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Bobby Wood Makes Real Salt Lake Debut Off The Bench Against Seattle Sounders

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Real Salt Lake striker Bobby Wood, 28, has made his debut on the road against the Seattle Sounders. He replaced Nick Besler in the 66th minute.

Wood’s arrival two and a half weeks ago was plagued by a lack of match fitness. His last competitive game occurred on April 4th when he was playing for Hamburger SV in the German second tier.

His recent training form and increase in fitness was the reason he made the 18-player gameday roster in the first place. Manager Freddy Juarez was so impressed with his ability during training that he rewarded him with a debut against the toughest team in the conference.

At the time of Wood’s arrival, the score between RSL and Seattle was 1-0 in favor of Seattle and the majority of chances coming in favor of Seattle.

It is the first time that Wood has played in Major League Soccer after a 14 year career in Germany. Throughout his professional career, he has represented the United States on 45 occasions scoring 13 goals and played against the best players in the world at the peak of German club soccer.

He can now add a playing career in North America to his resume.