Former All Whites winger Tyler Boyd has heralded his arrival at LA Galaxy with a quick goal for the MLS side in a pre-season tournament.
Boyd (28) was given dispensation to turn out for Galaxy in the match against Portland Timbers though he has not officially been declared as a registered player for the glamour club.
He has been training with the Galaxy in the lead-up to the 4-1 loss to Timbers, on Monday February 13 (NZT).
Tauranga-born Boyd came off the bench as a second-half substitute to score Galaxy’s goal within minutes of playing in the club’s colours for the first time.
The winger has been a free agent since December when he left Turkish Sūper Lig club Beşiktaş by mutual agreement, though he still had six months left on his four-year contract.
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Boyd played age-group football for New Zealand’s U-20 side and for the All Whites before switching allegiance to the United States national team, courtesy of an American mother. He has ten caps for the US national team.
Boyd played youth football for Melville United and Waikato FC before spending three years with the Wellington Phoenix.
The Major League Soccer season starts in late February, and the Galaxy have two more pre-season fixtures — against New York Red Bulls (February 16, NZT) and against Toronto FC (February 19, NZT).