San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski has been in London a little longer than the rest of the USA squad ahead of their friendly with Colombia tonight because he’s been training with Championship side Fulham FC.
The 31-year-old flew to England early as San Jose’s season ended earlier than many teams and he has enjoyed the experience with the west-London outfit.
“Yeah, I have been here for a week and a half or so and it’s been fun. I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said on Thursday.
“I need to get some work in and get sharp. I talked to Jurgen [Klinsmann], and we set this up. It’s been a great experience, something that I relish.”
‘Wondo’ has been linked with moves to Europe in the past but admits that his focus is solely on the USMNT fixture against Colombia at Craven Cottage, despite rumblings that he could be set to join Fulham on loan.
“That’s something for the future,” he said. “That’s not really where my head is right now. I’m taking this one day at a time; my head is all about playing for the US.
“I’m really grateful to Jurgen for calling me up. Obviously it’s not the same stage as the World Cup, but any time you get this opportunity, you have to be grateful for it.
“London’s a great city, and that’s why it’s going to be such a special experience to play here.”
The Quakes striker had a double digit goal tally for the fifth successive season despite San Jose’s struggles in MLS this year, and he will be looking to net his tenth international goal in the upcoming games.
Klinsmann has named a host of young attackers in his squad for the friendlies against Colombia and Ireland but Wondolowski will hope to get the nod as he has only played 14 minutes for the USA since the World Cup.
A move to Fulham on loan could be on the cards, but the prolific forward is expected back at San Jose for the 2015 season, as General manager John Doyle recently confirmed.
“I can tell you one thing for sure; Chris Wondolowski will be coming back to San Jose [in 2015],” Doyle said.
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