, this not only means winning trophies but also doing my bit to advance the use of soccer as a tool for social change. This is something I’ve been passionate about for a long time and, through Common Goal, I can now join forces with other players who feel the same way.” Rapinoe and Morgan, who became the first US players to make the pledge in September, were full of praise for her newest Common Goal teammate.
“Chris is a player who has led by example for more than a decade and helped raise the profile of US soccer in the process,” said Rapinoe.
“With today’s announcement, I look forward to him raising the profile of Common Goal as well.” “Chris is a wonderful addition to the team,” added Morgan. “I have no doubt his involvement will inspire more Common Goal signings in the US and beyond.”