Boyd, Diskerud meet as Europa League action opens


U.S. Soccer supporters should take special note of one match today among 24 in Europa League play.

Norwegian side Rosenborg has traveled south to Austria for a meeting with Rapid Vienna.

Rosenborg is currently home to young U.S. international Mix Diskerud, a central midfielder for the current third-place holders in Norway’s top league (the Tippeligaen). Diskerud also had a lot to say about matters as Rosenborg battled through four qualifying rounds to reach the Europa League group stage, which begins today.

Opposing Diskerud’s side will be another young U.S. international, a real rising star in striker Terrence Boyd. Unlike Diskerud, who hasn’t been seen much in the U.S. national team shirt, Boyd is getting regular minutes for Jurgen Klinsmann’s team.

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Boyd’s first months at the Austrian side have gone wonderfully, with the 21-year-old sharpshooter scoring regularly around the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium.

Unfortunately, Boyd could score a bushel today and few would be around to see it. The group play opener will play out in front of an empty stadium, which is Rapid’s punishment for crowd trouble in a recent qualifying contest.

No worries for Boyd and Diskerud, however, U.S. under-23 teammates who have been volleying back and forth on the Twitter court, each as enthusiastic as the other about the match and the opportunity for continental tournament play: