The United States men's national team is set to take on Jamaica on Friday in a World Cup qualifier, and when they get to Kingston's National Stadium, the Yanks will have a few in-form goal scorers in their ranks.
Heading the list might be Terrence Boyd, the 21-year-old striker who joined Austria's Rapid Vienna this summer. Boyd scored two more goals over the weekend as Rapid beat Mattersburg 3-0 in the Austrian Bundesliga.
That makes six goals already this season in all competitions for the 6'2" forward, who was a reserve-team player last season for German champions Borussia Dortmund. That strike rate could come in handy for Jurgen Klinsmann's team Friday in Kingston.
Here's what Klinsmann said about Boyd in a conference call earlier this month ahead of the friendly win over Mexico (per USSoccer.com):
You see the development of a player like Terrence Boyd coming from the fourth division last year and now shooting his team up into the third division, being on the bench with Borussia Dortmund—a Champions League team—and being transferred to Rapid Vienna and breaking through there now very positively. He made a very good impression in the June period.
Boyd isn't the only U.S. striker off to a hot start in Europe. Jozy Altidore scored four goals in his first two league matches of the season with AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Even low-scoring midfielder Jermaine Jones got into the act this weekend, scoring in Schalke's 3-1 victory over Augsburg in the German Bundesliga.
Kickoff for Friday's match is set for 8 p.m. ET in Kingston. American TV coverage will be on beIN Sport.
[Video h/t: USSoccer.com]