Report linking 1860 Munich youngster Bobby Wood to USMNT camp is premature, says USSF spokesman
A report indicating that Hawaii-born forward Bobby Wood will join the United States national team for its matchup against the Czech Republic next month in Prague is premature, according to a US Soccer spokesman.
1860 Munich released a statement on Monday indicating that Wood – the 21-year-old who earned his first senior cap last August in the USA’s friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina – will join head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's camp following 1860 Munich’s matchup against SV Darmstadt 98 on Aug. 31.
A USSF spokesman, however, told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday that the club only received a provisional release request, which were sent to about 30 other players as part of the protocol for obtaining a player for international duty.
No player has received a final release, according to the USSF spokesman, and those will be sent out later this week. The US faces the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 (2:15 pm ET, NBCSN and UniMas).
Born in Honolulu, but later forming part of the soccer scene in Irvine, Calif., Wood joined 1860 Munich in July 2007. He made his first appearance with the senior team in January 2011 and has since scored 15 goals in 92 games for the club.
His lone appearance for the United States came in the waning minutes of the team’s 4-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina last year. He came on for Seattle Sounders handyman Brad Evans in the 87th minute of the match.
Klinsmann is expected to call a largely European-based roster for the friendly against the Czech Republic, the team’s first match since the World Cup. They’re also scheduled to host Ecuador in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 10 and close out the year against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18.