Chris Wondolowski: ‘You Just Have to Step up Your Game’

Chris Wondolowski knows exactly how to land a seat on the plane to Brazil.

“I think you just have to step up your game, and I feel I can do that. When you’re playing with great players, it just raises the whole level of everyone.”

There are a ton of great players at Stanford for World Cup training camp, thirty to be exact. And seven of those players will have to be trimmed from the roster before the national team departs for South America. Wondolowski faces all sorts of competition for a spot at the striker position. One camp insider set the Danville native’s chances of making the final 23 at 30 percent. Still, that isn’t stopping the 31-year-old from enjoying his time.

“It’s very intense everyday, but it’s fun at the same time, exciting. We’re going to go out there and work hard and just try to make an impression as best we can.”

The San Jose Earthquakes all-time leading scorer certainly has a knack for making an impression. Wondolowski has crashed home nine goals in his last 10 games for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad.

“You just always try to play your best and you hope that you can make a difference and influence the team somehow.”

Now, Wondolowski just needs Klinsmann to give him the chance to do so.

Watch the full interview with Wondolowski below.