Wondolowski preparing for upcoming USMNT call up like it could be his last

Saturday night under the lights of Avaya Stadium, Chris Wondolowski hit yet another milestone – something he’s been doing just about every game this year. He not only reinforced his MLS record 10th career goal against Vancouver and 20th career goal in the month of October, but he also now sits at 5th on the all time MLS goal scoring list with 109 goals.

As USMNT and Toronto FC striker Herculez Gomez mentioned on twitter, the goal was a typical “Wondo goal.”  A scramble in the box thanks to a dropped shot by David Ousted let the ball fall right to the feet of Chris Wondolowski, who buried it in the top right corner.

“Marvell had a great ball in stride, Cordell hit a good strike,” Wondo told reporters after the game, talking about the goal. “I saw him [David Ousted] coming out and I knew it was going to be a tough one  [for him to catch] – slick ground, and just like a wide receiver, when a guy has to catch it and hold it onto the ground it’s tough for the keeper.”

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Right before Saturday night’s game, Wondo also got a call from national team head coach Jurgen Klinnsman. “It’s a huge honor. It’s a great honor any time you get called up, I appreciate it so much,” Wondo said after being asked about Klinnsman’s consistent faith in him. “That’s why I go in there and try to work as hard as I can and just try to make myself, the team, and each guy better.”

The last time Wondo got the chance to take the pitch against Mexico, he was able to notch a goal in a “friendly” that eventually ended in a 2-2 draw. “It’s a huge game, especially against Mexico, and I’m honored just to be a part of it. I want to reward coach Jurgen for relying on me and if I get an opportunity I want to make the most of it. ”

Wondo’s typical answer took a turn as he then went on to reflect on his future with the national team.  “I also realize it’s probably the last [opportunity], so I want to relish it, cherish it, and enjoy it. Hopefully we’ll top it off with a win.”

Since the beginning of his USMNT career in 2011, Wondolowski has earned 31 caps and scored 10 goals. He also helped the US to a 2013 Gold Cup championship and received the Golden Boot award in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but Wondo believes that his time with the national team could be running out.

“I wouldn’t be surprised.” Wondo replied when reporters asked him to clarify on whether or not he believed this would be his last go with the stars and stripes. “You never know when it’s gonna be your last. Especially with the World Cup cycle coming up, I wouldn’t be surprised. But, it is what it is, and I’m excited to make the most of this one right now.”

For Wondo, redemption in the form of knocking down the United States’ most hated rival could be be the perfect way to go out.

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Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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