|World Player of the Week |
|Belize ||1-6||United States |
Chris Wondolowski's surname was spelled incorrectly on the jersey he was given for the United States' Gold Cup clash with Belize. The 30-year-old forward shrugged it off - he's more commonly known as 'Wondo' for a reason - but the typo (a third 'w') seemed somewhat apt.
Despite establishing himself as one of the MLS' most lethal marksman over the past couple of seasons, Wondolowski has never been one of the first names on Jurgen Klinsmann's team sheet, so perhaps it was hardly surprising that the kit man had erred.
However, Wondolowski has certainly made a name for himself on the international stage over the past week, with the San Jose Earthquakes striker netting a stunning first-half hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition of Belize.
Wondolowski was benched for the Americans' next outing against Cuba, thus underlining the enormity of the challenge he has in forcing his way into Jurgen Klinsmann's thinking for next year's World Cup. However, the attacker - who opted to keep his lucky extra 'w', only this time stitched onto the interior lining of the jersey - responded in the best possible fashion, netting twice after being thrown on as a substitute just before the hour mark.
"Having his club form translate to the international level has been a long time coming for Wondolowski, the reigning MLS Most Valuable Player, after a 27-goal 2012 season with the San Jose Earthquakes," Goal USA's Avi Creditor acknowledged.
"However, should he keep up this productivity against stronger opposition, he will force his way back into the discussion of which forwards would be World Cup-worthy, provided, of course, that the USA continues its run through CONCACAF and qualifies for Brazil 2014."
|Congratulations to Chris Wondolowski, Goal's 218th World Player of the Week winner! |
Ronaldinho - Atletico Mineiro
@LeeRoden89: "What a pass from Ronaldinho! All in the mind."
Goal's Dan Edwards: "Set up Bernard for Atletico's opener against Newell's Old Boys before scoring a crucial penalty."
@ONEWorldSports: "Sato has now scored double-digit goals in 10 consecutive seasons."
Goal's Dan Orlowitz: "The 2012 Golden Boot and J-League MVP proved his class yet again with a hat trick."
Ebenezer Assifuah - Ghana
@JoeKrishnan: "Ebenezer Assifuah is not a name football fans will forget in a hurry."
Goal's Enis Koylu: "Struck against both France and Iraq to claim the U-20 World Cup's golden boot with six goals."
Thierry Henry - NY Red Bulls
@JT4Mets4Arsenal: "Arsenal legend with two assists and a goal in a masterclass performance."
Goal's Keith Hickey: "Started the move for the opener, slotted home the second and set up Cahill for the third."