With competition for U.S. World Cup roster spots at its fiercest as pre-tournament camp approaches, forward Terrence Boyd is doing what he can to remain on manager Jurgen Klinsmann's radar.
For the second straight game, Boyd scored two goals for Rapid Vienna, tallying both of his team's goals in a 2-1 win over first-place Red Bull Salzburg in Austria's Bundesliga. The second came in the 84th minute of a tie game.
The league race is over, with Salzburg 21 points clear of Boyd's Rapid, but the win almost certainly ensures that Rapid will partake in next season's UEFA Europa League. The club sits six points clear of fourth-place Grodig (second and third place go to Europa League) with two games to go, and Rapid has an edge of 22 in goal differential.
As for Boyd, after going six games without a goal, he has four in his last two games, giving him 18 in all competitions this season. He matched his league total of 13 from last season with his two Saturday, and he set a new personal best of goals in all competitions while playing in a top-tier league, eclipsing his total of 17 last season. He scored 20 goals for Borussia Dortmund's second team in 2011-12.