Must-See Goal: Terrence Boyd

Yes, it's only preseason, but U.S. national team forward Terrence Boyd's bicycle kick goal off a rebound in Rapid Vienna's friendly against Michael Bradley's AS Roma Tuesday afternoon was a thing of beauty. Not a bad way to make a good impression while hoping to earn a regular place in his new team's starting lineup. Bradley's Roma won 2-1, with Bradley playing the first half, and Boyd being subbed out after 58 minutes. Enjoy the strike:

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71 Responses to Must-See Goal: Terrence Boyd

  1. EllisCarver says:

    OK Jurgen, cap him no…….OH WAIT SRRY NVRMIND.

  2. Dos says:

    GREAT effort/skill . . . good instinct to be in the spot as well. MB was standing right there!

    So pumped about the MB move

  3. joel says:


  4. CR says:

    How cool is it as a young player to score that goal with Totti on the other team, watching?

  5. BSU SC says:

    LOL. Anyone notice him bump into Michael Bradley as he’s running to go celebrate? Bradley is wearing the #4 jersey.

  6. RLW2020 says:

    haha, i wonder what goes thru his mind at that moment.

  7. Broseph says:

    The Body!

  8. Kevin_Amold says:

    “Hey Mikey, check this out!”

  9. Bird says:

    I was watching this match – the sequence before this shot was the following – rapid player crosses the ball from the wing and Boyd bicycles the cross off the bar, the rebound comes out to his teammate (where this replay starts) and he shoots which the gk saves and Boyd bicycles again for the goal….amazing athleticism to get up for bicycles like that so quickly and both on target! Hopefully someone can find the full sequence to post online.

  10. Scott e Dio93 says:

    Hopefully, I get to see him score like that, with USNT.

  11. Ben says:

    Not only that, bu he crashed an even more difficult bicycle off the bar a minute before this.

  12. Nick says:

    He had a more athletic attempt just a few minutes earlier that hit the woodwork.

  13. Spank says:

    What a way to spoil MBs first game with Roma. This kid might be the Real Deal Holyfield!!! Sick goal!

  14. Old School says:


    (I mean)


  15. Michael F. says:

    Bradley played OK. They took him out for the 2nd half. I saw to weak giveaways.

  16. Chief Hung Like A Bear says:

    So how long before Boyd to Roma talk starts?

    Between making an impression with his bikes and the American owners….

  17. Duneman says:

    Can I just say how nice it is hear about a game in Europe and you have a big Italian team like Roma…and another big club in Austria…and they both have a Yank from the USMNT.

    I dont need there to be any highlight or bicycle…just “One of the best clubs in Italy and one of the best clubs in Austria play each other for a pre-season match….two members of the USMNT played in attacking positions, one on each team.”

    …color me happy…

  18. The Imperative Voice says:

    Like I said on the other thread, this is why Boyd is a better prospect long term than Altidore, more of a precision instrument. Really, we can use them both…

  19. dcm says:

    radical. isn’t that bradley that gives him a little nudge afterwards, too?

  20. Jamie says:

    If you are Bradley, are you stoked your national team teammate scores this goal?

  21. Andrew says:

    MB’s body language says that he was not stoked.

  22. 2tone says:

    Sick goal. Bright future!

    Good to see two Americans starting for their new respective clubs!

    I predict that Boyd will be one of the most sought after strikers after the 2014 WC.

  23. jones says:

    lol, I remember that – this should be his nickname from now on. Or maybe just Body

  24. jones says:


  25. Sarasota says:

    Not bad!!!!! “Beastie Boyd”

    Cap Corona next!

  26. White Kix says:

    Now if only he can complete a pass a score a goal while on his feet.

  27. Bob says:

    Wow! If he keeps scoring these types of goals, Jozy will soon find himself 3rd on the USMNT depth chart (if he isn’t already there).

    Also, it was great to see MB tracking back … always hustling!

  28. TheFrenchOne says:

    sure you do

  29. Ryan Nanez says:

    heres a little clip of the bike he had before that bust hit the bar. link to

  30. TomG says:

    Disagree – Boyd is not precision. He’s a charging bull. He has some excellent skills and creativity as he shows here but he’s also woefully deficient in some areas, notably his touch which is pretty much nonexistent. The good news, as Jozy and Deuce have shown, is that touch can be improved. It doesn’t have to be learned at 12 years old or anything. Jozy has a much more complete package of skills right now. TB is not ready yet but the future is bright if he keeps working.

