Rabu, 09 Januari 2013

Porter: Boyd will have a hard time fitting in Portland's system

Kris Boyd, Portland Timbers; Sean Franklin, LA Galaxy; MLS
Portland Timbers striker Kris Boyd may struggle to fit in with the team's style of play, according to the club's new manager Caleb Porter.

The 37-year-old boss moved to address Boyd's standing with the club at his unveiling, hinting that the forward may have to look at securing a move elsewhere if he wants to play regularly in the coming campaign.

The reasoning behind this seemingly tough stance is that Boyd's lumbering, target-man style may not be as conducive to adjusting to Porter's fluid style, with competition for places set to be fierce given that Portland already boast a wealth of attacking options including Nigeria international Bright Dike, Darlington Nagbe, Danny Mwanga and Ryan Johnson to choose from.

"Kris Boyd is a player that I think will have a hard time fitting in with this system," Porter told reporters.

"[Boyd] will have a hard time playing the way we want to play."

The 29-year-old's high salary fig ure (he made $1.25 million in base salary in 2012 according to MLS Players Union documents) has made him an unappealing trade target within MLS.

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