The U.S. men’s national team will face Ecuador in East Hartford, Connecticut for Landon Donovan’s final international game, but the most recent spotlight has been trained on San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, who head coach Jurgen Klinsmann just brought on to the squad.
Wondoloski hasn’t played for the United States since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer, but he has performed well in club play, leading the Earthquakes in goals and tied for seventh in MLS goal scoring as well.
The 31-year-old striker has made 23 appearances for the U.S., scoring nine goals, and according to the Contra Costa Times, Wondolowski has his sights on performing in the Gold Cup next summer in order to take part in the 2017 Confederations Cup, which occurs about one year before the 2018 World Cup.
“It’s a big goal of mine,” he said. “I have to play to the highest standards so I can get the opportunity.”
Major League Soccer’s favorite poacher will be 35 years of age by the time 2018 comes around, and assuming Klinsmann sticks the national team’s youth movement, Wondo will likely have a minor role, if any, in the future squad. However, if his form holds strong, especially with his magnificent success in previous Gold Cup play, the Californinan should crack the lineup in 2015.
Here is the full United States’ roster below.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)