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CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Boyd was conceived in the U.S. and now he’s playing there , too.His father, Ric, wanted his son to be born in his native New Zealand, so Ric and Sherry Boyd traveled there for their son’s birth in December 1994.“We flew straight back to America when I was old enough to travel,” Tyler Boyd said.After Tyler spent a decade in California growing up, the family moved back to New Zealand and he debuted for New Zealand’s senior national team in 2014. He made six appearances for the All Whites, was granted a switch of affiliation by FIFA in May and has become a regular for the Americans heading into Sunday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Mexico.“It was my dream to play for America,” Boyd said Friday. “I represented New Zealand and that’s my dad’s country, and now I get to represent America and make my mom proud — and my dad is extremely proud, as well. To represent such an amazing country is such an honor. There’s 330 million people in this country, and to be one of those players that gets to play is just humbling.”A 24-year-old winger , Boyd signed with the Wellington Phoenix at 17 in 2012 and moved to Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes in February 2015. He started to score during a loan to the smaller Portuguese club Tondela in 2017-18, made a few starts but mostly substitute appearances for Vitoria Guimaraes in the first half of last season, then became a regular during a loan to Turkey’s Ankaragucu during the second half of 2018-19.Three months after he was hired as American coach, Gregg Berhalter called Boyd in March. Boyd had attracted attention from a scout for the Columbus Crew about 2 1/2 years ago when Berhalter coached the Major League Soccer team. Boyd missed Berhalter’s initial outreach because he was in a pool session, then called Berhalter back.“He was excited about it,” Berhalter said. “That’s what you wanted to hear, that type of answer, because we want guys that are in it for the project that we’re on and for what we’re trying to do.”Boyd made his U.S. debut on June 9 in an exhibition against Venezuela and scored twice in his second game, the Americans’ Gold Cup opener against Guyana on June 18. The first goal was the 1,000th in U.S. team history.“You could see he was full of confidence coming in,” U.S. forward Jordan Morris said.Defender Tim Ream was impressed with the physical play of the 5-foot-11 Boyd.“He throws himself around , not afraid to get into a tackle,” Ream said. “His willingness to get the ball to feet and run at guys and make things happen … He’s just showed a willingness to do whatever it takes to stick in this group.”Boyd attended Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy and played soccer, baseball and judo as a youth. Becoming a professional soccer player was his goal.“I think at 4 years old I believe I was telling my parents this is what’s going to happen, I’m going to do it,” he said. “And they never doubted me.They filled me with confidence, filled me with belief, and I believed.”He was playing with a youth academy when he was part of a group offered a trial with Wellington“They said out of these 12 we will sign two professional contracts,” he recalled. “It was after a game that we played in preseason and I scored four goals, they signed me directly after that. And then as a 17-year old I was making appearances in the Australian league as a pro. My debut was against (Alessandro) Del Piero,” the Italian World Cup champion then with Sydney. “It was crazy how things happen.”Boyd told his new U.S. teammates during his first few days to call him “Boydie.” He started on wing midfield in three of the Americans’ five Gold Cup matches and entered another as a second-half sub.“His speed, his verticality , his ability to get to goal, his ability to score goals is something that’s valuable,” Berhalter said.And he has fit into the group as if just another American.“He’s been a great addition to our group, just in terms of the personality,” said midfielder Michael Bradley, among the team’s veterans, “I think he has established himself in a good way in a short amount of time.” MILAN (AP) — As AC Milan looks to overcome record financial losses and its worst league start in eight decades, the club’s strategy for returning to the top of world football consists of investing in youth, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis.Financially-troubled Milan reported a deficit of 145.9 million euros ($161.2 million) — the worst in the club’s history — from its first season under the ownership of American hedge fund Elliott Management.The situation on the pitch is bleak as well, as Milan’s worst start in 81 years saw the dismissal of coach Marco Giampaolo, who had only been hired in the offseason. He was replaced by Stefano Pioli last month.Milan has fallen a long way since the heady days of the late 1980s to 1990s when it was one of the most feared teams in Europe , winning six Serie A titles and three European Cups.It hasn’t even played in the Champions League since the 2013-14 season and Sunday’s loss to Roma — its fifth defeat in nine matches — left it 12th in Serie A, just three points off the relegation zone.At a shareholder’s meeting on Monday, Gazidis said the club plans to turn things around by focusing on youth.“We have a clear strategy,” said the former Arsenal CEO. “It is to invest in younger players whose best years are ahead of them who can develop with us into top class players … we now have the youngest team in the league.“While this is an important part of the strategy it does not preclude investing also in experienced leaders who can help guide our young players as they grow and develop.”Elliott took control of Milan last year after the club’s former Chinese-led consortium missed a deadline to repay part of a loan worth more than 300 million euros ($350 million), that it had used to purchase the club from former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017.Although Milan is a seven-time European champion, its finances have taken a hit during a six-year failure to qualify for the Champions League.The club was banned from this season’s Europa League because of UEFA financial fair play breaches.“Because of the inherited losses of the club, we brought to a close historical FFP breaches by accepting a ban from the Europa League, which was especially painful for a club with the European history of Milan,” Gazidis said. “We know we will have to bring the club into line with FFP, while at the same time improving on field performance … This requires us to bring costs under control, while improving the team over time , a task which is not easy or simple.”Gazidis said the club is working on increasing Milan’s commercial capability. It has already started investing in the digital world and is also building a commercial team to increase its revenue from merchandising as well as focusing on securing more sponsorship.“I believe in the importance and the beauty of this project, to restore Milan as a progressive beacon of football around the world, Gazidis said. “I’m not foolish enough to think that it will be quick or easy, and I don’t believe that any of you are either … I understand the doubts, I know that there have been false dawns before and that patience is difficult.”

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