Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson have taken another step toward representing the United States at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The San Jose Earthquakes duo have been called up to the US National Team in advance of the squad’s final tune-up match before the World Cup kicks off on June 12. Wondolowski and Goodson will be part of a squad that takes on Mexico on April 2 at 8pm at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The face-off against Mexico will provide Wondolowski, who has made 18 appearances with the national team and Goodson who has made 45, with one final opportunity to cement a spot on the plane to Brazil.
“Everyone knows the clock is ticking,” said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. “This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case. We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track. They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil.”
Goodson and Wondolowski will be available for the Quakes upcoming game against the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 29 before departing to join up with the national team the following day. Last summer, during a month-long stretch with the national team, Wondolowski scored six goals.
Should either player earn a spot on the World Cup roster they could miss up to a month of MLS action.
All quotes courtesy of San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations.