US international Chris Wondolowski open to Fulham loan


After a successful training stint at Craven Cottage, San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski would love to become the latest American to turn out for Fulham.

After a week-long training stint with Fulham, US international Chris Wondolowski would be more than open to a winter loan spell with the Cottagers ahead of the 2015 MLS season.

With Jurgen Klinsmann’s side taking on Colombia at Craven Cottage on Friday night, the San Jose Earthquakes striker arrived early in west London to get a brief taste of life with the Championship club.

And, while he stressed that the situation only presented itself due to his side being out of the MLS Cup Play-offs, the 31-year-old would love to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, Kasey Keller, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and now Emerson Hyndman in turning out for the team dubbed ‘Fulhameria’ back home.

"That would be amazing," he told reporters at US training. "IF that opportunity comes about then I'll be open ears, but as of right now I just appreciate them opening the doors and letting me train.

“London’s a great city, and that’s why it’s going to be such a special experience to play here.

“I needed to get some work in and get sharp. I talked to Jurgen and we set this up. It’s been a great experience, something that I relish.”

The 2012 MLS MVP, Wondolowski has managed double-digit goals in each of the past five seasons, with his consistent form seeing him break into Klinsmann’s plans and earn a place on the World Cup squad this summer.

As a late-bloomer in football terms, the 24-times capped front man has received just fleeting interest from abroad in his career, but admits that he’d be interested in a permanent European switch at some stage.

“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 [Friday].

“I’m just 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.”

With 93 goals in 198 MLS regular-season games, Wondolowski has the kind of scoring pedigree to entice European interest and, should he impress against Colombia, then perhaps Fulham might just consider bringing him back in the winter transfer window.

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