YNT Nov 11, 2011
Terrence Boyd Scored the Tying Goal for the U-23s This Morning
This morning the U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team headed 30 km due east from Duisburg to Bochum to face VfL Bochum in a scrimmage today. The Bochum team was a combination of first team players and youth players. It’s an international break in Germany so no sign of the People’s Rooney, but nonetheless it was a spirited match played in front of an appreciative crowd of about 200 people. The locals who swung by on a Friday morning were treated to a four-goal game, with the U.S. coming out on top 3-1.
After a tentative opening, the U.S. fell behind in the 20th minute. Bochum exploited some space on their left wing, where left back Matthias Ostrzolek lifted the ball to the far post for teammate Christoph Dabrowski to nod home relatively uncontested.
The U.S. responded well and evened the match through Terrence Boyd in the 42nd minute. Mixx Diskerud played a well-timed ball over the top for a streaking Sheanon Williams. The Philadelphia Union right back crossed for Boyd who knocked home a tap-in from close range to tie the game.
The USA, coached on the sideline by Claudio Reyna, grew in influence in the second half. Eventually they were rewarded for their pressure with breakthrough in the final ten minutes. Amobi Okugo, wearing the captain’s armband for the USA set up substitute Tony Taylor on the right side of the box. The forward did the rest, skipping inside his man before drilling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards out.
Two minutes later the USA added an insurance goal with Taylor again playing a part. The Atletico Clube de Portugal striker set up fellow substitute Dilly Duka at the top of the box. Duka made no mistake, powering home a shot from 16 yards to seal the 3-1 win.