Terrence Boyd

The striker's enthusiasm for the U.S. national team is matched only by his potential.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF SOCCER?

Playing in the neighborhood with other children when I was 5 or 6. We played on any field we saw, but not at a club.

WHO WAS YOUR SOCCER HERO GROWING UP?

Thierry Henry.

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE SUITING UP FOR THE U.S.

I felt very proud to be at the team and couldn’t believe it. I tried to give more than 100% for the team and I still try to do it nowadays.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A SOCCER PLAYER?

The fact that every soccer player is kind of an artist and has to deal with several aspects in his daily life. You never know what he comes up with.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST DISLIKE IN AN OPPONENT?

Arrogance.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SOCCER SUCCESS?

Hard work.

WHAT IS ONE SOCCER SKILL YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?

I want to make my game faster.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT?

My stepfather—he trained me.

WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN THE GAME?

Gerson, our defender from Brazil here at Rapid.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER ACHIEVEMENT?

Playing for the United States national team.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER DISAPPOINTMENT?

When we failed to qualify for the Olympics in London.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM THE GAME?

There is no justice in the game.

WHO ARE THE MOST TALENTED TEAMMATES YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?

Marcel Halstenberg from Borussia Dortmund Amateurs and Clint Dempsey.

WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS YOU HAVE LINED UP AGAINST?

Thiago Silva.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

I would study at university and travel through other countries.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN THE GAME?

To win with the team. When our fans go home, being satisfied and saying, "Hey, that was a great game!"

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