Josh Wolff satisfied a goal by playing professional soccer in Europe, but eventually the Parkview grad decided two years in the German Bundesliga was enough for him and his family.
Wolff, 31, signed a four-year contract with Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards, who retained his rights the past two seasons while he played in 34 games for 1860 Munich. The contract was announced Tuesday by the Wizards.
The speedy forward, a veteran with 52 caps and nine goals for the U.S. National Team, has played in two World Cups as well as the 2000 Olympics. He has played nine MLS seasons, five with the Chicago Fire and four with the Wizards.
"I am very excited to be back in Kansas City," said Wolff, who has two young sons with his wife, Angela. "My family and I obviously have great ties here and it was a difficult decision to leave the first time, but it was something that we had to do. In coming back to the United States and MLS, Kansas City was first and foremost in our minds.
"It is a new organization, new management and new staff and all I have heard are great things. KC is a tremendous city and the fans have always been wonderful."
Wolff was sent from Chicago to Kansas City in 2003 for a first-round draft pick (No. 3 overall). He earned team MVP honors and Golden Boot awards from the Wizards in 2004 and 2005, helping the team to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 2004.
The two-time MLS All-Star has 59 goals and 35 assists in 164 career MLS games, contributing to his teams' two Open Cup and two MLS Cup titles.
"Josh is a player that we attempted to sign when (technical director) Peter Vermes and I first took over," Kansas City head coach Curt Onalfo said in a news release. "He's a guy we've always wanted. He's a national team player and an extremely good attacking player. We look forward to getting him incorporated into the team as quickly as possible. I coached him on the U.S. National Team and look forward to coaching him for the Kansas City Wizards."
Wolff is expected to join the Wizards next week, but is not eligible to play until after July 15.