CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Terrence Boyd scored a stunner for Rapid Vienna as they faced off against Michael Bradley and AS Roma in a pre-season friendly yesterday.
Michael Bradley's debut for the Giallorossi came in Austria as a tune up before heading to the United States to continue their pre-season, but it ended up being Terrence Boyd who was the star of the show. Roma took the lead in the 14th minute after a terrible mental lapse from Harald Pichler resulted in giving away possession only 12 yards from goal to Miralem Pjanic, who immediately placed a near-penalty kick to the far post.
Boyd stole the spotlight 13 minutes later with a bicycle kick that rattled the bottom of the cross bar, missing deflecting into the goal by the slightest of margins. While the crowd brimmed with excitement and disappointment, the ball swung back around the field to Christopher Trimmel who hammered a shot on goal from the 22 yards out. Bogdan Lobont got cleanly behind the ball, but the save rebounded up and out to the center of the box where Boyd was waiting. Retreating half a step and turning to set himself up, Boyd executed another bicycle kick, this one going cleanly to the far post and in, only 10 seconds after his first attempt.
Bradley came off at half time, ending his first game with Roma, and the Italian side would eventually take the lead back in the 52nd minute as David Pizarro put home an easy shot from seven yards out. The score stood, and while Bradley left with the victory, Boyd took home the highlight of the night.
AS Roma will next be traveling to Chicago on July 22, where they will kick off their American tour against Polish side Zaglebie Lubin. That game will be followed by Liverpool in Boston on July 25, and the El Salvador National Team in New York on July 27.
Rapid Vienna begins their season on July 21 against Wacker Innsbruck, where Boyd will look to capitalize on his pre-season performances and earn his professional debut.