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: Man City, Guardiola to discuss new contract this summer

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Manchester City does not want to let Pep Guardiola start the third year with the club without signing on for longer term.

Guardiola enters the third and final year of his deal in August, and the BBC reports that Man City plans to negotiate a new deal with the Catalan wizard this summer.

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This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given City’s outstanding sophomore season under Guardiola.

Unbeaten City has an 11-point lead on the Premier League table after 18 weeks, with one draw and a PL record 16-straight wins. They have 56 goals scored, conceding just 12.

They’ve won five of six UEFA Champions League matches, only losing a match their opposition needed and they did not, 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. City faces Basel next, and visits Leicester City in the League Cup quarterfinals Wednesday.

Lanzini charged by FA for fooling ref with dive

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Manuel Lanzini dove to earn a penalty in West Ham’s 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday at the bet365 Stadium, and he may pay for it.

Lanzini, who also posted an assist in an influential performance, drew the penalty converted by Mark Noble when he hit the deck under minimal contact from Erik Pieters.

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He could miss two matches for “successful deception of a match official,” the same penalty given to Everton’s Oumar Niasse for a similar offense.

West Ham pulled out of the drop zone with the win, but has three bottom-half battles coming up over the festive fixtures: Saturday versus Newcastle, Dec. 26 at Bournemouth, and Jan. 2 versus West Brom.

Griezmann backtracks over ‘insensitive’ blackface tweet

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MADRID (AP) Soccer star Antoine Griezmann has apologized for any offense caused after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an NBA party costume on Sunday.

Griezmann, who is white, was also wearing a wig and holding a basketball in the photo which had “NBA 69 ALLSTARS” on the jersey.

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The photo on his official Twitter account was accompanied by the message “80’s Party” followed by basketball and laughing emojis.

One response called the photo a “bad idea” with others urging the France forward to delete the tweet.

Griezmann at first reacted to the criticism by tweeting: “Calm down friends, I’m a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of this great era… It’s a tribute.”

He later tweeted an apology to those he had offended.

“I recognize that’s it’s insensitive on my part. If I offended some people I’m sorry,” he wrote.

The 26-year-old Griezmann plays for Spanish team Atletico Madrid but has been linked to a move to Barcelona.

Alex Morgan named CONCACAF Female POY, Navas wins Male POY

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CONCACAF awarded some of its finest players and coaches on Sunday night, and two familiar faces took home the evening’s most notable awards.

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U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) and Keylor Navas of Costa Rica and Real Madrid each earned Female and Male Player of the Year honors, after boasting tremendous 2017 seasons.

Morgan who primarily plays for Orlando in the NWSL, was also a member of Lyon, who went on to win the Women’s Champions League this past season.

Navas, on the other hand, played a key role in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League run, as well as Los Blancos’ La Liga title.

For Morgan, the award is her third since CONCACAF began handing out its annual awards in 2013. Meanwhile, Navas has now won Male Player of the Year on two occasions.