San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski has been called up to join the U.S. men’s national team for a two-game European trip that begins with a friendly against Scotland in Glasgow on Friday.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Monday that the 30-year-old Danville native was one of six forwards named to the 23-man roster for the game with Scotland and a friendly against Austria on Nov. 19 in Vienna.
Wondolowski scored 13 goals for the Earthquakes in all competitions this year and had five goals for the U.S. during its CONCACAF Gold Cup championship in August.
Other strikers added to the U.S. side include Jozy Altidore (Sunderland-English Premier League), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna-Austrian Bundesliga), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders-MLS), Aron Johansson (AZ Alkmaar-Eredivisie [Netherlands]) and Eddie Johnson (Sounders).
The two-game trip will provide players with another chance to earn spots on the team the U.S. will send to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next June. The Americans earned their spot by winning the CONCACAF qualifying fourth round, going 7-1-2. Other CONCACAF squads to qualify were Costa Rica and Honduras, while Mexico still has a chance to get into the 32-team field if it can win a qualification playoff with New Zealand. The first leg of the qualifier is Wednesday in Mexico City with the second set for Nov. 20 in Wellington, New Zealand.