Official: USMNT’s Bobby Wood Joins Hamburg SV

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by DENY GALLAGHER

Hard work pays off.

U.S. international Bobby Wood officially signed a four-year deal with Hamburg SV on Sunday, moving to the Bundesliga after a highly successful stint with Union Berlin.

“We’re very happy that we could realize this transfer so early and are looking forward to a young player with lots of potential, one who has also international experience from the national team,” said Hamburg chief executive Dietmar Beiersdorfer.

In his time with the Berlin based outfit, Wood scored 17 goals in 30 appearances. At the young age of 23, Hamburg hopes that Wood can be apart of the club’s resurgence toward the top of the league after flirting with relegation over the past few years. The 2015-2016 campaign, saw the side finish 10th out of 18 teams.

“Everyone knows how difficult the last two years were for Hamburg,” Wood told the club website. “This season there was more stability. You can see that something is slowly developing and that it’s going upwards step-by-step. The club has huge potential. I want to help, to go on this route, and would be happy if I can also further develop at Hamburg.”

As for right now, the player will focus on representing the United States in the upcoming Copa America Centenario. In his first 16 appearances for the Stars and Stripes, Wood has tallied four goals.

Wood and the rest of the United States Men’s National Team are back in action next Sunday when they take on Puerto Rico at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamón.