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Rapid Vienna's goal machine Boyd buoyant after US call-up

Terrence Boyd is determined to leave no stone unturned in his quest to make the USA's World Cup squad.

The 23-year old German-born striker has been included in a preliminary 30-man squad for Brazil 2014 following a stellar season with Rapid Vienna which has yielded 20 goals in all competitions.

Boyd, who has played 13 times for the country of birth of his father, is only in a provisional roster but he is planning to turn that into selection for the final 23-man squad which will take on his mother's native Germany, Portugal and Ghana in the group stages.

"Right now, I am in good form scoring goals," he said.

"I think I have developed my skills over last year. I've gained more experience and I think I've finally found my game as a striker.

"[My family] is really excited. My stepdad told me an old German saying: 'You have no chance, use it.' I'm going there with minimum expectations. It's a dream come true."

Boyd, who joined Rapid from Borussia Dortmund in 2012, said: "If I could make the World Cup team, I would be the happiest guy in the world.

"Anything I could do to help the team would be my job. If I am on the bench, for a friendly, for a World Cup game, I would just try to work my a-- off and score goals.

"If it didn't work out this time, I would be sad, sure. But I would still be thankful for what Klinsmann did for me. He made an international team player when I was still in the reserves of [Borussia] Dortmund."

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