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Americans Abroad

Boyd moves from Dortmund to Rapid Vienna on three-year-deal.

By Robert Wagman
(in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Friday, June 15, 2012) -- Young United States striker Terrence Boyd appears to have a new home in the offing.

German media reports say that pending a physical and the opening of the transfer window, Boyd will be moving from German Bundesliga power Borussia Dortmund to Rapid Vienna of the Austrian Football Bundesliga.

Boyd had a terrific season for the Dortmund reserve team, where he scored 20 goals, but the club's first team was unusually deep at striker. At best, Boyd, 21, was only fourth on the depth chart which translated into no minutes played this past season. He could have stayed with the Dortmund and slowly worked his way into the first team, but U.S. men's coach Jürgen Klinsmann has made it clear he thinks Boyd needs playing time at a high level.

Boyd will sign a three-year contract with Vienna and will immediately contend for a starting role. He told Fox Soccer he thinks this is the right move for him.

"It wouldn't make sense for me to stay at Borussia Dortmund if I'm not going to get to play," Boyd told Fox Soccer Channel. "If a club isn't going to play m3, and I'm striker No. 3 or 4, then I would just see few minutes. A young player needs to play. Dortmund is a world-class team and the football they are playing is really huge. It's sad to leave Dortmund, but its soccer. Life goes on. You have to test yourself to make yourself better and I think this is the right step. . . "Being with the national team and I'm the only guy who's not officially a pro yet, is a bit weird. I have to start being a pro with the first team in a good league. Jurgen and (U.S. assistant Andy) Herzog told me that this should be the right move and a good decision."


Rangers face liquidation

As each day passes, it become more unclear exactly where American defender Carlos Bocanegra, and midfielders Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya will play next season.

Their club Glasgow Rangers is in the soccer equivalent of bankruptcy. A group of former Rangers, together with Scottish investors, made an offer for the club which was rejected as inadequate. American businessman Bill Miller was set to purchase the club, but his offer was predicated upon Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs agency's willingness to accept an offer of 50 cents on the dollar paid over time to settle Rangers huge tax debt. That offer was declined by the tax authorities.

So now, the only option seems to be to liquidate the team, certainly a first, not just in Scotland, but in Europe when talking about so large and historic a club. This asks a huge number of questions, not the least of which is who would own the players' contracts?

One theory is the contracts would become null and void and the players could move on as free transfers. Another theory is the contracts would become the property of the Scottish Football Association, which essentially could assign the players to whatever team it wanted to in the Scottish Football League.

The players seem ready to sue to try to get the matter resolved. In the meantime, the SFA has asked world governing body FIFA for clarification


Guzan status up in air

U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan might yet become the starting keeper for Aston Villa of the English Premier League next season after all.

Guzan has been sitting on the bench backing up Irish international Shay Given for the past two seasons. When Given was injured, Guzan started and did well. Villa is happy to have him back for another three years at a reported salary of $1.7 million per year.

Guzan wants to play and his agent is shopping him to other English and non-English teams. Now, word comes that Queens Park Rangers of the Premier League are ready to offer Villa a $4.7 million transfer fee for Given once the window opens.

So Guzan must wait and see if Villa would be willing to take the money and turn the job over to him.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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