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Report: Bobby Wood signs with Real Salt Lake

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A fresh start for the American striker

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It’s been a while since Bobby Wood grabbed headlines but he’s still playing soccer and is looking for a fresh start. According to the Athletic, Wood has signed a pre-contract with RSL and will be able to join the club once his deal with Hamburg ends in June.

After seeming to be a rising star in Germany and with the USMNT, the striker has hit a bit of a cold spell. In the 2020-21 season, Wood has played just 122 minutes coming off of the bench and managed just an assist in that time. After a breakout season with Union Berlin in 2015-16 when he scored 17 goals, Wood moved to Hamburg but only managed 10 goals while dealing with injuries during his stint with the club.

It was noted last year that Wood was closing in on a deal with FC Cincinnati that never came together, so this isn’t the first time that he’s been linked with a move to MLS. The deal with RSL would tap into the team’s Targeted Allocation Money, so the club obviously sees value in Wood despite his recent struggles.