Taylor Twellman

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Taylor Twellman
TaylorTwellman 2006 MLS Cup.jpg
Twellman playing for the New England Revolution in 2006
Personal information
Full name Taylor Timothy Twellman
Date of birth (1980-02-29) February 29, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1998–1999 Maryland Terrapins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 TSV 1860 München II 58 (29)
2002–2010 New England Revolution 174 (101)
Total 232 (130)
National team
1997 United States U-17 3 (2)
1999 United States U-20 4 (4)
2002–2008 United States 30 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Taylor Twellman (born February 29, 1980) is a retired American soccer player who currently works as a television analyst for ESPN.

Career[edit]

Youth and College[edit]

Taylor was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Saint Louis University High School, where he was an all-star athlete in American football, basketball, soccer, and baseball, he was offered a contract by the Kansas City Royals. After graduating from SLUH in 1998, Twellman rejected the offer, electing to play soccer at Maryland on an athletic scholarship.[1]

At Maryland, Twellman played soccer in 1998 and 1999; in 1998 Twellman was named a second-team All American for the squad, and in his sophomore 1999 season he finished as a runner-up for both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC Player of the Year Award. After only two seasons with the Terrapins, Twellman left college to turn professional.

Professional[edit]

In 2000, Twellman signed with German Bundesliga club 1860 Munich. However, after an unsuccessful two years with the team, for whom he never played above the reserve level, Twellman returned to the U.S. when he was drafted second overall by the New England Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft.

In Twellman's first season in MLS, he established himself as one of the best players in the league. In the 2003 season, despite being beset by a number of injuries, Twellman finished tied with Carlos Ruiz of the L.A. Galaxy for top goalscorer of the league with 15. His production went down in 2004, as he ended up with just nine goals. But 2005 saw Twellman back to his old form, as he won both the Major League Soccer MVP Award and MLS Golden Boot, finishing the regular season with 17 goals. He was also named to the MLS Best XI, as he was in 2002.

Twellman was the target of transfer talk when Odd Grenland of Norway reportedly made a $1.2 million bid for him, which MLS rejected. In February 2007, New England announced they had signed Twellman to a four-year contract, reportedly worth $5 million.[2]

In 2007, Twellman won his first title with the Revolution: the US Open Cup, a season in which he finished third in MLS in goals scored. The Revolution also won the Eastern Conference title, with Twellman scoring a spectacular bicycle kick against the Chicago Fire to secure the Revs' spot in the 2007 MLS Cup. Twellman scored the opening goal of the 2007 MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo. However, this would be New England's only goal as they would go on to lose their third straight MLS Cup by a score of 2–1.[3]

In January 2008, English Championship team Preston North End had a bid totalling $2.5 million rejected for the striker, against the player's wishes.[4]

Twellman missed the majority of the 2008 and 2009 MLS seasons after suffering a neck injury and a subsequent serious concussion in a game against Los Angeles Galaxy on August 30, 2008.[5] Twellman planned to make his return during the 2010 season but on June 24, it was announced that Twellman would not play in the 2010 season and was placed on the season-ending injury list. After struggling to find any playing time over the past three seasons in MLS, due to his head injury, Twellman announced his retirement from the game at the end of the 2010 MLS season.[6] Twellman has agreed to donate his brain to science after death. It is believed his brain could be of great use to determine whether or not multiple concussions causes permanent harm to the brain.[7]

International[edit]

Twellman has occasionally played for the U.S. national team. At the 1999 World Youth Championship, he scored four goals and made international headlines.

Twellman made his first appearance on the senior national team on November 17, 2002, against El Salvador. He struggled to score his first international goal, having several apparent goals waved off for offside infractions. He finally scored against Panama in a World Cup qualifier on October 12, 2005. He improved his chances for a spot on the 2006 World Cup team in a friendly against Norway on January 29, 2006. In the game, he scored the ninth hat trick in U.S. National Team history, but was ultimately left off the World Cup roster.

Personal[edit]

Taylor's father Tim Twellman, and uncles Mike Twellman and Steve Twellman, all played professionally in the North American Soccer League. Taylor's brother James Twellman played with the San Jose Earthquakes reserves in 2002. Taylor's grandfather, Jim Delsing, was a major league baseball outfielder in the 1950s for five teams. His uncle is golfer Jay Delsing.

In 2004, Twellman received the inaugural Keough Award, which recognizes the outstanding male soccer player from the St. Louis area.

Twellman Soccer provides programs and tools for players, coaches and organizations across the United States.

Since retirement, Twellman has created the THINKTaylor foundation, a charitable organization regarding sports-related concussions.

Honors[edit]

United States[edit]

New England Revolution[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosewater, Amy (August 1, 2002), Twinkle returns for Twellman, USA Today, retrieved November 9, 2007 
  2. ^ Revs' Taylor Twellman signs contract extension, MLS, February 12, 2007, archived from the original on December 29, 2007, retrieved November 9, 2007 
  3. ^ Dynamo beat Revolution 2–1 to repeat as MLS champions (– Scholar search), Fox Sports, November 18, 2007, retrieved November 18, 2007 [dead link]
  4. ^ "Twellman Vents About Preston Approach". The Washington Post. January 18, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2008. 
  5. ^ Revolution’s Taylor Twellman out indefinitely
  6. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/report-twellman-end-his-playing-career
  7. ^ http://www.necn.com/11/04/10/Twellmans-retirement-not-a-choice/landing_sports.html?blockID=345492&feedID=6097

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Amado Guevara
Major League Soccer MVP Award
2005
Succeeded by
Christian Gómez