San Jose Earthquakes’ Chris Wondolowski Says Miss Will ‘Motivate’ Him

Chris Wondolowski can’t lie. It won’t be easy to forget about his missed chance in Brazil.

“To be honest, I will think about that just because it was such a big moment on a big stage,” said Wondolowski of the shot that he sent over the bar and off target against Belgium in the 92nd minute. “It hurts.”

“But it won’t affect my play. It doesn’t affect my mentality of my mental state. It’s just one of those things where I think it’s just going to be a driving force that helps motivate me.”

As Wondolwoski explained, he’s replayed that moment over and over again in his mind.

“I wish I could have it back again, and I know I should make it, but I’m going to learn from it.”

“I think it’s just one of those driving forces that’s going to keep me pushing, especially in like offseasons and during hard times where I can kind of go back to that and really push through it because I don’t want that feeling again.”

After failing to find the back of the net on a shot that would have sent the US onto the quarterfinal, Wondolowski knew there would be a backlash—especially on social media. The positive reaction, however, has outweighed the negative.

“For all the mean ones, there’s great fans that were there supporting me, and that’s what means a lot. People can say what they want that doesn’t bother me. I get over that real quick. I have pretty thick skin.”

Now, Wondolowski is fully focused on pulling the Quakes back into the playoff hunt in the Western Conference.

“I wish we had a game today.”

“You know, I think we’ve had a little bit of a tough spell the last few games and I want to try and do everything I can to get us back on the right steps, so we can make a playoff push and try to go for the MLS Cup.”

Just how quickly does the striker think he can play 90 minutes for San Jose after limited action in Brazil?

“I feel that I’m ready to go. There was a lot of training, and I was ready to go 90 minutes in a World Cup Game.”

Wondolowski also discussed whether he could have one more World Cup left.

“I mean, I could barley know what I’m doing tomorrow. So, it’s one of those things were four years is a long time.”

The club’s all-time leading scorer will be 35 years old by the time the next tournament rolls around.

“That’s old man in soccer years. So, that’s why I’m just worried about right now, this season.”