The U.S. Men’s National Team captured their first international win of 2014 with a 2-0 victory over South Korea today. Although both sides were not using all their available players for this World Cup tune-up make, one player for the U.S. made a solid case for why he should be on the plane to Brazil come June.
Forward Chris Wondolowski scored not once but twice to help the U.S. capture a much needed confidence boast to start off 2014.
Over the past two World Cup’s, how many different consistant forwards could you name for the U.S. Men’s National Team? Probably not many, if any at all. Sure, Landon Donovan has always been a solid option, but would you really call him a forward? Jozy Altidore has never lived up to all the hype surrounding him, and don’t even get me started on Clint Dempsey during World Cup play.
Midfielder Graham Zusi did dominate most of the talking points during and after the game with how well he performed, but it was Wondolowski’s two-goal performance will get all the headlines tonight and tomorrow morning.
In recent seasons, the U.S. has been searching for that one or two dominate forwards to give the team more of an attacking option. Last year, Wondolowski scored six goals on nine appearances for Team USA. With two goals already in the bag, this could be the start of a very successful and promising 2014 for the San Jose Earthquakes‘ forward.
Just for the record, both of Wondo’s goals were not little kick-ins. Both goals were true striker goals, proving that Wondo is more than capable of scoring on the big stage. Could this be foreshadowing of how Wondo will do not only on the international stage, but also in MLS? I think it would be safe to say that.
San Jose will be a tough opponent this 2014 MLS season and if Wondo is hot already, it could be a long season for opponents having to face him and the Earthquakes.