Wondolowski called to USMNT duty

Quakes striker will suit up for the USA in friendlies against Scotland, Austria

Wondo usmnt 7/10/2013

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was among 23 players called to United States Men’s National Team duty by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday.

The U.S. will face Scotland on Nov. 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (12 p.m. PT / ESPN2, UniMas), then four days later will play Austria for the first time since 1998 when they meet at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna (11:45 p.m. PT / NBC Sports Network, UniMas). Players departed Monday for Glasgow.

"We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note," said Klinsmann. "We want to use these games to prove a point and see that our players are continuing to improve as we build towards the World Cup. The results in MLS wound up fitting in with our roster plans, so we didn't need to call in any guys who are still in the playoffs. There are some injuries issues that now give other players the chance to step up."

Wondolowski, 30, was San Jose’s leading scorer in 2013 with 13 goals in all competitions. The Danville native has 15 caps with the United States. He was part of the Americans’ CONCACAF Gold Cup championship run in July, banging home five goals to share the tournament’s Golden Boot award with teammate Landon Donovan and Panama’s Gabriel Torres.

The USA finished in first place in qualifying in the CONCACAF region for the third straight time, earning a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the process. After completing a team-record 12-game winning streak, the U.S. has won 16 games in 2013, already a team high for a calendar year.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:

Goalkeepers (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).

Defenders (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla).

Midfielders (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City).

Forwards (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).