Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson admits it will be the coaching staff and not he who makes the decision on Kris Boyd's future.

The former Middlesbrough and Rangers striker had a disappointing debut MLS season with just seven goals as he was in and out of the starting line-up.

There were also some injury concerns for Boyd, who joined the Timbers as a Designated Player in January, and now Paulson admits some decisions need to be made on the attacker who is contracted for another season.

"Clearly we didn't expect Kris not to be starting all the time," Paulson told MLSsoccer.com. "And I would have had his goals, if I were predicting, higher than they were.

"(General manager) Gavin (Wilkinson) and (head coach) Caleb (Porter) have got to work that out with Kris.

"I'm sure they will, and they'll keep me in the loop as to the plans. I've always said I'll let the soccer guys make those decisions, and I keep them accountable for those decisions."

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