How big were the two game-winning goals Bobby Wood scored for the USA against the Netherlands and Germany? The German tabloid Bild reported VfB Stuttgart has agreed to acquire the 22-year-old forward from 1860 Munich for 1.2
million euros ($1.3 million). Just a month ago, Wood's future was in doubt after Erzgebirge Aue, the tiny club at which he finished the 2014-15 season, was relegated to the third division.
Promoted Darmstadt and Ingolstadt were supposedly in the race for the Hawaiian-born Wood, but VfB Stuttgart, which stayed up after winning the promotion/relegation playoff, won out. The
connection? Stuttgart scout Alexander Schmidt was Wood's youth coach at 1860 Munich, where he moved when he was 14, and again his coach when he took over the
first team in 2012-13.
Wood had injured his knee playing with the U.S. U-20s in March 2011 and U.S. U-23s in November 2011, missing more than a year before his return in late 2012 when Schmidt was
appointed head coach. He played 36 games in 2012-13 and 2013-14 before falling out of favor last fall in Munich. His loan move to Aue came after he made his first start for the USA in a 3-2 loss to
Just when he seemed to be finding his form following his move from 1860 Munich to Aue, he was taken out in a hard challenge in a match against Darmstadt, suffering a ligament tear
and meniscus damage to his right knee that sidelined him for two months.
1860 Munich avoided Aue's fate when it beat Holstein Kiel in the Bundesliga 2 promotion/relegation playoffs. Bild
reported that it sports director, Gerhard Poschner, and its interim coach, Torsten Froehling, wanted to keep Wood, but
the American forward wanted to leave. Wood had a falling out with Froehling's predecessor, Markus von Ahlen, who had sent him to 1860 Munich II in the fourth
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