Boyd's chance to shine at Rapid Vienna  

July, 23, 2012
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It's fair to say that Terrence Boyd is off to a good start at Rapid Vienna.

If you missed it, the American striker picked up the No. 9 jersey and made a sterling initial impression last week with a pair of stunning bicycle kicks in a friendly against Michael Bradley and Roma -- one of which marked his first (unofficial) goal for his new club. Then he did himself one better over the weekend, scoring twice and earning the team's top rating from club fans -- 5.84 out of 6 -- for his two-goal debut in Rapid's Bundesliga opener.

Much of Boyd's early-season success can be attributed to timing. While several top American national teamers are set to move clubs this summer, the young forward beat everyone else to the punch by a matter of weeks.

Boyd got his first full cap for the U.S. in early June, just as a transfer from Borussia Dortmund to the Austrian side was consummated. Rather than worrying about where he would be playing this fall, he spent his summer getting accustomed to his new team.

After spending his early career in the reserves in Germany, Boyd suddenly looks like a first-team lock in Vienna. That was the whole point of the move -- a transfer both player and his national team coach are pleased about.

"It shows you that he was already observed over the last year by a lot of European clubs," Jurgen Klinsmann told Insider earlier this summer. "We are happy that he makes that step to a club where he will probably see a lot of playing time, and it's a league in between. If you go straight into a First Bundesliga team there might be the risk, 'OK, is he still then playing right away?'"


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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