Chris Wondolowski makes case for place in US roster in 2-0 over South Korea
Chris Wondolowski was exactly where he wanted to be in United States 2-0 victory over South Korea. As the Yanks celebrated winning the first friendly of the year, Wondolowski was in wonderland. By scoring both of the two goals in the game, Wondolowski not only helped United States win but made a strong case in front of coach Jurgen Klinsmann to add his to the World Cup roster.
Wondolowski got the chance to start on Saturday and neither Klinsmann nor Wondolowski regretted the decision to go extra-attacking with his role on pitch. The San Jose Earthquakes striker has now scored seven times in the last eight appearances for the United States team.
With several top players missing from the squad it was Wondolowski to the rescue. The 31-year-old drew first blood with a header in the fourth minute of the game and then struck again at the hour mark. The late bloomer, who debuted for United States only three years ago, is expected to get the nod again in the next game.
“My mind frame doesn't change,” Wondolowski said. “Any time I get this wonderful opportunity to represent my country, I'm going to try to make the most of it. That's always been my mind frame since Day One, and that's what it's going to be until the last.”
Klinsmann was full of praise for Wondolowski after the game. The former Germany international told reporters that Wondolowski was extremely “committed” and “hungry” for success and glory.
“Wondo is a wonderful example of (what happens) if you are committed, if you're hungry, if you give everything you have over a long period of time,” Klinsmann said. “Sooner or later, you're going to get rewarded for it. It's nice to see a player like him is still hungry.”
United States played impressively throughout the game, especially considering the fact that they were missing a couple of first-team players. Klinsmann was satisfied with the performance as well, although he did see his defense fail a couple of times.
Nonetheless, after half-time the Yanks were much sharper and played much more aggressively. After the game Wondolowski told reporters that the team chemistry had been impressive and United States were looking forward to build on this victory.
“It's always good to be on the end of those, but I thought it was really good buildup on both goals,” Wondolowski added.