Bobby Wood won't be playing for the United States at the upcoming Gold Cup, but not because Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't rate him or hasn't seen enough of him. The U.S. boss called him up to his Gold Cup squad, but 1860 Munich manager Alexander Schmidt requested that Wood be allowed to stay with the team for preseason. That request was granted.
That's probably good news for Wood's future at the 2.Bundesliga club. If Schmidt insists that he plays the entire preseason with the club, he probably sees him playing more often in this upcoming season. Schmidt said, according to Kicker:
"Es ist schon auffällig, immer wenn Bobby von Anfang an spielt, macht er seine Tore."
For those who don't read German, he said that Wood scores goals when he starts matches. Last season, he scored three goals in four starts and nine substitute appearances in the 2.Bundesliga, with all three goals coming in matches he started.
Wood, who is 20 years old, signed a contract in December that runs through 2016. 1860 has decent depth at striker, but no one locked into a first choice spot outside of captain Benjamin Lauth. He should have every opportunity to win more playing time with 1860 in this upcoming season. He's been a star with the U-20s and is obviously on Klinsmann's radar, so don't be surprised if you get to see a lot more of Wood in the next couple of years.