After scoring a highlight-reel goal in a friendly this week, Terrence Boyd will be looking to do something he has yet to do in his budding career — make a top-flight, first-team appearance in a game that counts.
Despite already having four caps with the U.S. national team and following a season with Borussia Dortmund's reserves in which he scored 20 goals, the 21-year-old Boyd eyes his pro debut with Rapid Vienna this weekend as the Austrian Bundesliga season gets underway.
Elsewhere around Europe, Sacha Kljestan and defending Belgian league champions Anderlecht return to the field playing Belgian Cup winners Lokeren in the Belgian Super Cup on Sunday, and Charlie Davies eyes his first appearance for Randers in the club's match against Odense BK after being an unused substitute in his first match in uniform for his new club.
The Mexican top flight returns to action as well, with reigning Clausura champion Santos Laguna and Herculez Gomez meeting Michael Orozco Fiscal's San Luis in their Apertura opener. Another matchup featuring multiple Americans takes place Friday night, with the Tijuana trio of Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Greg Garza going up against DaMarcus Beasley's Puebla.
Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:
Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Tijuana play DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla.
Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Jaguares.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna play Wacker Innsbruck.
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland play Midtjylland.
Samuel Petrone and Mjallby AIF play GIF Sundsvall.
Josh Gatt and Molde play Viking.
Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna play Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht play Lokeren in the Belgian Super Cup.
Eugene Starikov and Zenit St. Petersburg play FK Amkar Perm'.
Charlie Davies and Randers play Odense BK.
Conor O'Brien and Sonderjyske play FC Copenhagen.
Clarence Goodson and Brondby play Aalborg.
Steve Clark and Honefoss play Frederikstad.
Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabaek play Valerenga.
Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca play Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante.
Brian Span and Djurgarden play Norrkoping.
Anxious to see Boyd make his pro debut? Excited that the Mexican league is back? Which games featuring Americans are you looking forward to the most this weekend?
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