Bobby Wood: Draw spoils joy of first Bundesliga goal with Hamburg
U.S. international Bobby Wood said he would have preferred Hamburg had beaten Ingolstadt after scoring his first goal for the club in Saturday's 1-1 draw.
The 23-year-old hit the back of the net only 30 minutes into his Bundesliga debut for Hamburg following his €3.5m summer transfer from second-tier club Union Berlin.
The forward picked up a long ball by Hamburg keeper Rene Adler and scored with a strong finish from inside the box, but he was left with mixed emotions with the draw.
"Sure, I am pleased with the goal, but I would have preferred to pick up three points," Wood said. "I am annoyed, it's just stupid how we conceded that goal. I don't know what happened to us in the second half."
Wood's goal was not enough to secure Hamburg three points on the opening day of the league. With only 11 minutes left, HSV defender Cleber failed to clear an Ingolstadt cross and rather set up Lukas Hinterseer for the equaliser.
Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia said that Wood's goal was part of the club's expectations.
"We bought him just for that. He's got pace, and he knows how to use his body," Labbadia told reporters after the match.
On Sunday, Wood left Hamburg and flew to Jacksonville, Florida, where he met up with his U.S. teammates. The U.S. play a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier away at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2, followed by another at home to Trinidad & Tobago four days later.