Ultimately, it was his relentless work ethic that landed Chris Wondolowski a spot on the World Cup squad.
“We are very excited about Wondo—make that clear,” said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This guy since three years is working his tail off for this team. In every training session he’s the first on the field and he’s ready to go, and he wants to prove it.”
Admittedly, the Danville native’s career with the US didn’t get off to the most fortuitous start.
“It took him a while to start scoring for the national team because maybe he was sometimes overexcited and too eager.”
The striker failed to find the back of the net in his first nine appearances with Klinsmann’s team. However, since then, Wondolowski has been on a tear, pouring in nine goals in a 10-game span dating back to last July.
“Then he kind of started to get balanced and calm down and settle with the group, getting to to know the group more and more, and then he started scoring.”
Aside from his knack for scoring goals, Wondolowski’s case was also helped by the fact that he is an unusually unselfish poacher.
“He brings an enormous amount of energy into the group. He’s a pure giver, he’s always thinking about his teammates, he’s always thinking about the others. Yes does he want to score every second that he’s on the field absolutely. But he’s also a player that when he sees somebody in a position better than him he will pass that ball over to him.”
For Klinsmann there was simply no doubt that he needed to bring Wondolowski to Brazil.
“I think he absolutely deserves to be on that plane to Brazil.”