While some may think the signing of Kris Boyd was a mistake, and I'll admit he was a bit expensive, but one could make the argument that Boyd was primarily the only member of the Portland Timbers who really had the skills and the instincts as a in the box, poacher based striker and was one who could use that skill instinctively at full game speed.
Some of the problems the current Portland Timbers are having is predictability. Teams like Montreal and New England contained the Timbers current style of play extremely well by bunkering and playing extremely defensive, forcing the Timbers to play a more direct game. It seemed as if our offense was not suited to this, often throwing the ball away in the final third or making a shot straight at the keeper. It is here in these types of situations Boyd would be the perfect tool to break a deadlock and walk away with all 3 points.
I'd like to end with pointing out a specific situation in the second half of the Revolution match that Ryan Johnson failed to capitalize on. In my honest opinion I feel that Boyd would of nailed 100%. It starts with a Timbers counter attack and Darlington Nagbe is on the ball. Nagbe passes it wide left out to Rodney Wallace who then plays some back in forth with Will Johnson. Wallace then sends a beautiful curling cross directly into Ryan Johnson's feet only to have him place an awkward shot straight at the goal keeper.
You can see it here: http://youtu.be/dLSV-8OS6Co?t=4m15s
It's in these exact situations that Kris Boyd is so good. Poaching and being lethal inside the box is often taken for granted, but it can mean all the difference for an outcome of a game.