CLEVELAND, Ohio.- In just his second appearance for the United States Men’s National Team, Tyler Boyd scored his first and second international goals in a 4-0 U.S. win over Guyana in its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup opener in Group D.
In addition to the personal milestone, Boyd’s first goal was also the 1000th goal in the history of the national team, stretching back over a century.
For the New Zealander-American who completed a one-time FIFA switch to the U.S. earlier this year after suiting up in a handful of friendlies for New Zealand, discovering that fact left him all the more pleased with the performance.
“Someone’s just told me that,” Boyd said during a post-match interview. “I was actually pretty surprised. It’s a great moment for me, but what a special moment as a collective. So many different goal scorers, so many great players. To do that for the nation, I’m really proud and quite humbled.”
Boyd was born in New Zealand and then grew up in Southern California until he was 10, when he moved back to New Zealand. Now 24 years of age, Boyd is beaming with pride at representing the U.S.
“I’ve had so many people helping me along the way,” said Boyd. “Me being here is a credit to those people just as much as it’s a credit to hard work. What an amazing feeling it is being here with this group.”
When asked about what it meant to get the starting nod from Manager Gregg Berhalter in the tournament opener, Boyd’s humility was on display again.
“He gave me that trust,” Boyd said. “All I wanted to do was play hard for him and my teammates and play our style of football. It was a good statement, but there’s a long way to go in this tournament.”