In a move that has been expected, the Portland Timbers on Friday announced they have parted ways with Kris Boyd.
In a statement, the team said it came to a “mutual agreement” with Boyd to terminate his contract. No details about the agreement were released.
The Scottish striker had seven goals and one assist in 26 league games in his first MLS season. Boyd signed a two-year contract with Portland on Jan. 30, 2012, after the Timbers sent their first-round pick in the recently-completed 2013 MLS SuperDraft to Houston for the opportunity to sign Boyd.
The Timbers’ second designated player, Boyd was the club’s highest paid player last season, earning $1.5 million. But Boyd, 29, disappeared from the lineup late in the season, an indication that he might not be in the plans for 2013.
“We would like to thank Kris for his service to the club and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson said.
Boyd is the all-time leading scorer in the Scottish Premier League. He scored three goals in his first six MLS games, but scored in only three more games the rest of the season.
Boyd scored twice in the first game after the Timbers fired head coach John Spencer, a fellow Scotsman. But Boyd didn’t score again as injuries and the team’s decision to look at other players limited Boyd to 43 minutes on the field over the Timbers’ final 11 matches.
When Caleb Porter was introduced to the Portland media last month, the new Timbers coach said that Boyd would struggle to play in his possession-oriented system. Boyd didn’t participate in any of Portland’s preseason workouts.
Sporting Kansas City 1, Portland 0 — Despite creating a number of scoring chances, the Timbers suffered the first preseason loss in the team’s three MLS seasons. Jerome Mechack scored the goal on a free kick from about 35 yards in the 63rd minute of Friday’s match in Tucson.
Bright Dike had two chances to score after the Timbers fell behind. In the closing minutes, defender Hanyer Mosquera had a couple of near misses.
As in Tuesday’s preseason opener, Porter used 22 players, changing his lineup at halftime. There was a delay of 20 minutes in the second half for an injury sustained by Sporting KC’s Soony Saad. Saad later tweeted that he was OK.
The Timbers next take on Seattle at 9:30 a.m. PST on Tuesday in Tucson.