Chris Wondolowski added to USA roster for friendly vs. Ecuador
Chris Wondolowski has been added to the USA's roster for Friday's friendly against Ecuador, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced Tuesday.
Wondolowski, 31, was one of several USA veterans left off the 21-man roster for the friendly so that younger players could have a chance to gain more experience, according to Klinsmann. On Tuesday, Klinsmann said that Wondolowski was called up because forward Julian Green is still recovering from a rib injury.
The San Jose Earthquakes forward has earned 23 caps for the national team since first appearing in 2011, scoring nine goals. He made his FIFA World Cup debut this summer in Brazil, coming on as a substitute in group play against Portgual and again in the USA's Round of 16 game against Belgium, when he missed a chance in front of the net for the potential winning goal late in regulation.
In MLS, Wondolowski has been with the Earthquakes since 2009 and has scored 89 goals in 157 games for the team. He previously spent time with the Houston Dynamo.
Wondolowski has 13 goals in 20 games this season. San Jose is currently in eighth place in the Western Conference with 29 points.
Friday's game features the USA finale for star Landon Donovan. Donovan, who'll be making his 157th appearance, holds the U.S. national team all-time records for both goals (57) and assists (58). Other notable players include Jozy Altidore, John Brooks and Julian Green.
Ecuador also qualified for this summer's World Cup, failing to advance past the group stage.
The USA plays another friendly next Tuesday against Honduras. The team defeated the Czech Republic 1-0 last month.
- Ben Estes