USA international Terrence Boyd may not be starring in Brazil this summer as he had hoped but the striker is at least enjoying a prolific start to preseason with Rapid Wien.
That’s after the Austrian club trounced amateur side SC St. Pantaleon-Erla an astonishing 20-0 in a friendly on Sunday, with Boyd scoring a brace, one from the penalty spot, in the one-sided affair.
Unsurprisingly, several others players managed to get on the scoresheet multiple times, with 19-year-old midfielder Louis Schaub the pick of the lot with five goals to his name.
With 13 international caps since making his USA debut in 2012, Boyd was selected to Jurgen Klinsmann’s 30-man preliminary World Cup squad in May but ended up as one of seven names not to make the final cut.
One of a handful of German-born players convinced by Klinsmann to switch to the stars and stripes, the 23-year-old is nevertheless touted as an important part of the team’s future and certain to be involved in the 2018 cycle, as a potential option to challenge Jozy Altidore for a place up top.
Coming off a career-best season, having scored 20 times in 38 games across all competitions in 2013-14, Boyd’s prowess in front of goal has recently attracted the interest of Wigan Athletic, among other European sides, and a reported £3 million price tag seems like a bargain deal for the promising hitman.
Entering the final year of his contract, Rapid may just find their best option is to cash in now on the former Borussia Dortmund prospect, with Wigan manager Uwe Rosler keen on additional firepower to spearhead the club’s promotion push.