JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Saturday's 5-1 win over Scotland was a brilliant way for 21-year-old forward Terrence Boyd to get his first start in a U.S. kit.
The Borrussia Dortmund product wasn't in among the goals, but his work rate up top and ability to occupy two defenders opened up plenty of space for others.
"I think Terrence, his work rate was outstanding and his hunger for finishing off chances is tremendous," USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "This is something we really love to see and that's why we keep working with him and giving him those opportunities."
Boyd's first start, his second cap overall, was not spectacular - Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan provided the moments of brilliance - but it showed the class that has had USA fans fawning over the youngster, and he was certainly pleased with his outing.
"I was just happy," Boyd said of getting the start. "I was happy I got the chance to play from the beginning. You’re always nervous for a big game, but it really turned out very well. We won 5-1 so there’s nothing more I can wish for."
Boyd added the caveat that he could have gotten on the scoresheet, but he was confident that the goals will come with time.
"I think I had a good performance," he said. "I could have been clever on some situations when I could have shot, but it comes with experience. You learn from it and next game you’re a little bit [more] clever."
Klinsmann, for his part, thinks that Boyd is one of the rising stars of the USA team, but the manager knows it takes time to bring players into the fold.
"I think Terrence is one of our promising talents that we’re tying to develop and he’s one of these guys who should be at London 2012, unfortunately," the USA boss said. "That makes it more difficult for the Brek Sheas, [Juan] Agudelos and Terrence Boyd and Joe Coronas of the world.
"So we have to bring them along and help them wherever we can, and give them their space to show what they can do."
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