USMNT: Bobby Wood Leaves National Team Camp


Another USMNT player is on the move. However, this time the player is not coming to MLS. Bobby Wood has left the USMNT’s January camp so he can join 2. Bundesliga side FC Erzgebirge Aue. Wood previously played for fellow 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich. FC Erzgebirge Aue signed him to a contract that runs through the 2016-17 season.

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Wood, 22, had been with 1860 Munich since January of 2011 when he made his first appearance with the team in a match against MSV Duisbeg, coming on as a substitute in the 82nd minute. Nine months later he made his first career start for 1860 Munich in October of 2011. A few weeks later, Wood scored his first professional goal to secure a 1–1 draw for the club. In his four years with 1860 Munich, he scored three goals in 50 appearances.

Wood has been with the senior national team since May 2013 when Wood was named to a preliminary 35-man roster for the 2013 Gold Cup. He made his senior international debut in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in August of 2013. He made his second career appearance in a friendly against Ecuador 14 months later, coming on as an early substitute in the 21st minute for an injured Joe Gyau. Wood got the most recent start when the USMNT took on Chile at the end of January and lost 3-2.

Maybe with the move, Wood will become a little more productive. Sometimes all a player needs is a change of scenery.

Jan 2, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; General view of the Alamodome in advance of the 2015 Alamo Bowl between the Kansas State Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In other national team news, tickets are selling well just a few hours into the public sales window. Per U.S. Soccer’s website, tickets for the USWNT match in St. Louis and MNT game in San Antonio during the month of April are selling fast.

I love hearing this news. I love seeing the support for the respective national teams. Obviously the men’s national team gets a little more support than the women’s, but regardless it is good to see. Attendance is already projected to be the largest for a USWNT home game in over 11 years.  25,253 watched the WNT beat Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup third-place match in October of 2003.

On the men’s side, more than 33,000 tickets have been sold for their match against Mexico scheduled for April 15, 2015 at the Alamodome. This will be the first match that the MNT has ever played in San Antonio and it looks like it will be viewed by a lot of people.

Stay tuned to for more USMNT and USWNT updates at the year goes along.

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