Watch: Bobby Wood scores in Hamburg Debut

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

Making both his Bundesliga and Hamburger SV debut today was United States international striker Bobby Wood, who took only 30 minutes to grab his first goal for his new German side.

Having impressed both on the International stage as well as in the Bundesliga 2. last year, it was much of the same for the Hawaiin native in Hamburg’s opening day match against FC Ingolstadt. Wood’s goal came in the 30′ minute off of a huge lob over the top from German goalkeeper Rene Adler. The feed impressively fell kindly to the American forward’s head. Upon controlling the ball off of the bounce, Wood continued to fight forward, pushing off a handsy Ingolstadt defender.

Once Wood entered the opposing 18, he fired a powerful low shot to the left of Ingolstadt’s goalkeeper, giving his new club an early 1-0 lead.

Wood continued to impress the rest of the match, displaying his willingness and tenacity many American fans have come to know and expect out of the 23-year-old striker. Although the Hawaiian native enjoyed an impressive debut match, Hamburger SV was unable to secure a win, allowing a late 79′ minute goal by Lukas Hinterseer to decide the match in a 1-1 draw.

The successful debut for Wood in the Bundesliga should excite American fans greatly, especially with the upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches in early September. If the 23-year-old continues to perform at this level, there is no doubt that Jurgen Klinsmann will call him up once again for international play.