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Terrence Boyd scored his first-ever Bundesliga goal today

An early birthday present for the man who chose Darmstadt over RBNY.

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Terrence Boyd has never been - and quite possibly never will be - a member of the New York Red Bulls, but he thought about joining the club as he explored his options once it was clear an injury-ravaged stint at RB Leipzig was at an end.

Ultimately, Boyd opted to join Darmstadt, giving himself another shot at playing in Germany's top flight. Boyd's new club is bottom of the Bundesliga, so he might not have a long experience of top-tier soccer. But he was signed to help Darmstadt turn its season around. Boyd's long-term injury issues make him a risky proposition for any team, but he looked to be developing into a high-volume goal-scorer when RB Leipzig signed him from Rapid Wien in 2014.

Boyd will turn 26 this week: he still has time to revive his reputation at both club and international level (where he was once part of the US Men's National Team player pool and can be again). Goals in the Bundesliga are the quickest way to accomplish that revival.

So congratulations to Terrence Boyd - once a Red Bull, never (yet) a Metro - on the occasion of his first-ever goal for Darmstadt and his first-ever goal in German top-flight soccer.

Darmsdtad went on to win the game, 2-1, to claim three essential points toward its mission of climbing out of the Bundesliga's relegation zone.