Wondolowski double leads US past South Korea 2-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014

CARSON, California (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored both goals in the United States' 2-0 victory over South Korea in an international friendly Saturday.

Wondolowski strengthened his case for inclusion on the U.S. World Cup squad for Brazil with his sixth and seventh goals in his last eight appearances for the U.S. team, which was missing several top players. The San Jose Earthquakes striker headed home a rebound in the fourth minute and struck again with a close-range strike in the 60th minute.

"My mind frame doesn't change," said the 31-year-old Wondolowski, who got his first call to the U.S. camp just over three years ago. "Any time I get this wonderful opportunity to represent my country, I'm going to try to make the most of it. That's always been my mind frame since Day One, and that's what it's going to be until the last."

The Americans' won their 13th straight home match, thrilling a flag-waving sellout crowd at StubHub Center.

After winning 16 games and the Gold Cup title in 2013 during the most successful year in team history, the Americans began World Cup preparations with a 2½-week training camp in Brazil last month before a week in Southern California.

"The guys showed a lot of quality, a lot of effort," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Several key U.S. players were not in camp while busy with their European club teams, including captain Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore and goalkeeper Tim Howard. Michael Bradley also isn't in town while getting settled in at Toronto FC.

Klinsmann remains encouraging about Wondolowski's chances of getting to Brazil while also affirming Altidore's spot atop the U.S. lineup. Altidore, the team's co-leader in goals last year, is having a difficult season at Sunderland.

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