Chris Wondolowski earned his first cap for the United States national team Saturday against Chile, the denouement to what's been an astonishing year for the 27-year-old. He came out of nowhere to win Major League Soccer's Golden Boot last season, putting a San Jose Earthquakes squad on his back and carrying them to the Eastern Conference championship game.
Two days before he took the field for the Stars and Stripes, the forward took a moment to answer five questions from MLSsoccer.com.
1. What's your most memorable United States national team moment?
I would have to say the first day, being able to put on that US gear, look down and see that us badge over your heart. It's always been a dream and that was pretty cool.
2. What would you tell yourself of five years ago?
Just to always remember that it's a profession. Just treat yourself as a professional. Try to take care of your body and take care of your opportunities when you get them.
[inline_node:323426]3. Who has been your favorite teammate to play with and why?
I'd have to say Stuart Holden. One, he's a great player, and two, he's hysterical. He's always pulling pranks. He's a really good guy. I think he and I hit it off well because we're both like big kids. He was in on every single prank I think I've ever been on. There are too many to name. He had some good ones, though.
4. What's one skill you could improve?
My hold-up play with my back to goal – keeping the ball and getting my teammates involved. If I can do that, I think that will help me get more chances.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years in regards to the US team?
I'm hoping I'll still be on the radar. To be honest, I'll be a senior citizen by then in soccer years, and even to have my name mentioned would be an accomplishment.
Noah Davis covers the United States national team for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.