Reports surfaced yesterday that former Rangers striker Kris Boyd is in talks with multiple teams looking for work. One of those teams is the Houston Dynamo.
Despite some recent issues, the 28-year-old Scotland international has an ability to make a significant mark on the game in the United States, even if his name isn’t the most recognizable.
Let’s go back in the time machine to figure out exactly who Boyd is. The Irvine, Scotland-born forward was in Kilmarnock’s academy before playing for Killie’s senior side from 2000-2006. In 153 appearances for the club, Boyd had an impressive 63 goals.
It gets better. After signing with Rangers – where he featured from 2006-2010 – he nabbed a mind-blowing 101 goals in only 143 appearances. Calling that solid would not do it justice.
After Rangers is when it gets gloomy. The past 18 months have sent him to Middlesborough, then on loan to Nottingham Forest, before signing with Eskişehirspor in the Turkish Super Lig.
While he had problems winning gelling with the two English sides, his time at the Turkish club was met with issues off of the pitch. Boyd claims that since receiving the signing bonus with the club, he never received any more wages.
He is currently not contracted to any club, and is known to have been contacted by multiple English clubs. It is unknown whether he will sign with MLS and become a Dynamo player. However, if it happens, the ceiling is quite high.
Boyd is a special player. While keeping his recent history in mind, it cannot be stressed enough how difficult it is to score with the ease that he did at Rangers. The Scottish Premier League may be past its former days of strength, but any player scoring what was seemingly at will in a league like that is something to take note of. Keep in mind, the SPL was considered one of the top-15 leagues in Europe during his time there, while some would rank it even higher than that.
This isn’t saying that Boyd is going to absolutely turn MLS on its head. However, he certainly could make his mark. If Houston can sign the Scot (the chances could be higher as Houston’s manager, Dom Kinnear, is from Scotland himself), the rest of the league needs to take notice. If he plays as he has over the past 18 months, he may be a decent addition. However, if he finds the form of his glory days in Scotland, opposing fans will pray their team’s defense will act like the Iron Curtain for 90 minutes when the boys in Orange come to town.