  31. b says:

    Are you not aware of how ultracompetitive MB90 is?

  32. 2tone says:

    Yep. I sure do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Angel of LA says:

    I think Bradley kind of throw a cheap shot in a good faith at Boyd when he pass by Bradley that what I think. :-) lol, but is nice to see our guys going at each other on a game either is a friendly or competition.

  34. Angel of LA says:

    Hey he is big, so he has the Body of True Striker, I for that Nickname “THE BODY”

  35. Judging Amy says:

    True. But its never a given that players will develop their potential all the way.

  36. Judging Amy says:

    that’s sick.

  37. biff says:

    oh my gaaawd. aaawsome. bicycle, indeed more impressive then the next one that scored. the kid is fired up already for a pre-season friendly and is moving around the field like he owns the place and that nobody better get in his way. don’t wanna jinx him, but, ladies and gentleman, i think we have just seen the future of rock’n’roll–oops, i mean the future star striker of the USMNT in WC2014…

  38. malkin says:

    gif above was blocked at my work, but here’s a youtube clip with both shots back to back: link to

  39. louis z says:

    kid is starting out in the right foot. I hope he can keep it up. Boyd just plays with such a pasion, I wish him well this upcoming season.

  40. The Imperative Voice says:

    Fair point except Altidore remains a similar work in progress (or are we just forgetting who actually ran out at forward for the qualifiers?) and Boyd is already appearing with senior club and country teams and scoring goals like this. He also had goals in the U23 tournament which suggest (a) he can turn at least some potential to production and (b) that among those with potential he has particular promise to fulfill it.

    Simply put, I already see signs of finishing touch Altidore lacks. Jozy is a strong player capable of, say, taking advantage of the bend but don’t break approach of the Italians, whom he has done well against. Or the weaker teams in CONCACAF. But if you look at his major CONCACAF and World Cup record, it’s modest. People see promise in the AZ form but then he shows up unprepared and unfit for the qualifiers. I’m not sold he’s going to score in real, tight international games against teams better than T&T, or that he’s a 90 minute guy in any circumstance.

  41. The Imperative Voice says:

    Jozy has not shown hint of class touch against any team other than Italy or T&T. As we all know Italy is notoriously low pressure defense, and T&T is a marginal CONCACAF side. Most games I see him in he still fumbles around, because they play high pressure, they try to deny him the ball, they don’t let him have time to settle. Not sold.

  42. away goals says:

    Doing the lord’s work, malkin. Obliged.

  43. Jason says:

    earlier bicycle included here:

  44. THomas says:

    Bradley’s gotta close that down…jk, nice goal obviously.

  45. THomas says:

    No…I can promise you Bradley is not stoked. He’ll be hearing about that forever and I’d be surprised if he didn’t slash Boyd’s tires in the parking lot.

  46. THomas says:

    Great find Evgeni.

  47. Lorenzo says:

    Ching and Twellman hit some sick bikes. I expect them to be do better then Altidore too.

  48. Lorenzo says:

    Ching and Twellman hit some sick bikes. I expect them to be do better then Altidore too.

  49. Lorenzo says:

    Boyd is almost as old as Altidore. We do get that right? Altidore scored against Mexico at 18, Spain as a 19 year old, worked England in the World Cup at 20.

    Boyd is 21, has 4 caps 0 goals. Altidore is 22, 49 caps 13 goals. Scored in WCQ, Gold Cup, Confed Cup, and hand in game tying slovenia goal and Algeria winning goal. So please, let’s just wait before we put Boyd above Altidore.

  50. dbex says:

    Umm….or Spain (shrugged off Capdevila to score on Casillas in a tournament semi). Or England (outmuscled Carragher for about 40 yards to fire off a good shot that Green barely saved onto the bar).

    Be fair now.

  51. dbex says:

    Whoa, that first one was pretty remarkable. And look how quickly he’s on his feet after firing it off.

  52. Jamie says:

    It’s a friendly in pre-season. Maybe stoked was a bad choice of word. I didn’t necessarily mean during the game either, he could have said something about it after the game.

