A few years ago, Bobby Wood was considered an up-and-coming Bundesliga striker. But his career at HSV fizzled out a bit. About a year ago, the attacker turned his back on Germany after 14 years. Let’s take a look at what has become of the 29-year-old today.
Hawaii-born attacker Bobby Wood found his way to Germany at the age of 14 and joined the youth section of 1860 Munich. There he made the leap to the pros and the American national team. Wood played 54 games for the lions’ first team, in which he was only able to score three goals.
After a somewhat uneven farewell, Wood switched to the then second division club Union Berlin, where, unlike in previous years, he was able to create a goal threat and scored 17 second division goals within one season. He also aroused the interest of HSV, for which the four million euro transfer kicked in between 2016 and 2021.
In his first two Bundesliga games, Wood was able to build on his strong performance from the previous year and scored two goals. After his promising beginnings at HSV, rumors quickly arose that Dortmund and Leverkusen were interested in the attacker.
However, Wood could not maintain his level, was meanwhile (more or less unsuccessfully) loaned to Hannover and scored only a moderate 13 goals in 80 HSV games.
Since April 2021, Wood has been playing football again in his home country in the USA. There he is active in Major League Soccer for Real Salt Lake City. However, the 45-time national player has only scored five goals in 30 competitive games for the club. He also made headlines in October 2021 when he was deported to the Real Monarchs farm team and replaced after 60 minutes by a 13-year-old.
To be fair, Wood had his good moments too. Just two months later, his late winner made him a playoff quarterfinal hero against Sporting Kansas City.
However, the attacker was unable to revive his career in the long term. Rather, Wood joins the ranks of talents who never made the big breakthrough. This can also be seen from the fact that he has not played an international match for the USA since 2018. Accordingly, Wood will most likely have to look at the 2022 World Cup from afar.