BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rapid Vienna notched its first win of the season on Saturday against Wiener Neustadt through a complete performance from Chris Trimmel and American forward Terrence Boyd.
Boyd went a full 90 for Rapid in the win and scored two second half goals to seal the victories.
In the opening minutes Boyd forced a pair of great save from Neustadt keeper Jorg Siebenhandl which nearly gave Rapid the lead.
In the 16th minute, Boyd drew a red card from Neustadt defender Dennis Mimm after he was fouled on a high kick which caught Boyd's body.
In the 28th minute, Guido Burgstaller gave Rapid a 1-0 lead when he headed home a cross for Chris Trimmel. Ten minutes later, Burgstaller doubled the advantage for Rapid when he received a perfect through ball from Steffen Hofmann and beat Siebenhandl with a low shot and a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Boyd would begin to take over the game and in the 53rd minute he headed home a cross from Trimmel for a 3-0 lead.
In the 79th minute, Trimmel picked up his third assist of the game from another cross from the right side. This time there was a total defensive breakdown that allowed Boyd to move to the far post completely unmarked. The U.S international let the ball bounce before heading the ball to the near post for a 4-0 lead.
After a draw in its opening game last weekend, Rapid Wien now moves into second place in the Austrian Bundesliga with the win.
Rapid Vienna will now travel to Greece to face Asteras Tripolis on Wednesday in a Europa League qualifier. It will return to Austrian Bundesliga action on Sunday August 4th when it visits Sturm Graz.