Wondolowski reveals hidden “W” on jersey, as misspelling does the trick again

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Five goals and two games later, U.S. national team forward Chris Wondolowski must be seriously considering switching his name to “Wondowloswki.”

After bagging a hat trick in the 6-1 victory over Belize on Tuesday, Wondolowski revealed his superstitious side after he scored all three goals whilst wearing a misspelled jersey with an extra “W” wrongly in his name.

When he switched the jersey back to the correct spelling at half time, he didn’t score.

So when he stepped onto the field on Saturday night in Utah, the San Jose Earthquakes captain had a trick up his sleeve. Or somewhere near his sleeve, I think… it was hidden in his shirt at least.

Wondo had a weapon. An extra “W” had been attached to the inside of his shirt as he took to the field as a 58th minute sub.

Two goals in 27 minutes after coming on is a pretty good return. Wouldn’t you say so? Wondolowski’s strikes helped the U.S. overcome a spirited Cuba side and the man is making quite the name for himself. Literally.

(MORE: USA beat Cuba 4-1 to make Gold Cup quarterfinals)

So after scoring five goals in two games with an extra “W” on his shirt, should Wondo adopt this method for his San Jose shirts?

It will be pretty awesome if he does, no pressure. But one thing for certain, jersey mishap aside, Wondolowski has been on fire during the past few games for the USA. Anyone who pays attention to Major League Soccer will know he’s been scoring goals for fun for the last three to four seasons.

Now they’re starting to pour in for the U.S. national team. That can only be a good thing as the World Cup edges ever closer.

(MORE: Three things we learned from U.S. victory over Cuba)

Here’s another interesting little fact about Wondolowski. He has a tattoo on his chest displaying his Kiowa tribe name “Bau Daigh” etched on him to reflect his Native American heritage. That translates to “Warrior coming over the hill.”

Well now this warrior has an extra “W”… and boy does he know how to use it.

Report: USMNT likely to face Brazil, Mexico in September friendlies

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The U.S. Men’s National Team won’t have a busy schedule throughout the summer, but Dave Sarachan and his side will get a tiny taste of the World Cup in September.

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ESPN FC is reporting that the USMNT will likely face Brazil and Mexico — both of whom will travel to Russia in June — later this year, as the U.S. Soccer Federation is in the process of finalizing both friendlies.

The matches are set to be played during the September international window, which runs from Sept. 3 through Sept. 11.

Both fixtures will reportedly be played in the United States, although venues haven’t been determined yet.

The U.S. has already begun booking a slate of difficult matches to round out 2018, with England and Italy already confirmed opponents for the Yanks in November.

The Yanks are 1-17-0 all-time against Brazil in all competitions, while the U.S. hasn’t faced Mexico since its 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca in June 2017 during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Men in Blazers: Jurgen Klopp talks loss of Coutinho and more

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Roger Bennett talks with manager Jurgen Klopp about revolutionizing Liverpool, his Greatest Show on Turf-esque offense, the loss of Philippe Coutinho and how he keeps football in perspective.

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MLS: Higuain extends with Crew, Royer gets new deal with Red Bulls

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Two key midfielders earned new deals on Thursday, as two of the Eastern Conference’s recent successes helped solidify for their attacks for the next few years.

The Columbus Crew extended Designated Player attacker Federico Higuain through the 2019 MLS season.

Higuain has been with the Crew since 2012, when the Argentine joined the club from Colon de Santa Fe in his native country.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls extended Daniel Royer’s contract, as the Austrian winger in the midst of his third season with Jesse Marsch’s group.

Thus far, Royer has tallied 17 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls, including 15 during the 2017 campaign, where the former Midtjylland player finished second on the team in goals behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.

UEL: Griezmann nabs crucial away goal vs. Arsenal, Marseille cruises

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A game of back-and-forth at the Emirates Stadium set up an enticing second leg in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, while a Ligue 1 side positioned itself well to move into the final.

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Arsenal and Atletico Madrid settled for a 1-1 draw in London, as Antoine Griezmann’s late strike leveled the match for the Spanish side.

The Gunners looked on their way to a victory when Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal just beyond the hour mark put Arsene Wenger‘s men in front.

The result sets up a strong showdown for the two giants in a week’s time, although Arsenal will feel it left something on the table after racking up 26 shots (seven on target) on the day, particularly after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after 10 minutes for the visitors when he picked up a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie gave Marseille a 2-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig, giving the French side the edge it sought out ahead of the competition finale.

The two clubs will meet again at Red Bull Arena Salzburg for the second leg.


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Marseille 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg