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Friday, May 25, 2012

Sports digest: Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes selected to US roster - Tri-Valley Herald

Chris Wondolowski's uncanny goal-scoring talent led to his latest invitation to the U.S. national team soccer camp, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Friday.

"First and foremost is he scores goals," Klinsmann said during a national conference call with reporters. "He is hungry for goals, no matter if it is in training or in an MLS game. Every place. This is fun to watch."

The Earthquakes star was one of 23 players to make the U.S. roster for an important five-match series starting Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., against Scotland.

Wondolowski, a Danville native who graduated from De La Salle High, will contend for playing time with some of the country's best forwards. Also on the roster are Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy) and Herculez Gomez (Santos).

Wondolowski is tied with Kenney Cooper with 11 goals apiece in the Major League Soccer Golden Boot race this season.

Wondolowski, 29, will return to San Jose in time for the second half of the MLS season that begins June 20 at Colorado.

  • Center back Victor Bernardez, 30, is available Sunday for the Quakes' match at Sporting Kansas City, the team announced. He will join the Honduran national team the next day as part of his country's 27-player training camp roster. Bernardez hasn't played since suffering an injury April 14 at New York.
  • MLS suspended Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso for two games and fined him for using what it termed excessive force during a game against the Columbus Crew.

    NFL

    Jon Beason, the Panthers' three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, fired back at 49ers quarterback Alex Smith via Twitter after comments he perceived were a slam on Carolina teammate Cam Newton. Beason wrote, "Alex smith, don't hate on Cam (because) your stats would've gotten u cut if Peyton decided to come 2 San Fran. Truth b told. That's after a 13-3 yr."

    Smith used Newton as an example earlier this week that big stats don't always equate to wins. "I could absolutely care less on yards per game," Smith told reporters when asked about the 49ers finishing 29th in the NFL in passing yards last season. "I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you're losing games in the second half, guess what, you're like the Carolina Panthers and you're going no-huddle the entire second half. Yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games. That's great. You're not winning, though."

    Track and field

    Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 10.04 seconds at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, his first victory in Europe leading to the London Olympics. Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius failed to secure a place at the London Games after he clocked a disappointing 47.66 seconds in the 400 meters. Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," needs to run 45.30 or faster once more before June 30 to earn a trip to London in line with the South Africa athletics federation Olympic criteria.

    Tennis

    If Novak Djokovic is going to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, he might have to beat Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals. Friday's draw set them up to face each other in Paris at the same stage as last year, when Federer ended Djokovic's 43-match winning streak. That was Djokovic's last loss at a major tournament.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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