Jozy Altidore, the American top-flight player, is a good friend of former New York City FC midfielder Chris Wondolowski and the two men are close friends, the U.S. national team said in a statement Thursday.
Altidores father, Chris Wondolsky, also plays for the team.
The two players have been teammates for the past four years, and the team said the two have spoken regularly since the World Cup and Altidos arrival to the U-20 World Cup team.
The statement said Altido has been “an integral part of our program and team” and has been an important member of the team in his first year on the roster.
He was selected to the national team’s squad ahead of the 2017 World Cup, and his international career has seen him play in 14 FIFA tournaments.
Wondolowski played for the Ulysses S. Grant High School men’s soccer team in California and was named the 2015 Pac-12 player of the year.
He also played at the University of North Carolina.
The statement said Wondolows father, David Wondolski, played professionally for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders and New England Revolution.
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