The U.S. international striker signed with Rapid Vienna during the offseason, and the change appears to have done him good.
Here he is firing not one but two bicycle kicks just seconds apart against Roma (and fellow U.S. international and recent transferee Michael Bradley) in a preseason friendly yesterday:
Well, that was pretty gnarly. (The fact that the two attempts came so close together probably explains Boyd‘s celebration on the goal, which would have been a little excessive if it had been just the one bike in a preseason friendly and all.)
Vienna won the game 2-1.
He didn’t summon Juan Agudelo, who’s currently training with Liverpool, but new U.S. U-23 coach Caleb Porter did call two names that were conspicuous by their absence when Porter announced his initial 28-man roster last Thursday—Borussia Dortmund forward Terrence Boyd and UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
Boyd scored two goals in the last U-23 camp, in Germany, and looked like a strong, skillful striker who could challenge for a senior national team spot soon.
Rowe just finished leading UCLA to the NCAA final four in Hoover, Alabama, where the Bruins lost to North Carolina on penalties in the semifinals. A sophomore, he was named 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year, and was a second-team All-America selection.
Here’s Boyd’s impressive goal in the U-23s’ friendly against Bayer Leverkusen last month:
The U.S. camp launches tomorrow in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and runs till Dec 23.
Meet Terrence Boyd, a 20-year-old reserve player for Borussia Dortmund. He is yet another player born in Germany to a U.S. serviceman father and a German mother.
He’s already suited up for the U.S. U-20 team, and he has scored two goals in two appearances for the U.S. U-23s in their current training camp in Germany.
Here’s the second of those, which came yesterday in a 1-1 tie against Bayer Leverkusen (Mixx Diskerud with the assist):
Klinsmann might want to call Boyd in to the January camp and cap him with the senior team—before Germany beats him to it.