U.S. MNT forward Bobby Wood gave fans the inside scoop on his transition to Germany, favorite pump-up music, greatest National Team experience, and more in a Facebook Q&A with fans around the world following training with his club, 1. FC Union Berlin, yesterday afternoon.
Here are some of our favorite questions and Bobby’s answers below:Abraham Akhtar: Bobby, what did it feel like scoring the game-winning goals against the Netherlands and Germany last year?
BW: Netherlands - I was kinda shocked. You can tell by my facial expression. I couldn't believe I scored for the National Team. After scoring against the Netherlands, I wanted that feeling again against Germany and there's nothing better than scoring, especially a goal like that.
David Ranno: What do you expect this year from the MNT, especially with Copa America coming to the states?
BW: I think it’s awesome that Copa America Centenario is in America, because it helps the interest of soccer develop in the U.S. You saw that after the FIFA World Cups in previous years. It’s exciting that a big tournament like this is finally in the U.S. There’s nowhere better to have it.
Juan Zavala: Did you ever have that moment back then when you said "no way I'll make it pro" or felt like giving up and going down a new route?
BW: For sure. After my knee surgery in 2011, I was out of contract and TSV 1860 Munchen didn't want me anymore. It was tough going home. I was happy spending time with my friends back home, so I thought maybe going to college would be a lot of fun. I would've quit if it wasn't for my coach Alex Schmidt who talked me out of it and told me to try one more time. My mom and my sister also supported me and told me not to give up, but I was welcome to come home. I'm glad I stuck with it.
Kyle Marie Swerdloff: What are some strategies that helped you to come back on the field after your knee surgery? I want to come back but I fell like I'm not ready I don't fell as confident.
BW: I learned a bunch of information about my knees. That way you know if you have pain in a certain area, you know what it is. Everyone is different, but with knee injuries, you have to take it slow and not rush it. A lot of it is mental. If you feel comfortable with it, you can push it, but you have to listen to your body and how it feels.
Steven Kippel: In Hawai'ian youth games, do they get Capri Suns and Spam after the game?
BW: Haha they actually did. After every game, we had SPAM musubis and Capri Sun's literally after every game.
Check out the rest of the Q&A here.