5.23: Earthquakes' Chris Wondolowski on Chronicle Live
The Earthquakes' star talks about being named to the U.S. National team for the Gold Cup.
-- sure to check out the San Jose for a earthquakes in Chicago on Saturday at 530 and Comcast sports net Bay Area always wanna -- the quakes are always fun to watch but in particular for this will be the last match that. Chris one allows you play for why don't they are gonna play US open cup match against Chicago coming up Tuesday that both shot 730 but then no one. Is gonna be going away as He has made the gold cup. Roster representing the United States of America and Chris -- allows his back to a chronicle like congratulations you won a lot of issues -- thank you very much true is when did you find out we found out today and did you know ahead of time. I thought not Saturday night. Coach frank -- -- the GM -- the world told me her game. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That's pretty cool off them. -- you a little taste of playing with them during the winter training camp this off season you actually played a match at the Home Depot Center but. This is such a huge honor demanded of the list of the names on this on this roster obviously the very best players. In our nation is is the biggest moment of your anyone the gold -- -- -- led the league in scoring but to be included on this list it is set to be the biggest moment your career. Absolutely biggest individual goal of -- my career and my thing and it's it's pretty cool and -- just you mentioned those names. And to -- -- do where the US national team where they gear and you know play from in a major tournament and I try to -- Eric and help them. And taken a peek at the roster here I see two other forwards on this roster currently in the 23 Jozy Altidore. Who we knew from the World Cup last -- one of the other -- so how much do you anticipate. Playing in big impact on our team USA yeah. Yeah I'm I'm going to have a best -- do do whatever I can do beyond that figured that out there on the field and Chris coach Bradley anyway possible. You know the forwards though they're good just door and 100 LOR agree affords. Not so that I can also bring a little something different in at mound -- and -- To that tooting your finisher -- ought to you know He ought to score. True and just reflect on on the last year as it has been a remarkable rise for you remember your very first goal last year when you -- you ran over and gave your. To add that hog it was so emotionally grew up and -- soccer family your brother was at the players still coach not not Danville doing a great -- out of -- From where you dead last may to where you are this making even believe it. And it's slowly think ended up. Hasn't sunk in yet just been a whirlwind it's being great low you know a lot of credit to my teammates coaches they've been there for me in help me so much and on the grow as a player and a person and it's been -- and loved it. Lester who led the league in and goal scorers with eighteen golden boot award this year you're among the leaders Landon Donovan is number one was -- and you're right there. When number five I think five -- how was it. How to change this year people looking out for number eight now constantly in light of what -- last year -- I -- you're there you know frank young a little bit but I feel that I had. The knowledge of the game -- night you know the fastest guy out there the strongest guy but I feel like -- rely on my soccer knowledge and just -- intuition and common to find lawyers in the box and try to use that to my that's my abilities and we have great guys that can cross the ball and put on a dime it makes my doubly here. Brian Johnson certainly has been very adept at that I would ask you about Lenny Steve land values are trying to live in the off season the guy with a big firm yet of exactly. Did you inherit different people I love ABA's got a great big had a head area baker all the main rather than an. Bloated salaries yeah they're good mustache go with didn't. It is trees on -- I was watching your match the other night against New England at home and He is a tough guy they call what target. Forward any kind of He kind of feed off him because he's knocking people around he's such a a big powerful presence out there -- -- smoothly make my got a lot easier He goes and battled and just not to force out there which. I can kind Joplin or anything -- the second balls I'll have two big center back right in my back and He. He -- about battering -- -- days you hear reports first half was a little slow you made a nice pass to get a goal early in the second half and against one of scored a couple of goals and winning. Talk about the season to the started slow He had a hard time winning at home and not even able the last three matches you've done pretty well. Yeah absolutely beautifully off to a Rocky start I feel that we've really found our this right now and really trying to hit our stride. And now we're playing the confidence we're battling I think we're kind of gone back to last through we just battle for ninety minutes and gonna fight and scrap bin we'll give off the third that's what we can kind of play are stalker in play a little bit and and you know I enjoy it. And everybody from the east bay comes out of the south -- -- you have from Davis sail high school grew up in and Dan bill I don't wanna ask you about your your -- you had speaking of these made the -- and they said you got to throw out the the first -- -- you're you're you're on a baseball player growing up I know and then the -- the China air mailed this we. If you get away from me the idea. -- -- because it looks like I thought I had. There are a lot of I L. Through dead that I would really value really embarrassed as Florida yards and I'll just throw it hard to win the hard in slip down a little bit. I didn't daunted but it was nowhere close what did you shoot -- this actor playing your game is there would have been a lot more accurate and you think in my soccer game not not a whole lot the nets are just throw it harder to get -- Hope to untie you know you you're pretty good baseball player growing up ritual. I always thought I was not played baseball growing up in you know I felt comfortable going out there just. That it horrible. Ever since you became the distance runner gave up baseball and that's just a little bit outside that's a given that you veteran player you want to congratulation on and I had like a chicken and here's what a story on that team USA and the gold cup roster one of the 23 best. Soccer players and all of our nation.