Chris Wondolowski just won’t stop scoring goals.
In the San Jose Earthquakes’ 3-2 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 2, the striker found that back of the net on two occasions. The onslaught marks the 14th time that Wondolowski has turned in a multi-goal game during his career. However, head coach Mark Watson was surprised the striker didn’t get another one.
“Wondo kept plugging, he got two goals at the end of it. You know, Wondo will always compete and always give you everything he has and he did it right at the end. He got his second goal, and probably could’ve had another one.”
Wondolowski now his five of the squad’s 10 goals on the season, but as he sees it, there’s an even more important stat in terms of improving his chances of landing a spot on the U.S. World Cup team.
“I do know that [U.S. national team coach Jurgen] Klinsmann likes winners. So I’d rather win the game and not score, and done things to help the team win, than to score two goals and see the team lose. He takes everything into account, and for sure he wants winners, so it’s something I want to fix.”
Klinsmann is set to announce the preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup on May 13. The team’s training camp will get underway the following day at Stanford.
Yannick Djalo is not in the lineup for the Quakes’ contest against the Colorado Rapids Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
The winger only made it 14 minutes into the team’s 3-2 loss to the White Caps before limping off with an injury.
“I think it’s a groin injury which he has been struggling with the past 10 day,” said Watson. “So very disappointing. He felt good before the game and said he was healthy, and that no pain, was sprinting, and dong all the things he needed to do. And then he pulled up. I guess it was nine to 10 minutes in and was just disappointed to see him come off.”
Meanwhile, Alan Gordon returns to the starting lineup.
The last time the Quakes and Rapids met on April 19, the teams played to a scoreless draw.
Note: All quotes courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes.