Bobby Wood is becoming a bit of a poster-child for the kind career arc Jurgen Klinsmann seems to have in mind for American players. Rather than going to college, the Hawaiian forward set off for Europe and broke in with 1860 Munich's reserves in 2010.
He eventually worked his way to first team, into the national-team picture and eventually proved himself attractive enough for Union Berlin to plunk down a club record €800,000 transfer fee and is signed through 2018.
Wood has repaid that faith this year, scoring 14 goals -- second most in the 2. Bundesliga -- and is establishing himself as a regular with the United States national team.
Now, he appears poised to make his biggest move yet: to the Bundesliga. According to Beliner Kurier, Wood has already met with Hamburger SV Sporting Director Peter Knabel, who is looking for a forward after Sebastian Polter was sold to Queens Park Rangers.
All of his surely puts a smile on Klinsmann's face, whose been openly impressed with Wood's trajectory.
"It’s really nice to see how he’s becoming a mature player," Klinsmann told USSoccer.com in February. "It’s nice to see that he takes things in his own hands - we always tell the players to be more self-responsible and to have that inner drive to go through problems and to go through issues and make things happen, and Bobby right now makes things happen."