U.S. int’l Wood secures Hamburg transfer

The transfer of USA international Bobby Wood (pictured) from Union Berlin to Hamburg was announced on May 15, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

HAMBURG, Germany – After scoring 17 goals in 27 league games in his only season with second-division Union Berlin, United States international Bobby Wood is moving up the ladder in Germany.

On Sunday, it was announced that the 23-year-old forward was acquired by Bundesliga side Hamburg on a four-year contract.

Wood has been based in Germany for nine years. In January 2007, he joined 1860 Munich, going on to score three goals in 50 first-team games. He moved to FC Erzgebirge Aue in January 2015, before joining Union Berlin last summer.

With the U.S., Wood has earned 16 caps and netted four goals, including game-winners in friendlies at the Netherlands and Germany last year. In competitive matches, the Hawaii native also struck in 2015 against Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup and St. Vincent & the Grenadines in World Cup Qualifying.

Hamburg finished 10th in the recently completed 2015/16 campaign, finding the back of the net 40 times to place it 12th in the 18-team scoring table.