San Jose Earthquakes: Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson Make Preliminary World Cup Roster

Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson have taken a big step toward Brazil.

The San Jose Earthqaukes’ striker and central defender have both been included in the preliminary 30-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Training camp for the United States team is set to get underway at Stanford University on Wednesday, May 14.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann discussed the selection process via a statement.

“It’s been an incredible journey…We had some difficult decisions to make, and we are very excited about the 30 players coming into camp. There is competition in every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup.”

Following the training camp, the team will play three games in advance of the World Cup as part of a Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7. The first game against Azerbaijan will be played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on May 27 at  at 7pm.

It’s encouraging to see Wondolowski included in the group, as the striker appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in the final minutes of the Quakes’ 2-1 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. After the game, Wondolowski simply stated “no comment” when asked about his shoulder.

Klinsmann dished out some praise for the Quakes’ all-time leading scorer, via Robert Jonas of CSN Bay Area.

For the club, having two players included in the World Cup training camp is a big honor. Of course, it also means that San Jose could be without two of its top performers for quite a while. Both stars could miss up to seven games depending on if they make the final roster and how far the U.S. advances in the tournament.

The final 23-man squad must be named by June 2.