He did again, folks.
While wearing three W's on his jersey (one was pressed on the inside), Chris Wondolowski slotted another two goals for the USMNT against Cuba. His sixth in three games, his fifth goal in Gold Cup play, Wondo is now tied with Clint Dempsey for fifth on the USMNT Gold Cup scorers list.
And he still has a game in group play to go. An incredible achievement.
Relive the magic here:
— Jesse Bignami (@jessebignami) July 12, 2013
Wondo's wish is USMNT kit man Jesse Bignami's command.
True, it was Bignami's mistake in the first place, but it ended up being one of the most memorable moments in U.S. Soccer history. A hat-trick and three w's later, superstitious Wondolowski will sport an extra W on his jersey for every national team game.
Don't worry, though, he's not changing his name to Wondowlowski. Bignami came up with the perfect solution and pressed a W on the inside of Wondo's kit.
So will the magic of the three W's continue? We shall see - tune in to Fox tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. PT as the USMNT continue Gold Cup group play against Cuba.
SV Business Journal takes a look at how Quakes, 49ers, Athletics use big data to gain competitive edge
— SV Business Journal (@SVbizjournal) July 12, 2013
Are you interested in how technology affects sports recruiting? Then, you won't want to miss today's issue of the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Economic Development reporter Lauren Helper takes a look at how professional Bay Area sports teams use big data to gain an edge in the scouting market. Helper reviews the 49ers, the A's and the San Jose Earthquakes to see how nowadays money isn't everything. Teams continue to use technology to evaluate performance, seeing how their investments in athletes will yield big returns.
It's pretty interesting stuff - and, lucky for you, the paper is free online this week.
Wondo (or should we say Wondow?) sat down with U.S. Soccer after training in Salt Lake City and talked his recent Gold Cup hat-trick, his "Wondowlowski" jersey and upcoming opponent Cuba.
So, will we see the Wondow jersey back on the pitch on Saturday? Definitely not, as U.S. Soccer superfan Drew Carey snatched his game-worn jersey in return for 5,000 dollars to the charities of Wondo's choice.
And, according to Wondo, "the price was right."
Be sure to tune in to Fox on Saturday before the Quakes home match at Buck Shaw - the USMNT take on Cuba in their second Gold Cup group match at 12:30 p.m. PT.
Combine Quakes players with float staches, Belgian dip a la Austin Power's Dr. Evil and chugging contests, and you get one hilarious outtake reel.
See for yourself:
Want to be ahead of the style curve along with some of your favorite San Jose Earthquakes players? Then make sure you are attending the A&W Root Beer Float Night on July 13th at Buck Shaw Stadium to get your very own Float Mustache. As you are cheering on the Quakes against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday, make sure to find the Float table where all proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Not only will you be contributing to a great cause, there will be celebrity scoopers helping to make your very own float! Some of the guests include soccer legend Brandi Chastain, former Earthquakes players Chris Dangerfield and Kelly Gray, and many more! Join the players and celebrities in getting you very own float mustache, exclusively at Buck Shaw Stadium.
After Wondolowski's historic first-half hat trick, many soccer sites are ranking him higher and higher as this tournament goes on. From MLSsoccer.com, Greg Seltzer ranked Wondo with the highest score on the team with a 7.5. On ESPN.com, they ranked him a high 9, again the best on the team for his two diving headers to finish. On Pro Soccer Talk, he is climbing up the striking depth chart with an 8, again the highest rank on the team.
Clearly this is Wondo's time to shine, and he is not dulling out anytime soon. After that first half, Wondo came out sporting a new jersey with just as many "w's" in his last name as goals scored, which media and fans thought was very fitting.
From his first international goal on Friday to a stunning first half hat-trick against Belize, it sure looks like Wondo isn't stopping for the USMNT.
And, really, we can't blame U.S. Soccer for misspelling his last name as Wondowlowski. A goal for each W. They knew it was coming.
Following a 6-0 rout of Guatemala last Friday, Klinsmann's squad is ready to begin Gold Cup play. The USMNT face tournament first-timer Belize in Portland tonight.
Wondolowski, who tallied his first international goal on Friday, and recent Quakes signee and USMNT veteran Goodson, who also scored for the red, white and blue last week, will both be in the mix to help Klinsmann's squad to victory.
Be sure to cheer on our guys tonight. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. PT on Fox Soccer. Don't watch alone: find your watch party at one of our preferred pub partners.