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Terrence Boyd

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US MNT Players Remember Their Favorite Gifts

Players from the U.S. Men's National Team remember the best gifts they've ever given and received during the holiday period. Happy Holidays!

U.S. Men’s National Team Q & A: Thanksgiving Special Edition

DaMarcus Beasley : “It’s a Beasley Affair! There’s a lot of food, a lot of drinks, a lot of card playing, a lot of games. We do a lot of different things. One of the favorite games we play is Spades. We do the kids against the grown-ups. I’m a kid now, so that’s always fun to see who wins and who has bragging rights for the night.

“Usually the whole family gets together. We have aunts and uncles around. Everybody brings their own dish. My mom, everyone knows, is famous for macaroni and cheese. Our favorite part of the meal is macaroni and cheese. My mom would kill me if I didn’t say that any way! It’s definitely my favorite part. She doesn’t cook it very often now, but when she has a chance to, it truly is the best.

“We eat, we sleep, usually at my aunt or uncle’s house and then we wake up and eat again. We get there around 2 p.m., food is served around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. We don’t leave the house until around midnight. It’s a great day watching football, playing cards and eating. It’s really a time to be with family and I enjoy that.”

Alejandro Bedoya : “Being a Latino family, a bunch of Colombians running around cooking and playing some good music and the smell of all these different types of spices and all this good food are my memories of the holidays. My mom’s stuffing and her cinnamon sweet potato is amazing. I can just imagine what it would be like to smell that right now and just eating everything!

“I remember last year during my time at Rangers I was able to have Thanksgiving with Carlos Bocanegra and Mo Edu. That was the best Thanksgiving outside of the [United] States I’ve ever had. Other than that, it’s just me trying to cook myself a meal and it’s not the best.”

Terrence Boyd : “I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving that much since I grew up in Germany, but last Thanksgiving me and my friends tried to cook something. The problem was we couldn’t cook, so the turkey was so bad we ended up eating at a restaurant. It wasn’t good, but at least we tried it.”

Michael Bradley : “Like everybody, you use the holidays for family time, to spend time with one another. Especially for us, given everybody’s busy schedules, different parts of our family are in different parts across the world, any chance that we get to spend time with each other is really special.

“Growing up for us, Thanksgiving dinner was always earlier in the day around lunch time. Then you got out to play and get around, then come back later in the evening for turkey sandwiches. That’s a little something we used to do.”

Geoff Cameron : “It’s always different because usually I’m away playing football or I was in Houston or college. It’s tough to get home for the holidays, but it’s been great the last couple years. My parents have come out along with my girlfriend’s parents and we’ve had a little English Thanksgiving holiday.

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal has to be my dad’s homemade rice pilaf and twice backed stuffed potatoes.”

Brad Evans : “Mostly our family tradition is spending good quality time, good meals, a little bit of drink, presents, just good quality time together. My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is definitely turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s the kind of guy I am.”

Chris Wondolowski : “It’s always fun. There’s a lot of family throughout. I have two sets of parents, so I always go there. Then I have in-laws now too, so I always do a big Thanksgiving dinner over there. That’s usually our go to.

“Favorite part of the meal? I’m going to go with my mother-in-law’s stuffed mushrooms. They’re amazing! Mushrooms with bread crumbs and all other sorts of goodness."

MNT Thanksgiving Traditions

Players from the Men's National team, including Michael Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Geoff Cameron, Terrence Boyd, Alejandro Bedoya and DaMarcus Beasley share their Thanksgiving traditions and stories of what it's like celebrating the holiday at home and abroad.

MNT vs Austria Reaction Nov 19 2013

Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, and Jozy Altidore wrap up the loss to Austria and reflect on a successful 2013 campaign.

Strong and mobile, Terrence Boyd has shown a nose for the goal in his burgeoning career as a striker. The young striker adds a relentless work-rate that contributes on both sides of the ball. He had a breakout year for both club and country, getting his first caps with the senior National Team while lighting up leagues in Germany and Austria. After a great season with Borussia Dortmund's reserve team, he made the jump to Rapid Vienna where he continued a torrid scoring pace. A member of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, Boyd scored twice during the USA's unsuccessful bid to qualify for the Olympic Games.

  • Made seven appearances in his first year with the Senior National Team
  • Etched his name in U.S. Soccer lore by providing the assist that led to the winning goal against Mexico, the USA's first ever against El Tri at Estadio Azteca
  • Led the Dortmund II team with 20 goals in 2012
  • Holds dual citizneship in Germany and the United States
2012: His back-heel flik to Michael Orozco led to the game-winning goal against Mexico on Aug. 15, the USA's first win against the regional rivals on their soil in 25 attempts ... Got his first cap in style, showing fearlessness in the final 11 minutes of the team's 1-0 victory against Italy of Feb. 29 ... His effort caused the knockdown that led to Mix Diskerud scoring the game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar ... Earned two caps in World Cup qualifying, coming off the bench June 8 against Antigua and in Jamacia on Sept. 7 ... Played the second half of the USA's 1-0 win against Mexico on Aug. 15 in Mexico City ... made his first start in the 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 ... Under-23s: Made two appearances in group play in 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying ... Scoring a pair of goals against El Salvador in the 3-3 draw on May 26 in the final group game ... Under-20s: Made two appearances with the U.S. U-20 team in 2011 ... Started in both games and assisted a Conor Doyle goal during the USA's 33 draw against France on May 17 at the Stade Moulins in Carquefou, France ... First Appearance: Feb. 29, 2012, vs. Italy ... First Goal: None.
2012: Moved to Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga and made an immediate impact, scoring just four minutes into his debut game, then added another in the 4-0 win on July 22 against Wacker Innsbruck ... Tallied 13 goals in all competitions in teh first half of the campaign, including nine league goals ... Scred the insurance goal against Vojvodina on Aug. 9 that sealed Vienna's advancement to the group stage of the Europa League ... had another two-goal performance Sept. 7 in the 3-0 win against Mattersburg ... Notched a goal in the 3-2 loss at Rosenborg on Nov. 22 in teh Europa League ... 2011-12: Scored 20 goals for Dortmund II, the highest in the squad by far ... Called to the first team for the match against Cologne on October, but didn't see action ... 2010-11: Scored 13 goals for the Hertha Berlin reserves.
Born to an American serviceman and a German mother .. Breifly lived in Queens, N.Y., as a child ... Credits his success as a pro to his stepfather ... With a hugely outgoing personality, heis active on social media.