By, Kyle Gibson
His style of play is not pretty. He’s never scored jaw-dropping goals. He lacks a certain amount of style you see in most strikers.
Is this the game of soccer or an ad for Armani?
What Chris Wondolowski does, as he showed us all again on Saturday, is score plenty of goals, which, I thought, was the point of the game of soccer. Wondo’s two against South Korea on Saturday helped a US Men’s national team comprised of almost all MLS players to defeat South Korea 2-0.
But still, many don’t see Wondo making the break in Jurgen Klinsmann’s final World Cup roster. Is this bias towards the MLS, where Wondo makes his money as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes, or just a nod to the other U.S. strikers?
Since 2009 Wondolowski has 75 MLS goals. That’s good for 15 goals per season. He has 8 goals in 18 USMNT games, with all 8 goals coming after July 5, 2013. He has three multi-goal games with the stars and stripes, a hat-trick against Belize, two against Cuba and two against South Korea on Saturday.
I saw a lot of people ask on Twitter if Wondo can do that against good World Cup teams. I don’t believe South Korea is by any stretch a bad team. The Koreans had plenty of chances yesterday and played a very crafty game in the midfield.
Here’s the deal. Every team needs a scrapper, someone that knows how to simply put goals in the back of the net. Look at Wondo’s track record. This is a guy that scores often. It may not be pretty, but give him the chance and he will hammer a ball home.
For Klinsmann, imagine the confidence you would have in selection if you could bring Wondolowski on in the 65th minute to try for a garbage goal.
I’ve seen players like Ronaldo and Miroslav Klose make a career out of bagging garbage goals in a World Cup.
I know the U.S. has plenty of other good selections for striker, but I think a country always has room for a player that knows how to score a gritty goal. it doesn’t matter how you score, as long as you are putting numbers on the scoreboard.