Wondolowski becomes 1st MLS player to join Mata's 'Common Goal' charity

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski has become the first MLS player to have pledged to donate at least one percent of his salary as part "Common Goal," a charitable movement spearheaded by Manchester United's Juan Mata, the club announced Sunday.

Common Goal, created by charitable organization streetfootballworld and first encouraged by Mata in The Players' Tribune, already boasts players such as Giorgio Chiellini, Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry, Shinji Kagawa, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan. Wondolowski, 34, is the latest name to join that ever-growing list.

"I want to look back on my career and be able to say I had an impact both on and off the pitch," Wondolowski said, as quoted by the club's official website. "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."

As per the MLS Players' Union, Wondolowski had a guaranteed salary of $800,000 in 2017, which would put his pledge at a figure of at least $8,000. It's a generous amount for the league's joint-second all-time top scorer, and a first step toward more players in MLS joining him in this endeavor in the future.