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American winger Tyler Boyd signs with Turkey’s Besiktas

By The Associated PressJuly 17, 2019

American winger Tyler Boyd has agreed to a contract with the Turkish club Besiktas.

The 24-year-old, who grew up in California, changed his affiliation in May from New Zealand to the United States and scored twice in the Americans’ 4-0 win over Guyana in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.

Boyd signed with the Wellington Phoenix at 17 in 2012 and moved to Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes in February 2015 and was lent to the smaller Portuguese club Tondela in 2017-18. He made a few starts but mostly substitute appearances for Vitoria Guimaraes in the first half of last season, then became a regular during a loan to Turkey’s Ankaragucu during the second half of 2018-19.

His deal with Besiktas was announced Monday.

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