Timbers sign Boyd as Designated Player

The Portland Timbers announced on Monday that the club has signed Scottish forward Kris Boyd as a Designated Player.

Boyd is the all-time leading scorer in the Scottish Premier League with 164 goals in 296 appearances with Kilmarnock and Rangers.

The 28-year-old netted 101 goals with Rangers and topped the league's scoring chart on four occasions.

"I've said from the beginning that we are committed to winning and will make a significant investment on the player front if it is the right fit for the organization," said Timbers owner and president Merritt Paulson. "Kris perfectly fits the profile of the team's needs and will make a huge impact."

Boyd captured two league titles with Rangers as well as a pair of Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cup titles.

"Kris is a proven goalscorer at the highest levels of the game, and we expect that to continue here in Portland," said Timbers head coach John Spencer. "We've been looking for this type of traditional number nine player and are very pleased we found him."

Capped 18 times by Scotland, Boyd has tallied seven goals in his international career and shares the SPL record for goals in a single game with five.