Chris Wondolowski had another banner year in 2012. He scored 27 goals, tying the single-season MLS record, and, for the third year in a row, made the MLS Best XI.
However, Wondo still finds himself out in the cold regarding the USMNT forward pool.
For the U.S.’ vital October World Cup qualifiers, and with Jozy Altidore firmly in Jurgen Klinsmann’s doghouse, Klinsmann still didn’t select Wondolowski. Instead, the forward pool for those games included Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez and two surprise call-ups, Eddie Johnson and Alan Gordon.
The true insult for Wondolowski is that Alan Gordon is Wondolowski’s teammate with the San Jose Earthquakes, and while Wondolowski was having his record-setting 27 goal season, Gordon had 13 goals.
Several months later, Wondolowski still appears to be a long shot to make the U.S. roster for the February qualifier.
Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez appear to be locks, and even if Eddie Johnson is counted as a wing, Terrence Boyd, Jozy Altidore and Juan Agudelo all have a better shot of making the roster.
While a monster game against Canada could propel Wondolowski into the conversation, it doesn’t appear likely.
Odds of a February call-up: 15/1