Can Chris Wondolowski produce? 

January, 9, 2013
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He capped off a record-setting three-year scoring binge with a season as prolific as any in MLS history and drew compliments from all-world defender John Terry after a clinical finish against European champ Chelsea at the MLS All-Star Game last summer.

The question lingers nonetheless: Can Chris Wondolowski -- whose 59 goals for the San Jose Earthquakes from 2010 to 2012 (including 27 last season) are the best-ever three-year total in MLS history -- duplicate his club success at the international level?

World soccer history is littered with players like Robbie Fowler (England) and Roy Makaay (Netherlands), born goal-getters who -- for various reasons -- were never quite able to bridge the club-country gap.

U.S. fans have had their doubts about Wondolowski's ability to do so ever since he missed two sitters in the group stage of the 2011 Gold Cup. Then-coach Bob Bradley sat Wondolowski for the rest of the tournament, but when the 29-year-old got another chance under current boss Jurgen Klinsmann last January, the forward again squandered a golden opportunity to score in his lone start of the year.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

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