U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann invited three members of the Earthquakes to a training camp that opens Monday as the Americans begin preparation to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Earthquakes announced Sunday that forward Chris Wondolowski and fullbacks Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow will join the winter training camp at the National Training Center in Carson. The camp culminates with a friendly against Canada on Jan. 29 in Houston, after which the U.S. roster will be set for the upcoming CONCACAF qualifying tournament.
The final qualifying round for the World Cup begins Feb. 6 at Honduras, which features Quakes players in Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez.
The Americans are trying to earn one of three World Cup spots in a 10-game round robin tournament against Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama. The fourth-place finisher also could advance by winning a two-game playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.
Wondolowski, 29, will make his third consecutive January camp appearance. Beitashour, 25, looks to build on his first U.S. national team call-up in August. Morrow, 25, is in camp for the first time in his career.
Senior Nikko Triggas (Campolindo High) moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Ohio State record book for career falls with 44 in the No. 4 Buckeyes' 33-6 win at No. 15 Northwestern.
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Northwestern senior Jason Welch (Las Lomas High), ranked No. 2 in the nation at 157 pounds, defeated No. 16 Josh Demas 4-1. Welch now has 99 career wins and a 17-0 record this season.
Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.