Now with the World Cup over for the US, it is time to slowly transfer our attention to the silly season and we have already had a couple moves in the last couple of weeks.
While his new club hasn’t officially announced anything, Rapid Vienna have confirmed that Terrence Boyd is headed to German 2. Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. Boyd scored 28 league goals in 59 games for Rapid Vienna over the last two seasons and now returns to his country of birth.
RB Leipzig are an interesting team. Energy drink maker Red Bull bought the fifth division team SSV Markranstädt in 2009 and formed Red Bull Leipzig. Since Germany won’t allow sponsors to be part of team names, they renamed the team to RasenBallsport Leipzig (“Leipzig lawn ball sports”) or just RB Leipzig.
With Red Bull’s funding, the team earned promotion to the Regionalliga (fourth division) in 2009-10 then promotion to the 3. Liga in 2012-13 and then promotion to the 2. Bundesliga last season after finishing second in the 3. Liga. They also play in Germany’s Red Bull Arena, which is largest football stadium in the former East Germany and was built for the 2006 World Cup. They are a young team, but have some ambitious owners.
Staying in Germany, German-American Shawn Parker is leaving Mainz after signing a new four-year contract with FC Augsburg. The 21-year-old forward appeared in 27 league games with Mainz’s first team over the last two seasons after growing up within Mainz’s youth system.
Parker is leaving a club that finished seventh last season for a team that finished eighth and one point behind Mainz in the Bundesliga table. Most fans will remember FC Augsburg as the club that Michael Parkhurst sat on the bench with for most of last season.
And finally, Matt Taylor left Preußen Münster earlier this month for another German team in FC Saarbrücken. Taylor scored 22 league goals in 69 games for Preußen Münster in the 3. Liga over the last two seasons. FC Saarbrücken were in the 3. Liga last year but have been relegated to the Regionalliga Südwest. Saarbrücken will also be Taylor’s sixth different team in Germany since leaving the US in 2008.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.