With the U.S. in the final stretch before this summer's
Whether that will be enough to earn him a seat on the plane to Brazil remains to be seen. But it sure didn't hurt his chances with Klinsmann, who admitted he came away impressed.
"If you are committed, if you are hungry, if you give everything you have over a long period, sooner or later you get rewarded for it," he said of Wondolowski. "And for 21/2 years now we've been working together and in every training session and every day he came in he gave everything he has."
For the time being Klinsmann says the physical
"For us, it's great to have now competition," Klinsmann said.
Wondolowski needed less than four minutes to get things started Saturday, hanging back and then diving toward a scramble in front of the net to head in the rebound of Brad Davis' deflected shot.
That was all the offense Nick Rimando would need, with the U.S. keeper making five saves to remain unbeaten in 10 games with the national team.
Wondolowski added a second score 15 minutes into the second half and it came in a similar fashion, with the
"He's a pure finisher. He smells where the ball will fall in," Klinsmann said of Wondolowski. "He follows his first thought and just gets it done. And it's really a reward for his commitment, for his attitude, for his character.
But it's nothing new for Wondolowski, who scored 72 goals and won
Now Wondolowski is rushing to make up for lost time. His success could come at the expense of former Galaxy forward Mike Magee, the reigning MLS MVP with the
"I'm going to try to make the most of it," Wondolowski said. "That's always been my mind frame since Day 1. And that's what it's going to be until the last."
Asked whether that would be enough to get him on the World Cup team, Wondolowski smiled.
"You can't play the numbers game at this situation," Wondolowski said. "All you can do is you hope for a call-up and when you get one, try to make the most of it whenever you can.
"You know, just let your work do the talking."
Wondolowski's work spoke loud and clear Saturday.