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Terrence Boyd Highlights: 03.27.12 U.S.-El Salvador

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Terrence Boyd's Clinical Finishing

Terrence Boyd

  • DOB February 16, 1991
  • Age 23
  • Place of birth Bremen, Germany
  • POSITION Forward
  • HEIGHT 6'2"
  • WEIGHT 180
  • U.S. CAPS 12
  • CLUB RB Leipzig
  • TWITTER @tboyd91 (213K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 19
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 21
  • Youth Experience U-20, U-23
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Terrence Boyd grew up in Germany, but he loves America.

A lot.

The talented-but-raw striker is perhaps the most vocal player on the United States team about his excitement to play for the Red, White, and Blue.

Boyd, to U.S. Soccer after the U-23's crushing tie with El Salvador: "I'm proud of my team, and for the first time I really felt what it’s like to fight for your country." And again to Goal.com during the U.S.'s trip to Guatemala for a qualifier: "There was no second-guessing before, and now that it’s official I’m totally committed to the U.S. I just wanted to express my feeling that I’m quite glad that I’ve been given the opportunity to play for the U.S. It’s a big honor." His Twitter feed is full of similar sentiment.

He'll get plenty of chances to demonstrate that passion on the field. Jurgen Klinsmann loves the forward, whom he says is fearless and willing to do anything. What Boyd most needs is seasoning, which he will hopefully get after transferring from Borussia Dortmund—where he dominated on the reserve team—to Rapid Vienna. Though sad to leave Germany, Boyd was excited about his move to the Austrian Bundesliga. "The league is good for young players,” he said. “Plus they are in qualification for Europa League, and the coach wants me and I need that feeling." He responded well, scoring a raft of goals in his first few appearances.

On the national team front, Boyd—who was originally recruited by Thomas Rongen for the U-20s—will continue to fight for time in the senior team starting XI. With no forwards grabbing hold of the position, there's plenty of room for him to see action. And frankly, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Boyd becomes the first-choice starter at some point in the near future. He certainly has the passion.—NOAH DAVIS

Klinsmann on Boyd:
"He's a young player who is on his way up, but he doesn't care who he's playing against. In training, he goes full speed against [Oguchi Onyewu]. He doesn't back up. It gives us more options." (June 2012)

"Terrence is one of our promising talents that we’re trying to develop. He’s one of these guys that should be in London 2012 but unfortunately is not. It makes it more difficult for the Brek Sheas and [Juan] Agudelos and Joe Coronas of the world, so we have to kind of bring them along and help them wherever we can and give them their space to show what they can do. I think Terrence’s work rate was outstanding and his hunger for finishing off-chances is tremendous. It’s something that we really love to see and that’s why we keep working with him and giving him those opportunities. It’s really nice to see what Terrence has achieved within the last couple of months." (June 2012)

Noteworthy Reads

Terrence Boyd: I Never Second Guessed My Decision to Join the US National Team (Goal.com)
Ten Massive Minutes for Young U.S. Striker Terrence Boyd (ProSoccerTalk)
Terrence Boyd's First U.S. Start (Yahoo)
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