In a short press release issued this evening, the Portland Timbers confirmed that Kris Boyd would not be returning to Portland.
Not a huge shocker given what we've heard in the past, but as of today, it is officially official that the Portland Timbers and Kris Boyd will be parting ways. As per usual the terms of the agreement were not discussed, but we're certainly happy that there was no long-standing dispute between him and the club or MLS. Or at least nothing that will drag out.
And so closes a brief Scottish saga in the Portland Timbers recent history. It's a little sad as I did like Boyd, but he certainly did not fit the style the the Portland Timbers needed.
It's worth noting that Boyd's departure opens up a new Designated Player spot as well as over $350,000 in cap space. Whether that money was always planned for use with Diego Valeri, I don't know, but t should certainly make the financials on the side of the Portland Timbers a bit easier to work with.
Here's the full press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers announced that the club and forward Kris Boyd came to a mutual agreement on Jan. 31 to terminate his contract. Per league and club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"We would like to thank Kris for his service to the club and we wish him well in his future endeavors," said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager.
Boyd, 29, was signed by the Timbers on Jan. 30, 2012, as a Designated Player. He appeared in 26 league matches, recording seven goals and one assist in his lone season in Portland.