Josh Wolff -- El Talismán
we've gotten a lot of great results within the last five years against Mexico. It's a great opportunity."
Wolff's history, along with his speed and exceptional skill, should be an advantage when it comes to U.S. national team manager Bruce Arena selecting the first 11 come Sunday. But Wolff knows he has to battle to earn the spot, especially with FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson's burst onto the scene with seven goals in his first six matches with the national team.
"Eddie is in a stretch that no American player has ever been on. Everyone is encouraging him to continue. The goal is to qualify, so he's certainly doing his part, and then some," said Wolff. "As a player, it's a fight to get on the field; you fight for your position as if it was any other national team camp. You want to be on the field and represent your country, to me that's always the case. And that means when you are in camp making the most of your opportunities.
"We've got good forwards, and we've got a good amount of forwards with Brian [McBride] and Eddie, myself, Clint [Mathis], Taylor [Twellman], [Brian] Ching, [Ante] Razov, [Wizards strike partner] Davy [Arnaud] -- a number of guys that are here and a number of guys that are still up-and-coming. It's a good time for U.S. soccer, but the goal is still to qualify."
With a clear goal in mind and a confident, competitive spirit, Josh Wolff is ready to spin his magic in the Azteca for the first time. Mexico beware.
Robert Rusert is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.