Chris Wondolowski has revealed his regret at missing a chance that ultimately saw the United States crash out of the World Cup.
The San Jose Earthquakes forward had a clear-cut opportunity with just one minute of stoppage time remaining in his side's second-round clash against Belgium and the scores tied at 0-0, but fired over.
Team USA did eventually find the net in extra-time through teenager Julian Green, but they were two goals down by this point and lost the game.
"Geoff Cameron played a great ball and it went to Jermaine Jones. He was able to knock it down to me. I just went for it, reached, and leaned back too far, and when you lean back it sails," said the 31-year-old in an interview that was quoted by MLSSoccer.com.
"The keeper did a good job coming out, and I was trying to place it over his shoulder. I got under it too much. I should make it more often than not, and one hundred percent of those I need to get on frame.
"That’s the biggest thing that eats me up, because when you get it on frame anything can happen."
When asked whether he has pondered the miss much in the days since, Wondolowski admitted that it wasn't easily forgotten.
"I’ll always think about it. I think about every miss. I think about misses I had against Real Salt Lake three years ago. It was such a big moment on a big stage.”
It was his second appearance at the tournament for the Stars and Stripes, who'd lost Jozy Altidore through injury. Having returned to the States earlier in the week, the former Houston Dynamo confessed that he can't wait to get back into Major League Soccer action.
"That miss is going to help me. It’s one of those things that will be a driving force and help motivate me. In offseasons, and during hard times, I’ll go back to that and really push through it, because I don’t want that feeling again. It’s one of those things where you want to work hard enough where it doesn’t happen again.
"Being a striker, it will happen again. I will miss another goal. I’ll also score another one," he added.
Unfortunately for the Californian, the Quakes don't play again until they host DC United on July 11. In Wondolowski's absence, they were knocked out of the US Open Cup by league-leaders Seattle Sounders FC and slipped to the bottom of the MLS Western Conference.
The 23-time USA international remains San Jose's top-scorer for the season with five conversions, bringing his total for the club to 80 goals in 144 appearances.
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