Boyd scores three more, leads Rapid Wien to pair of victories.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, September 5, 2012) -- Two Americans preparing to join the United States men's for a pair of upcoming World Cup qualifiers are coming off strong weekend.
Striker Terrence Boyd, is off to a sizzling start at his new Austrian team, Rapid Wien.
Last Thursday, Boyd scored just after the start of the second half to help Rapid to a 3-0 victory over PAOK Thessaloniki FC of Greece in Europa League qualifying.
On Sunday, Boyd scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 league triumph over SV Mattersburg 3-0.
On the first goal, he outpaced and out-slid a defender to redirect a short cross into the net. On the second tally, he moved to lose his mark and was open to easily head home the third goal of the afternoon.
Boyd now has four goals in league play and six from all competitions in his just his first six weeks in Austria.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones is known as a hard man in midfield, one who piles up yellow cards, but last weekend he scored his first goal of the season for FC Schalke 04 in a 3-1 defeat of FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga.
Jones made a long run from deep on the right flank, cut across the goal and fired a low shot inside the far post.
Two other Americans who were preparing for the two U.S. qualifiers received bad news. Midfielder Michael Bradley strained his right thigh and will now miss two or three weeks for AS Roma in Italy.
"Bradley has suffered a first-to-second-degree muscle strain in his right thigh," Roma press officer Catia Augelli told MLSsoccer.com. "He has already begun treatment, and will be monitored and reassessed over the next few days. I think he will be missed for about two or three weeks."
In Bradley's absence, Roma' downed Inter Milan 3-1.
Meanwhile, Josh Gatt will miss several weeks with Molde FK of Norway with a strained hamstring after receiving his first call-up to the U.S. side. "We had hoped to add a new element to our team with him," U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann said. "We have to wait until next time, I guess."
Gatt, a winger, has been an important component of Molde advancing to the group stage of the Europa League. In Sunday's Eliteserien match, Gatt assisted in the only goal in a 4-1 loss to Brann before injuring hamstring in the 66th minute.
England's Premier League, U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan made three saves and was issued a yellow card for Aston Villa Sunday in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj played 90 minutes and also received a yellow card for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard had three saves and played well in vain for Everton in a 2-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion 2-0.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron went the distance for Stoke City in its 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic.
Recently-acquired U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu is now in full training and dressed, but did not play for Stoke.
American keeper Brad Friedel had three saves for Tottenham Hotspur in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.
Newly-purchased U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey watched the Spurs match from the stands because his transfer clearance had not yet come from the Premier League offices.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector went 90 minutes for Birmingham City in a 1-0 win over Peterborough United.
American midfielder-defender Will Packwood dressed, but did not play for City.
U.S> defender Tim Ream played 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers in their 3-1 loss to Hull City.
Stuart Holden remains sidelined for Bolton after knee surgery.
Irish-American forward Conor Doyle played the final minute for Derby County in its 5-1 decision over Watford.
Two injured American did not play -- defender Zak Whitbread for Leicester City and striker Robbie Findley for Nottingham Forest.
In the third-tier League One, American forward Mike Grella went 90 minutes for Scunthorpe United, a 2-0 loser to Hartlepool
American midfielder Robbie Rogers played the first 59 minutes for Stevenage in a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town.
American defender Frank Simek is still working his way back to full fitness. He dressed, but did not play for Carlisle United in its 2-0 loss to MK Dons.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American Timmy Chandler went the distance in midfield for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes and German-American defender-midfielder Danny Williams played the second half for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 4-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance wearing the captain's armband for Hannover 96 in its 4-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in its 2-0 win over SC Freiburg.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the final 15 minutes for SV Sandhausen in its 2-1 loss to FC St Pauli.
American midfielder Joe Gyau did not dress for St. Pauli.
German American defender John Anthony Brooks played the final two minutes for Hertha Berlin in its 2-1 triumph over FC Union Berlin on Monday.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales was not available to Hertha because of injury.
In Spain's La Liga, two newly-arrived Americans still await their transfer clearances. Defender Oguchi Onyewu was unavailable to Malaga CF, a 1-0 winner over Real Zaragoza. In the Segunda Division, defender Carlos Bocanega remained on the sideline for Racing Santander in a 0-0 draw with Sporting Gijon.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore went the distance for AZ Alkmaar, which was drubbed 5-1 by PSV Eindhoven
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played the first half for Anderlecht in a 2-2 draw with Racing Genk.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went 90 minutes for Rosenborg BK, which defeated Stabæk IF 2-0 on Monday night. Left flank defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Stabæk.
American Steve Clark went 90 minutes in net for Hønefoss BK in a 2-0 loss to Aalesund.
American forward Chad Barrett played the first hour of Vålerenga 's 4-0 win over Sandnes Ulf.
In a meeting between American defenders in Denmark, Brøndby IF's Clarence Goodson faced off against FC Nordsjællands's Michael Parkhurst with both going the distance in a 0-0 draw.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien went the distance for SønderjyskE in a 4-0 loss to Aalborg BK.
American forward Charlie Davies played the final 20 minutes for Randers FC in its 1-0 setback to AC Horsens.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played the first 73 minutes and was issued a yellow card for Helsingborgs IF in its 2-1 defeat at the hands of AIK.
In Mexico, American defender Greg Garza went the first 67 minutes and midfielder Joe Corona 84 minutes for Club Tijuana in its 2-0 victory over Jagaues de Chiapas.
American defender Edgar Castillo did not dress for Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for Puebla in a 1-1 tie with Chivas de Guadalajara.
U.S. midfielder José Torres played the first 79 minutes for Pachuca in its 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul.
American striker Herculez Gomez dressed, but did not play for Santos Laguna in a 3-1 win over Tigres.
American defender Michael Orozco Fiscal also dressed, but did not play for San Luis, a 2-0 loser to Leon.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for UANL Tigres in a 3-1 loss to Santos Laguna on Saturday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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