Bobby Wood could be on his way to Salt Lake earlier than we expected.
Reports coming out of Hamburger Morgenpost today indicate that 2. Bundesliga side Hamburger SV have terminated their contract with Wood effective immediately. It was originally set to expire on July 1 at which time he would make his way to Utah, but according to the report, the club ended his contract early due to poor form and his discontent with his role on the team.
In regards to the poor form mentioned, Wood has only scored one goal for HSV this season which came back in February. That was his first goal for the club since 2018 when they were still playing in Bundesliga, but that was also before he spent some time on loan to Hannover 96. He just hasn’t seen a whole lot of playing time at HSV as he’s fallen down the pecking order in the squad, and clearly wants a change of pace for himself.
It’s reported that Bobby will travel to Copenhagen in Denmark to be with his wife as she gives birth to their second child before he makes his way to Utah to join up with RSL. It’s unclear whether he’ll be here in time for the start of the season in Minnesota on April 24th (though ESPN is reporting that he will), but it seems as though he could join the team much earlier than expected. We’ll keep this story updated as more details become available.
A spokesperson for Real Salt Lake informed RSL Soapbox of the following, “We are in touch with Bobby (Wood). He is currently tending to a personal situation in Europe. We look forward to having him in Salt Lake as soon as possible.”