March 25, 2017

American International Terrence Boyd Signs with SV Darmstadt 98

American international striker Terrence Boyd, 25, has signed a new contract with Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt 98 though the end of next season.  Boyd, born in Bremen of an American father and German mother, has been with RB Leipzig since 2014.

Boyd’s career has been sidelined the last few seasons from the effects of two anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and he has not played a league match for Leipzig since the 2014/2015.  He has finally found his way back to the pitch this season, but has not made an appearance with RB Leipzig’s senior side, instead playing in nine matches for the reserves, scoring five times.  Likewise, the striker has only made two appearances for the USMNT since 2014/2015, his last being a brief cameo last October.  Boyd has 14 caps for the American senior squad.

The international grew up in Germany, and was influenced by his stepfather, who insisted on a disciplined approach to the beautiful game.  In 2009, he joined Hertha Berlin’s youth system, and found his way to the reserve team where he scored 15 goals in 44 matches.  That prompted his transfer to Borussia Dortmund, where the striker played for their reserves in 2011/2012, scoring a whopping 20 goals in 32 matches.

His success with the BvB reserves prompted a transfer to Rapid Wien, where Boyd found more success.  Over two seasons he played in 80 matches in all competitions for the Austrian side, scoring 37 goals, eight of which were notched in European matches.  That led to a contract with up and coming RB Leipzig, then in Bundesliga 2, during the summer of 2014 and again did well before suffering injury in December.  Since then, Boyd has had the arduous task of rehabbing and trying to keep up hope of resuming his career, while RB Leipzig earned promotion to the Bundesliga with a group of players even younger than him, making the possibility of earning playing time almost impossible.

But Boyd’s desire to finally play in a first division Bundesliga match should come to fruition with Darmstadt.  The club is currently last in the league and have only scored 11 games, but they have been competitive defensively.  New Darmstadt coach Torsten Frings, the longtime Werder man and German international, commented

We are happy that Terrence Boyd decided to join us and that he wants to continue on his way here

With Darmstadt’s lack of attacking success (they were shut out by Gladbach on MatchDay 17). Boyd has a breakthrough opportunity.  At 6’2″ the striker has a chance to fill the role that Sandro Wagner performed in so well last season before he departed for Hoffenheim during the summer.  Darmstadt are led in scoring by Antonio-Mirko Colak with only three goals.  Boyd is looking forward to getting his career going again with SV98

I am delighted that the transfer to Darmstadt 98 worked out. And I want to immediately tackle it to make the impossible possible

Boyd joins another veteran attacker, Sidney Sam, in signing with the Lillies in the last week.  Like Boyd, Sam’s career has stalled, and if one or both can regain form, Darmstadt may be able to stave off relegation, as they are currently only four points out of the 16th place relegation playoff spot

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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