San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski has become the latest addition to the USMNT World Cup Qualifying squad that will face off against Honduras at Avaya Stadium on Friday, March 24. He is the twenty-sixth member of the squad, which will also travel to Panama City to take on Panama on the 28th.
At the age of thirty-four, Wondo’s international career appeared to be winding down in the latter half of Jürgen Klinsmann’s tenure as USMNT coach, but new manager Bruce Arena has unexpectedly brought the forward back into the fold. Wondo has won thirty-five international caps to date, scoring eleven goals, and was a part of their 2014 World Cup squad.
At the club level, Wondolowski has remained one of Major League Soccer’s most consistent finishers, being the only player to reach double-digits in goalscoring return for seven consecutive seasons. He already has recorded one goal and two assists three games into the 2017 season and is only eleven goals away from becoming the third highest goalscorer in MLS history, with the second best goals-to-game ratio of anybody in the top ten.
He joins Quakes teammate David Bingham, another late addition, in a United States side desperately in need of a victory having lost their last two games in “The Hex”, the final CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Group, and will be battling for playing time alongside Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Stanford Ualum Jordan Morris.