“Wondowlowski” scores hat trick… here’s some other misspelled jersey treats

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Don’t worry Chris Wondolowski. You’re not the only player to get your name spelled wrong on the back of your jersey.

Heck, it even happened to David Beckham back in the day.

ICYMI, last night the US national team routed Belize 6-1 and Wondolowski scored a first half hat trick to give the USA a 3-1 half time lead.

Except it wasn’t Wondo. Well, if you believed the name on the back of his shirt anyway. The US equipment guy is now getting his wrists slapped after printing the name “Wondowloski” on the back of the San Jose Earthquakes strikers shirt.

I sort of understand it. It’s a hard name to spell. It wasn’t like he misspelled Smith, Jones or Brown.

But the equipment guy redeemed himself, and printed Wondolowski’s name correctly on the back of his shirt. The ‘Quakes forward switched shirts at half time and all was well. Except he didn’t score in the second half, prompting Wondo to joke afterwards that maybe he should wear “Wondowloski” on his shirt all the time.

Don’t joke. Do it.

Anyway, all this rekindled some fond memories about jersey typo’s in the past. And with a little help from you, the wonderful soccer fans/members of the Twitterati, and Steve Davis, we have found a few of those soccer typo’s. Let’s see the top four, Wondo aside.

David Beckam

source:  This would never happen today, but back when he was a relative unknown, David “Beckam” lined up for Manchester United in the 1997 Charity Shield final at Wembley.

 

 

 

 

 

Roque Satna Cruz

source:  How somebody can spell Santa’s name wrong… that is beyond me. Anyway, the ex-Blackburn and Manchester City striker wasn’t handing out any gifts to the kit man after this one.

 

 

 

 

 

Andesron

source:  I am not sure if kit man at Manchester United has changed over the years, but someone may want to send a dictionary to Old Trafford to help the poor guy out. Brazilian midfielder Anderson was his next target in a game against Everton.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Zuszczak

source:  And United’s famous misspelling king strikes again, this time Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak’s name was made a mess off. Where did that extra Z come from? And does the United kit man have a sly drop of Scotch when he is printing the jersey names the night before games?

 

 

 

 

Any others? Let us know

Again, thank you all for the help, those were just the top five. But if you can remember any other jersey misspelling mishaps, from soccer or any other sport. Feel free to share them with us… we love this wacky stuff!

Rashford’s childhood hero played for USMNT (Take one guess)

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But can he grow a beard?

Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford is known for his darting runs and clever finishes, but he grew up begging to get between the sticks with a lot of love for an American.

“Howard was my idol. I used to have a little Tim Howard shirt.”

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Rashford said he’d ask his youth coach to allow him to play goal so he could mimic his hero, who at the time was the Manchester United backstop and now USMNT legend.

The 20-year-old was nine when Howard left Old Trafford, but it hasn’t changed his enjoyment for tending goal. Rashford joked that he’s got to be the choice to replace David De Gea in case of a post-sub emergency.

Watch Live: Watford vs. West Ham United

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David Moyes‘ first match in charge of West Ham United sees a striker change at Vicarage Road against testy Watford (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

WATCH LIVE, ONLINE, HERE

Andy Carroll will be up top, and Andre Ayew is hurt to boot.

Marco Silva leads Watford’s hosts with Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, and Miguel Britos at the back of a 3-5-2.

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Watford: Gomes; Mariappa, Kabasele, Britos; Femenía, Cleverley, Doucouré, Zeegelaar; Hughes, Richarlison; Gray. Subs: Karnezis, Prödl, Holebas, Capoue, Pereyra, Carrillo, Okaka.

West Ham United: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Masuaku, Rice, Fernandes, Quina, Sakho, Martinez.

Dempsey still happy to accept USMNT role (which is good)

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Clint Dempsey is tied with Landon Donovan for the most goals in USMNT history, and seems set to continue with the side in some capacity as he threatens to stand alone in American history.

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The 34-year-old striker spoke with Steve Zakuani on the Sounders’ web site (video below) and said he’s happy to accept continued call-ups should they arrive from USSF headquarters.

From SoundersFC.com:

“We’ll see what happens,” Dempsey said.” I mean, in terms of what I’ve been able to accomplish with the national team, I’m at peace with it. It’s not really about me. It’s about a group of guys that want to be moving forward.

“If there’s an opportunity that comes where you get to play a role and try to help and I’m feeling good and I’m playing well, then yeah, you’ll never say no. But you know, if the call never comes I’m still happy, still at peace, and focused on being here and trying to make the most of the time I have left.”

There are a number of players whose national team futures should be in question, but Dempsey is in a different class. No one has debated his motor or fuel, and his engine is still there (to complete the Springsteen-esque car comparisons, he remains one of the only things that qualifiers as chrome-wheeled, fuel-injected, and steppin’ out over the line).

If anything, he plays too close to the edge. That’s not something I see as one of the Yanks’ problems right now, so perhaps Dempsey needs to be viewed like Cuauhtemoc Blanco or Carlos Ruiz as a CONCACAF guy who’s around as long as he wants to be a part of it.

I mean, shoot, if Dempsey wants to keep passing the fire to Christian Pulisic and now Weston McKennie, there are far worse ambassadors for the program. He’s the most accomplished field player in recent history, and will be able to share so much when it comes to balancing club and country.

Heck, maybe he needs to be the late era Ryan Giggs of the 2018-2022 USMNT.

Beckham reportedly wants Steve Bruce in Miami

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He’s got the same initials as South Beach, you know?

Steve Bruce is being tipped to be the first manager of David Beckham’s Miami MLS outfit, according to The Sun.

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It’s going to be some time before Bruce would have the opportunity. The 56-year-old former Manchester United star has Aston Villa in a Football League Championship promotion push, and Miami does not even have a start date for life on an MLS pitch.

Of course, managerial life tends to be short, so there’s no guarantee Bruce will have a job at any point during the build-up to Miami in MLS. And several expansion clubs have named their coach very early in the team building process (Jason Kreis and Bob Bradley amongst others).

Bruce on MLS’ parity-driven playing field, if not as one of the big spenders, would be intriguing to watch. He’s a terrific man motivator and has the connections to combine with Beckham to make something special happen in terms of personnel.