Jun 2, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT
It’s been less than 11 months since “Wondo” scored the first of his nine US goals, and the fairytale earned its latest chapter when Chris Wondolowski made the final 23-man roster headed for Brazil. The longtime Major League Soccer scorer has underdog status to be sure, but also has received vitriol — might I add, unnecessarily — for doing his work in an unspectacular manner. With a strike rate to make longtime US stalwart Brian Ching blush, Wondo has earned his space.
Full name: Christopher Elliott Wondolowski
Hometown: Danville, California
Caps/goals: 20 caps, 9 goals
Club: San Jose Earthquakes
Best moment in a U.S. shirt: His run as starter for nearly every game of the 2013 Gold Cup tournament, in which the Yanks reclaimed the title for the first time since 2007 with a 1-0 win over Panama in the final.
Starter or squad player at World Cup? Wondolowski is not expected to be anything more than a sub, but was plugged into Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup when Clint Dempsey was injured before last week’s win over Azerbaijan. He performed admirably and, with his ascension front of mind, would you really rule him out of anything?
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