News: FIFA Approves Tyler Boyd's One Time Switch to The USA

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by Sebsasour, May 18, 2019.

  1. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey now, New Zealand was the only undefeated side at the 2010 World Cup!
     
  2. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    From what few highlights I've seen, he seems to have a good left foot, maybe even favors it (saw him score from a RW position by cutting in like an inverted winger and shooting with his left). That would give him an advantage over a lot of the competition.
     
  3. mattjo

    mattjo Member+

    Feb 3, 2001
    Washington DC
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From my time embedded with the Kiwis in Afghanistan, they did support their All-Whites, but rugby is at a whole different level. My time there also did force me to learn the rules of cricket, a decent enough sport if you like built in time for tea.
     
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  4. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
     
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  5. skim172

    skim172 Member+

    Feb 20, 2013
    Well, NZ's Black Caps are just a piddling 26% win percentage in test matches throughout their history, and have been wallopped for six by the Matildas throughout their history. And their sticky wickets in the Twenty20 are bowling for a wide long-on at the century mark in a roundarm over the slog spin for the tail-ender maiden over Yorker for the dibbly dobbly in the cow corner howzzat diamond duck Googly.

    I know nothing about cricket.
     
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  6. truefan420

    truefan420 Member+

    May 30, 2010
    oakland
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What language are you even speaking right now
     
  7. olephill2

    olephill2 Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Oregon
    Club:
    Watford FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Post of the year candidate.
     
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  8. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    May I have whatever you are smoking.
     
  9. bostonsoccermdl

    bostonsoccermdl Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Sig worthy, I might add.
     
  10. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
     
  11. skim172

    skim172 Member+

    Feb 20, 2013
    Those are all legitimate cricket terms, apparently.
     
  12. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Boyd spoke to ASN about his breakout season and the switch to the USA
     
  13. Mahtzo1

    Mahtzo1 Member+

    Jan 15, 2007
    So Cal
    Well, if nothing else, the article confirms who it was that made the first move to contact and ask Boyd to make the switch. I know there was a lot of speculation...
     
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  14. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    To add clarity, a few passages from the article:

    But shortly into his breakout season in Turkey, he received a call from new U.S. national team manager Gregg Berhalter where he discussed his eligibility and international interests. From there, Boyd made the decision to use his one-time switch with FIFA to make himself eligible to only play for the United States internationally.

    “It was the coach, Gregg Berhalter, who contacted me,” Boyd said. “We sort of started the process of seeing if I was eligible...It surprised me. It's been my dream for the last few years to represent the U.S. and I believed that with hard work and good performances that it could be a possibility. Now it is a possibility - if I'm chosen. So, I was playing pretty well in Turkey and I was scoring goals. I'm very happy that FIFA accepted it and now I'm looking forward to making that dream come true, if that's possible. I've made the one-time switch and now I'm an American soccer player.”

    Clearly, Berhalter and staff are doing their due diligence regarding scouting.
     
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  15. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Surely they are first looking at BigSoccer to see what our consensus is.
     
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  16. CMeszt

    CMeszt Member+

    Whelp....
    Jan 9, 2004
    3 blocks from "SoccerHouse", Chicago
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    T20 cricket is actually a lot of fun once you can figure out the basics of what's going on. Like baseball, but with more shit talking.
     
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  17. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    All Whites coach Fritz Schmid wishes Tyler Boyd well after his United States switch

    When you read this, it is pretty obvious why he switched. Even New Zealand's manager (who is frustrated with the team's inactivity) admits it was a no-brainer.

    Look at these snippets.

     
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  18. skim172

    skim172 Member+

    Feb 20, 2013
    It's a good explanation why he would choose to switch now, but it remains unclear why he spent 4 years in the wilderness. New Zealand, being part of OFC, has rotating on-off periods of activity - 2018, 2019 are mostly inactive, but in 2016 and 2017, NZ had 16 competitive matches, with the OFC Nations Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the World Cup Qualifiers.

    Yet the All-Whites never called up Boyd during that entire period. And from his end, Boyd never made efforts to switch his affiliation until just this year.

