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Meet the 2 San Jose Earthquakes Players on the U.S. Men’s National World Cup Soccer Team

By Alyssa Pereira

The World Cup is upon us. The largest single-sport event in the world is finally picking up speed, and the country’s finest are joining forces for what is pretty much the real-life, sanctioned national league of extraordinary gentlemen.

This time around, the Men’s National roster picked up not one, but two players from our very own kick ass San Jose Earthquakes. Here’s a little bit about them so that when the Cup rolls around you know which local boys to root for.

Clarence Goodson, Defender

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The 6’4″, 31-year-old Virginia native has played for the national team for about eight years now, and has played with the Earthquakes since last year. He has rocked #21 previously on the national teams, so you’ll likely catch him with same insignia this time around as well. He’ll be looking pretty comfortable on the national stage too—besides just being on the national team, he also started nine games in the last World Cup go around in 2010.


Chris Wondolowski, Forward



Joining the beastly squad up front with Clint Dempsey and (former Quake) Landon Donovan is the forward lovingly known as Wondo. Chris Wondolowski is not only a local player as an Earthquake, he’s a local player as a Danville, California native. That’s right—the 2012 top goal scorer in the whole damn MLS went to our very own De La Salle High School. Wondo is famous for his uncanny ability to find the perfect opportunities to strike one into the back of the net. He has played with the Quakes since 2009, and like Goodson, he’s used to getting down to business as soon as he steps on the field—last March he made his 100th career start with the Earthquakes.


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