Just a year and a half after his first U.S. Men’s National Team start, Honolulu’s Bobby Wood received the same opportunity once again in the opening game of Copa America Centenario in Santa Clara on Friday.
Wood earned his first USMNT start in January 2015 against Chile and scored his first goals against for the USA against Netherlands and Germany last year.
The U.S. roster is stacked with experience, however Wood leads a group of five players who are 23-years-old or younger. Although the roster consists heavily of players who have FIFA World Cup experience, Wood has earned his spot as a regular contributor despite his young age.
Within the past year and a half, Wood scored 17 goals in Germany, which landed him a four-year contract with top notch club Hamburg in May. The local boy was a key component for the MNT’s warm-up games, scoring a goal against Puerto Rico and assists in the victories against Ecuador and Bolivia.
The U.S. has faced Colombia 18 times now, first dating back to 1961. Colombia has continuously been a difficult matchup for the U.S. MNT as their record against them is 3-11-4.
The USMNT fell to Colombia’s domination once again 0-2. Colombia wasted no time and scored against early with goals from Cristian Zapata and later in the 42nd minute when James Rodriguez converted a penalty.
The USMNT will now to Chicago next to face their regional rivals Costa Rica on June 7 at Soldier Field.