Last year at Stanford Stadium in front of just over 50,000 spectators, in the 61st minute with the score knotted at 3-3, Marvin Chavez whipped a corner kick into the box. Chris Wondolowski rose into the air, and with the slightest of the touches the striker back-heeled the ball into the net. The goal capped an impressive 4-3 come-from-behind win for the San Jose Earthquakes over the rival LA Galaxy.
Immediately upon striking the goal, an animated Wondolowski sprinted over to a group of uniformed servicemen and servicewomen to salute them as his teammates joined him in celebration. This year, however, Wondolowski’s involvement in the California Clasico has been very much in doubt.
The 2012 MLS MVP suffered a right foot contusion in training last week, and the 30-year-old didn’t even make the trip to nation’s capital over the weekend for the Earthquake’s disappointing 1-0 loss to D.C. United.
However, after, making it through training on Thursday, Wondolowski told MLS.com’s Geoff Le...