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TYLER BOYD
Turkey Besiktas (Super Lig)
#30 | Forward
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
December 30, 1994 (Age: 24)
Tauranga, New Zealand
5' 11", 156 lbs (1.8 m, 71 kg)
5/2
Club Career

Boyd's soccer career would start in New Zealand, where he first played for Melville United before signing with Waikato FC in the New Zealand Football Championship. In 2012, he would make the move to the country's biggest team, Wellington Phoenix, making his debut at 17 years old against Sydney FC.

A few years later, Boyd would head to Europe, where he signed a contract with Portugal's Vitoria de Guimaraes. While he only played a handful of games with the first team, he would see much more time with the reserves as he scored 13 goals in 73 appearances.

Guimaraes would send Boyd out on two loan spells, first with fellow Portuguese league team Tondela, and then to Turkey with MKE Ankaragucu. It would be with Ankaragucu that Boyd would finally get noticed in the short time he was there.

In July 2019, it was announced that Boyd had signed a four-year-deal with Turkish powerhouse Besiktas.

International Career

Born to a New Zealand father and an American mother, Boyd had the choice to represent either country.

He did start out with the New Zealand, playing eight times for the U-20s, including three games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He also played five games for the senior team in non-FIFA sanctioned games.

In May 2019, FIFA approved Boyd's request to switch allegiances and represent the United States.

This move led to his inclusion into the roster for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He would go on to score his first two goals for the US in a group game against Guyana.


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