    My wild speculation remains that Boyd and Anthony Hudson had some beef between them. Boyd won't talk about it - but maybe we can ask Hudson, now that he's unemployed. He might need the money.
     
  19. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It would seem Oceania needs to merge with Asia like Australia did. That would make it easier to sell a North / South American merger. I think also with the Euro's trying to cut off access to their teams the other confederations will need to fight back and mergers making the Asian and American federations bigger and more powerful while they both all ready have a lot of money could press Europe a bit. Don't want to play friendlies with us anymore? How about we make ourselves better and start ignoring you and giving you lots of eyeballs and cash. Would take a while to change habits but there are starting to be some breakout teams that aren't from Europe.
     
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  20. CMeszt

    CMeszt Member+

    Whelp....
    Jan 9, 2004
    3 blocks from "SoccerHouse", Chicago
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Not sure the AFC would want OFC, and the ideal that adding New Zealand plus the islands would make the AFC more powerful seems dubious. Plus, politically, there was already a lot of gnashing of teeth from Middle Eastern federations when Australia was allowed to join.
     
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  21. skim172

    skim172 Member+

    Feb 20, 2013
    Yeah, it would never happen. From the AFC side, there's nothing that the OFC nations bring that they might want; they're not competitive, they don't bring in major revenue or include a large media market, they don't really have viable professional club leagues. And they'd have make efforts to accommodate the OFC nations, giving them a cut of the profits, help support their national federations, fly out their own teams all the way out to the South Pacific for qualifier matches.

    Theoretically, they might be interested in adding the OFC members to gain the additional votes in the FIFA Congress. But practically, there's no guarantee they could keep the OFC nations in line. The Middle Eastern and West Asian federations especially would feel uncomfortable about it, and suspect that the OFC countries would be more likely to side with the East and South Asian countries (they would still vote to kick out Australia if they could). If anything, it would be Australia, as the only AFC member with any significant relations with the OFC countries, who might reliably count on their support - so it would be like giving Australia more voting power. Which wouldn't make anyone else in the AFC happy.

    From the OFC side, it's also not a welcome prospect. Joining the AFC would mean facing a higher level of competition and having to meet a higher level of standards - like in stadium capacity. It would also mean promotion of any of their own interests would be completely squelched by the more numerous and wealthier Asian countries. And, it would mean practical elimination of any faint dreams of ever, ever making the World Cup.

    New Zealand is the odd one out here, as the lone competitive nation in the OFC since Australia left. Playing in a more competitive, wealthier confederation has benefits - and New Zealand does have the resources to keep up. But it also means being cast into a larger pond, and playing against bigger opponents. In OFC, they will always dominate. With the impending 48-team Cup in 2026 - and the full berth that will be given to the OFC winner - New Zealand probably likes the idea of getting a near-automatic bid to the World Cup every four years.


    I did read an interesting proposal by a pundit, suggesting that the AFC should split up into two different confederations, West and East, since they're practically like that anyway - and the East would take in the OFC. Probably not something that'll happen in the near future, though.
     
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  22. Eleven Bravo

    Eleven Bravo Member+

    Atlanta United
    United States
    Jul 3, 2004
    SC
    Club:
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    All the good teams are in the east... Japan, South Korea, and Australia. Plus, New Zealand would be like our Honduras, Panama, etc. Like Canada, it’s only a matter of time before China gets hot.

    Saudi Arabia and Iran are meh... if Turkey ever joined AFC then they would be the powerhouse. Everyone else is a joke. Maybe eventually India could be a competitor in years and years to come.
     
  23. #1 Feilhaber and Adu

    Aug 1, 2007

    Oh yes, lets call in a winger, that does not effect the playing time of Michael Bradley.
     
  24. FormerNo10

    FormerNo10 Member

    RP Leipzig
    United States
    Dec 13, 2018
    Costa Rica
    1. What ever happened to the narrative that, "...until someone comes along to challenge MB, he is still the is the best that we have"?

    2. Boyd is a welcome addition, if he makes 3G's roster, compared to the list of 3G favorite wingers to date
     
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  25. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Has Tyler joined the group at camp yet? I've not seen anything on social media about him being there.
     

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