It may be an understatement to say that Chris Wondolowski holds Cade Cowell, his teenaged San Jose Earthquakes teammate, in excessive regard.
Addressing reporters earlier this week as preseason reaches one other gear, the MLS all-time goals king showered reward on the 17-year-old forward. Wondolowski, 38, is greater than twice as old because the homegrown attacker.
“I believe the world of this child,” Wondolowski said. “I nonetheless get to name him a child, that’s one thing type of mind-boggling as well, however you just see the work that he’s placing in. I’ve gotten to coach [with him] just a pair occasions, that is as a result of I may barely sustain with him. I positively satisfaction myself on my work ethic, however the amount of work that he put on this offseason, I’m extraordinarily pleased with him.”
Wondolowski added that he feels Cowell will draw extra consideration in the course of the 2021 marketing campaign. He was a part of the United States U-23 national team’s January camp, and last October was reportedly the topic of FC Barcelona’s watchful eye.
It’s now Cowell’s third year as a professional, and he’ll look to enhance upon posting one goal and one assist in 17 video games (4 begins) a season in the past. The teenager has just under 500 MLS minutes to his identify, although his bodily profile and technical items each turn heads.
What most impresses Wondolowski is how Cowell handles himself off the field. Talent apart, intangibles can usually make or break an up-and-coming player.
“He is well-spoken, thought out, caring and that is how he handles himself off the field as well,” Wondolowski said. “I believe he carries himself within the locker room like that, so I would like him to succeed. It is enjoyable to see individuals like that thrive and I believe that he’ll.
“I am actually in awe every day at just the specimen he’s and just pure jealousy of the attributes he has. However his work ethic is what is going on to take him to that subsequent level and getting him to that subsequent level.”