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Bobby Wood Signs With Union Berlin of 2.Bundelsiga

Hawaii native Bobby Wood struggled last season but his strong performances for the U.S. national team raised his profile and earned him a new deal with 2.Bundesliga side Union Berlin.
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
July 06, 2015
12:30 PM

BOBBY WOOD HAS BEEN LINKED to several clubs in Germany but the United States national team forward has inked a three-year deal with Union Berlin of the 2.Bundesliga.

Wood, 22, has played in Germany since 2007 when he joined 1860 Munich's academy. He rose through the ranks at 1860, making his first-team debut in 2011. Unfortunately for the Honolulu native, it was also that year when he suffered a knee injury while playing for the United States U-20 national team. It would take him nearly 18 months to return to the first team on a regular basis.

Wood struggled during the 2014-15 campaign, coming up short on the score sheet and feuding with the team’s coach. He was then loaned to 2.Bundesliga relegation fodder Erzgebirge Aue for the remainder of the season. Despite playing well for Aue, the team was dropped to Germany's third tier.

With bad blood still apparent between Wood and 1860, the club was eager to sell Wood and Union Berlin came in with the best offer. This past season, Union Berlin finished in seventh place in the 2.Bundesliga.

Six weeks ago, Wood’s stock began to soar in large part because of his play with the U.S. national team. In recent high-profile friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, Wood scored game-winning goals in the dying minutes of both contests—despite coming on as a sub.

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