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Bobby Wood signs with Union Berlin in 2.Bundesliga

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Bobby Wood is heading back to the 2.Bundesliga after signing with Union Berlin. Wood was out of contract so he could sign with any team and despite reported interest from first division sides, picked Union Berlin.

It's unclear how serious clubs like Stuttgart were about signing Wood. He's shown some promise, but at 22 years old isn't especially young anymore and has never shown to be a reliable goalscorer at any club level. Had he gone to a first division club, it's most likely that he would have spent a lot of time on the bench.

Wood scored the winning goals for the United States against the Netherlands and Germany last month, rewarding Jurgen Klinsmann's faith in him. Despite that, he was not named to the Americans' Gold Cup roster. That was likely so he could sort out his club situation and participate in the entirety of training camp with his club. Now he'll get the chance to do that with Union Berlin, where he can hopefully establish himself as a starter.

The biggest thing for Wood's career right now is regular playing time. Being in the second division obviously isn't ideal, but the 2.Bundesliga is a solid league and if he can start week in, week out and continue to develop his game then it will be a good place for him at this point in his career.