Bobby Wood is finally out of 1860 Munich, kind of. He has joined FC Erzgebirge Aue on loan and will join their fight to keep from being relegated from the 2. Bundesliga.
With Wood changing clubs and joining a side that wants him to play right away -- unlike 1860, who had no use for him -- the striker has left United States training camp so he can begin training with his new team. He will not play in the Americans' friendly against Panama on Sunday and Jurgen Klinsmann will not call in a replacement for him.
Wood had been frozen out of the 1860 squad. Despite being a well-regarded youth player since 2011 and becoming a regular in the first team player two years ago, new manager Markus von Ahlen did not rate him and left him on the bench for most of the season. That wasn't going to change and he desperately needed to find a new club. Now he has one.
Klinsmann liked Wood, as evidenced by his repeatedly calling the 22-year-old into the national team despite his not playing for his club. It had become clear that his lack of playing time was hurting his development, as he turned in a dreadful performance last week when the U.S. played Chile, but maybe some playing time at Erzgebirge Aue can change that and get him trending in the right direction again.