On a blistering afternoon at Stanford Stadium, Chris Wondolowski explained just what it would mean to earn a trip to Brazil.
“It’s the ultimate dream.”
The San Jose Earthquakes striker, who was born in Danville, gets the chance to pursue that World Cup dream right in his own backyard. The US national team will be training at Stanford for the next two weeks before playing a warm-up game against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park on May 27.
“I’m excited that we have a game at Candlestick, and being from the Bay Area, I’m looking forward to playing there. But it’s leading up to the World Cup, it doesn’t get any more special than that.”
Wondolowski’s teammate with the Quakes Clarence Goodson is also angling for a seat on the plane ride to Brazil. A veteran of the 2010 World Cup, the center back is the most experience defender in camp. However, Goodson knows he still has work to do to cement his role with the team.
“I think we’re always making our case, and certainly what we’ve done in the past will come into play. But the next two weeks our very important.”
Goodson has already appeared in 46 games with the national team and hopes to add a few more appearances this summer.
“It would mean everything for my professional career. I worked hard to make the last World Cup and that was wonderful, but this is going to be the biggest one ever. Certainly I want to be a part of that, and hopefully be able to step on the field and represent out country.”