Monday, June 11, 2012

This just in... (updated)

I can confirm last night's Sport 10 report that Borussia Dortmund II ace Terrence Boyd will complete a move to Rapid Vienna after the USMNT tilt in Guatemala. I won't say more for now, but we can definitely stick this in the "on like a jambon" file for a few days.

UPDATE: Apparently sensing it was the worst-kept secret ever, Dortmund has announced the transfer. I may as well now tell you that the deals have all been signed but not finalized, which should happen Friday before you wake up in the States.

- Greg Seltzer


Lampard in the End Zone said...

Other than knocking Villa out of the Europa League in consecutive seasons, my knowledge of Rapid Vienna is not keen. What are the prospects of Boyd holding down a consistent starting position?

Wideboy said...

Greg, is this a respected club/league? Is this better than going to an MLS club or is the league on par with MLS (just comparing the two to give us a better understanding of the move)?

Unknown said...

They're playing Europa League ball next year for what it's worth.

Tom said...

Wideboy, Austria has a UEFA league coefficient of ~15. Worse than Greece, Belgium, Denmark, and Switzerland, but better than Scotland, Israel, Cyprus and Czech Republic.

A couple years ago the ABL had an average attendance of about 8k per match. The average in MLS the same year was about 16k.

Still, Rapid seems to be one of the two really successful teams in ABL.

UnitedDemon said...

He's unlikely to get lost on the bench, and scouts at least are aware of Rapid Vienna. Jelavic used it effectively as a stepping stone, Boyd seems to be looking at the long game.

Greg Seltzer said...

Sorry it took me a bit, been lost in some Euros research and interviews for tomorrow's Postcard From Europe.

To answer all questions, basically, Boyd is joining about five other somewhat unproven young strikes, all of whom who are a year or two older and ahead of him in club progression, while also obviously lagging from an international standpoint.

Given that Rapid tend to swap between 4-5-1 and 4-4-2, and that Boyd's start of preseason training will be a little late from his mandated vacation, I'd be surprised if he got many starts early in the season. If he applies himself well and the ostinato cello is ringing in your ears when he gets shots off the bench, there's no reason to think he can't have a solid first year there.

The Austrian league is probably a bit behind MLS in talent and a little bit ahead of it tactically.