  53. GW says:

    I think you are seeing what you want to see from Jozy and the same thing with Boyd.

    And other people see it differently.

    In Boyd’s appearances for the Senior USMNT he has done a pretty good impersonation of a bull in a china shop. A lot of fans love this because they think that a striker, especially big guys like Boyd, throwing themselves around is being productive.

    And of course there is a perception that Jozy is lazy so running around like a chicken with your head cut off seems preferable to standing around.

    To me Boyd is promising but could be a lot more efficient with his movement. He still needs a lot of polishing.

    It’s not really fair to compare him to Jozy.

    With the Under 23’s Boyd displayed a lot of that skill you talked about but that was the Under 23’s and performances there do not always translate directly to the Senior National team, as we have seen countless times.

    Besides you speak as if USMNT’s failure to score against the tougher teams is down to Jozy not being capable.

    For me it is a team game.

    The next time I see the USMNT create a bunch of good scoring opportunities against Spain, Brazil, Italy or Germany that Jozy screws up due to his lack of skill or because he is lazy then I will think about blaming him for the failure of the US attack.

  54. Joe+G says:

    And the URL in the link is just perfect for your efforts. :)

  55. GW says:

    Had this been, say a Europa league game, I would have expected MB90 to lay out Boyd for that goal.

  56. B 16 says:

    World class strike-glad to see another Nat striker making the most of his opportunity-Dortmund sellers remorse? Now or in the future?

  57. GW says:

    This was a preseason friendly between two clubs with a lot of new players and, in Roma’s case at least, a new manager.

    If Tebow threw two TD’s in the 4th quarter of the first pre season game would you then predict the Jets were favorites to win the Super Bowl based on that?

    Boyd did well but your reaction is just a little bit over the top.

  58. SD says:

    nice strike…but the celebration is a bit much for a preseason friendly…

  59. SD says:

    nice strike…but the celebration is a bit much for a preseason friendly…

  60. GW says:

    The keeper should have put that shot either over the bar or out towards the wing.

    Boyd had a man on him who should have gotten tight on him right away.

    After that then you can talk about what Bradley should have done.

  61. TomG says:

    Jozy’s touch has improved drastically in the last year. Watch some of his AZ games from last year. Even if you watch just his goals, you will see evidence of this. Some of his touches are absolutely sick. He has gotten really, really good at deadening the ball on his first touch. You will see. Just watch every touch he takes in his next game and you will be impressed.

  62. Weaksauce says:

    I guess NOBODY watched this on Youtube

    Terrence Boyd did the exact attempt earlier and it hit off the POST

    Second time was a charm

  63. jcd says:

    That was a swirling knuckle ball that was very tricky and low enough that putting it over the bar would have been quite tough. Put it to the wing? Possibly, but dude did a nice enough job to hit it the way he did.

  64. GW says:

    You miss the point.

    Thomas was whining about why Bradley did not close down that play, when Boyd was not his man, Boyd already had a defender goalside of him and the keeper made a bad parry of that shot.

    If you can’t catch the ball, you knock it out of bounds or as far away as possible.

    You don’t do what the keeper did which was basically provide Boyd with a pass off of a corner kick.

    Bradley could do nothing about that goal.

  65. usa says:

    Since when has boyd been more powerful than Jozy? Jozy has an absolute rip of a shot. Look up some highlights from AZ and the USA. Its ridiculous to anoint boyd as our future striker when he still has not played in a single senior team game for his club.
    link to
    I personally think we were lacking Jozy’s ability to create goals from nothing in qualifying.

  66. Lorenzo says:

    I was being sarcastic. Read what I wrote above.

  67. THomas says:

    jk means just kidding

  68. USMNTHyperbole says:

    Boyd is the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba combined. I’m pretty sure he is going to score more goala than Messi this season.

  69. BigDave says:

    Boyd is the real deal! Don’t hate Boyd because of his strength and size. The boy got mad skill. Big men in the game like Yaya Toure, Drogba, and Ibrahimovic don’t get the props they deserve because it’s a dominated by little fellas.

  70. gfdg says:

    Boyd can finish very well…..but his touch isn’t too great. If he can improve that he will be getting somewhere