Bobby Wood had a good 2015.
How good? The kid tallied game-winning goals for his country against the Netherlands and Germany, tied a game in stoppage time against Mexico, and scored a World Cup qualifying goal against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines back in November.
2016 is shaping up to be even better.
After his showing against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines back in November, Wood is a veritable lock to make the roster for the qualifier against Guatemala coming up in late March.
Pending Jozy Altidore’s health, he could be the starter up top.
Wood’s been hot as a pistol for club side Union Berlin in Germany’s second division this year. He leads all players with 12 goals. The next leading scorer has 3.
While the second division of the Bundesliga may leave a little to be desired by some, Wood is definitely scoring points with Mr. Germany himself, USMNT boss Jürgen Klinsmann.
I’d say living in Germany grants Wood at least a +3 protection enchantment. Not that he needs it – his play speaks for itself.
If Wood keeps his current form up, Klinsmann may have to rethink the United States’ one striker approach.
Bobby Wood and Jordan Morris both appear to be on a marked upward trajectory, and players like Julian Green and Gyasi Zardes have to figure in the mix somewhere.
Jozy Altidore, at 26, is just entering the prime of his career and is next in line to be the attacking torch bearer for the United States as Clint Dempsey enters the twilight of his playing days.
But don’t write old Deuce off just yet.
Yes, Dempsey turned 33 today. But there’s still some magic in those boots, and Dempsey ain’t going out like Landon Donovan did – that’s for damn sure.
Get your shades out, Bobby, ’cause the future’s lookin’ bright for you, my friend.