By FRANCO PANIZO
Two years is a long time to go without scoring a goal, but Bobby Wood made sure to end his lengthy drought in emphatic fashion.
Wood bagged a brace to help Erzgebirge Aue defeat Fortuna Dusseldorf, 3-2, on Friday. The two-goal performance came in his second appearance for Erzgebirge – who he joined on loan at the end of the winter transfer window – and snapped a personal scoring slump that dated back to May 19, 2013.
The 22-year-old U.S. Men’s National Team forward first struck in the 15th minute, opening the scoring and his account with Erzgebirge with a sliding finish. Wood then tallied his second of the game just after half-hour mark, again positioning himself to finish off a teammate’s pass with a one-timed effort to make the score, 2-1.
The two goals are not only likely to inject Wood with some much-needed confidence after a frustrating few months at the club and international levels, but they also helped Veilchen move one step closer to avoiding relegation from the 2. Bundesliga.
Erzgebirge is currently in the safe zone in 15th place with 20 points, but the three teams that are trailing have yet to play this weekend.
You can watch both of Wood’s goals here:
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