As Greg Lalas, the editor in chief for MLSsoccer.com sees it, Chris Wondolowski is all but a lock to claim a seat on the plane to Brazil.
“In short, it’s hard for me to imagine a clinical finisher like Wondo not being part of [Jurgen] Klinsmann’s 23.”
Wondolowski, who is the San Jose Earthquakes’ all-time leading scorer, has the most goals in MLS dating back to the 2010 season. When it comes to playing for the national side, the 31-year-old has also been as “clinical” as it gets. In his last 10 appearances for Klismann’s squad, Wondolowski has poured in nine goals.
In his first three games of MLS action in 2014, the striker has found the back of the net on three occasions. Despite the early success, Wondolowski definitely doesn’t feel like he’s cemented his spot on the team just yet, as he explained following the 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on April 13.
“Nah, I mean that’s the great thing about soccer is that you always have to get better, and you can’t be content with the way you’re playing. That’s when you fall by the wayside.”
Wondolowski echoed that sentiment in an interview on KNBR 1050 with Ted Ramey, the club’s radio voice.
“I can always do better. I think I’ve left a few goals out there. I think about those more than the goals I score.”
The US national team is set to open up its training camp in mid-May with the first World Cup clash scheduled for June 16 against Ghana at Estadio das Dunas in Natal.
Before heading off to Brazil, though, the US will play a three-game send-off series. The first of which will be at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on May 27 against Azerbaijan. That’s a game which, Wondolowski—a Danville native—”hopes to be a part of,” as he explained to Ramey.
Ultimately, whether he is will be up to Klinsmann. For Lalas, it’s an easy decision.
“Will he be a starter? Probably not. But if the US team finds itself needing a goal against Portugal or Germany with 20 minutes to go, I can’t think of a better person to throw on there than Wondo and hope for the best.”
Note: Video courtesy of MLSsoccer.com.