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Report: Bobby Wood, RSL agree deal, says Athletic report

It’s quite a move for Real Salt Lake. He’s also a former teammate of Damir Kreilach’s.

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According to a report published in The Athletic today, Real Salt Lake has agreed a pre-contract deal with U.S. international striker Bobby Wood.

That deal, according to the report, will see him join RSL from Hamburg following the expiration of Wood’s contract in June.

READ MORE: The Athletic — Bobby Wood to move to Real Salt Lake by this summer: Sources

Wood has been a regular fixture for Hamburg, but as the report states, their drop to 2. Bundesliga plays a role in not renewing a deal with the forward.

While not a consistent goalscorer in the top German division, Wood was a prolific scorer in the second division, with the 2015-16 season seeing him score 17 goals for Union Berlin — a season in which Damir Kreilach scored 12 goals for the same club. No other season from Wood has come close to equaling that measure.

Wood has also featured regularly for the U.S. national team, scoring 13 goals in 45 matches at the international level.

Wood, 28, was brought into the U.S. international system by former national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann; he was born in Honolulu and played youth soccer in California before moving to 1860 Munich in 2007 as 15-year-old.

The move has not yet been confirmed by Real Salt Lake.