San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, has officially been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June.
On Thursday, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced the names of the 23 players.“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com.
“We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”
When the preliminary roster was announced on May 12, Wondolowski tweeted, “So honored to apart [sic] of this 30 man group. Still a lot of hard work left to do but so excited for this opportunity.”
The 31-year-old joins three other forwards, Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) and Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), on the squad. Wondolowski’s breakout season came in 2010, when he led the MLS in scoring with 19 goals for the Earthquakes. He added 16 goals in 2011 and 27 in 2012, tying the MLS record.
According to reports, Wondolowski is said to have scored the roster spot many expected to go to Landon Donovan – the American, career-scoring leader.
The team will first compete in a Send-Off-Series starting on May 27, against Azerbaijan.