Portland Timbers Player Profiles: Kris Boyd

Early Return on Boyd Investment

He is the Portland Timbers recently imported star striker, and highest paid player.

He scores goals, lots and lots of goals, and is capable of being dangerous from anywhere on the pitch.

Of course we’re talking about Kris Boyd. Who else?

Name: Kris Boyd
Team: Portland Timbers
Age: 28
Position: Attacker
DOB: August 18th, 1983
POB: Irvine, Scotland
Height: 6 ft 1 in
MLS Seasons: 1
Pro Seasons: 18

Life in Scotland

Born and raised in Scotland, Boyd’s career started at the ripe and shocking age of 12, when he played in several trial matches for one of the most iconic clubs in the Scottish Premiere League — Rangers.

After a short spell, he eventually would join the youth development program at Kilmarnock, ten miles from his home village.

From there, Boyd would go on to score 63 goals in 153 appearances during his six-year tenure with the club, but it wasn’t until his last full season with Kilmarnock that he was truly recognized for his superhuman scoring skills.

During a match in September of 2004, Boyd would have a coming out party, scoring five goals in one afternoon against Dundee United, bringing his total to 19 goals in all competitions that year.

Immediately Boyd began to garner more interest from clubs all across Europe.

After much speculation on where the budding Scottish superstar would end up, he finally made a move on January 1st, 2006, going right back to the place where it all began.

During his second stint with Rangers, a more mature Boyd would become one of the most well known players ever to play in the SPL, scoring scored 101 goals in 143 matches with the club. Those numbers, along with his monster stats with Kilmarnock, places Boyd atop the Scottish Premier League for the most goals ever scored by a single player.

Portland Timbers loving the investement return of Kris Boyd (photo oregonlive.com)

England and Turkey

Just across the pond, Boyd’s career stalled, and during his two year spell in the Football League Championship in England, it all came undone.

At Middlesbrough, he appeared 27 times, and scored just six goals.

That dismal spell prompted the Boro to place him on loan with bottom table Nottingham Forest, where he responded by rattling off six goals in just 10 matches.

It was apparent a change of scenery was all Boyd needed, so he signed a three-year contract with Turkish Super Lig club Eskişehirspor in 2011. However, he would appear just twice before terminating his contract after he accused the club of not paying him.

Scotland National Team

Boyd has featured sparingly for the Scotland A-team since 2006. He has also appeared for the B-team, and with the Under 21 squad.

During his time with the A-team, he scored seven times in 18 matches.

MLS Time

After spurning an offer from the Dynamo just seven days prior, Boyd agreed to terms with Portland on January 30th, 2012. In order to secure his services, the Timbers had to part with their first round pick to the Dynamo.

In his first season with the club he has appeared 11 times, and scored on three occasions.

It would appear Boyd has finally found a contentedness in Portland, and early returns suggest that there is a beneficial match for both he and the franchise.

Kris Boyd’s 1st MLS Goal


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