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Wednesday, July 25, 2012


(Associated Press)
Some high praise for Union rookie Antoine Hoppenot was handed down Tuesday, by one of Major League Soccer's top players.

San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski (pictured), who leads the league with 17 tallies, is in town for tonight's MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea FC.

And like Hoppenot, who was the 50th pick in the MLS supplemental draft, Wondolowski's MLS fate was left to the secondary draft day -- as an overlooked entry-level player back in 2005.

Though Wondolowski's resume is dotted with a tad more success (tie for MLS Golden Boot, two-time MLS Cup champion) than, say, Hoppenot's, Wondo offered some advice to Hoppenot, the kid who has scored a pair of goals coming off the bench for the revitalized Union.

“Keep working at it. You have to work hard," Wondolowski said, following Tuesday's training at PPL Park. "Just keep developing your skill set and, if you get a chance, just try to make the most of it. That's what I'd say (to him)."

More from the All-Star Game later tonight, including a post with the starting XI for both clubs and a post-game update.

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