Tony Taylor (soccer)
|Full name||Alejandro Antonio Taylor|
|Date of birth||July 13, 1989|
|Place of birth||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Paços de Ferreira|
|2007||South Florida Bulls|
|2007–2008||Central Florida Kraze||7||(10)|
|2011||→ Atlético CP (loan)||10||(3)|
|2014||New England Revolution||1||(0)|
|2015–2016||New York City FC||16||(2)|
|2017–||Paços de Ferreira.||2||(0)|
|2009||United States U20||11||(2)|
|2012||United States U23||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:30, February 17, 2017 (UTC)(UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:30, February 17, 2017 (UTC)
Alejandro Antonio "Tony" Taylor (born July 13, 1989) is an American-Panamanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Primeira Liga side Paços de Ferreira. His positions are striker or secondary striker. Born in the United States, his parents are of Panamanian descent and he was called up to the Panama national football team for the first time in September 2016.
Youth and amateur
Taylor was born in Long Beach, California, but grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended Bishop Kenny High School, moving on to play one year of college soccer at the University of South Florida, before transferring to Jacksonville University as a sophomore. As a Dolphin, Taylor helped the team achieve one of the best seasons in the program’s history. In 2008, with the help of Taylor, the Dolphins went 7-2 in the Atlantic Sun and won the conference tournament. In the NCAA tournament the Dolphins defeated Louisville in their first round matchup with Taylor providing a goal and an assist. He left Jacksonville after his sophomore year, and travelled to Europe intending to turn professional. He trained with Norwegian club IK Start, playing in a pre-season friendly, before signing with Traffic Sports of Brazil.
During his college years Taylor played for the Central Florida Kraze in the USL Premier Development League, netting 10 goals in 7 games, and being named finalist for U-19 PDL player of the year. He was also a member of Jacksonville-based USASA club Lynch's FC's run to the first round of the US Open Cup in 2009.
In December 2009 Traffic announced that they would be loaning Taylor to Estoril Praia. He made his league debut on April 18, 2010 against Penafiel and scored his first goal the following weekend in a 1-0 win against Aves. Taylor went out on loan to Atletico CP from August until December 2011. Taylor returned to Estoril Praia after his loan spell but did not renew his contract with the club following the 2012-13 season. In August 2014 Taylor was acquired by the New England Revolution of the MLS through a weighted lottery. In December 2014, Taylor was selected by New York City FC as their 5th pick (and 10th overall pick) in the 2014 expansion draft, having been left unprotected by the New England Revolution. On February 10, 2015, Taylor scored the second goal in NYCFC's inaugural pre-season friendly against St Mirren, the game ended 2-0 in New York's favour.
Taylor played with the United States U-20s, participating in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He also played with the United States U-23 Olympic Qualifying team participating in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
In September 2016, Taylor was called up for the first time to the Panama national football team for a friendly against Mexico national football team on October 11, 2016. Both of Taylor's parents are Panamanian-born. Taylor debuted for Panama in a 0–0 2018 World Cup qualification tie against Mexico. In January 2017, Taylor played two matches for Panama at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana.
- As of February 17, 2017.
|Paços de Ferreira||2016–17||Primeira Liga||0||0||—||—||—||0||0||0||0|
- As of February 17, 2017.
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- May 24, 201310:55AM EDTGreg SeltzerMLSsoccer.com (May 24, 2013). "American Exports: US forward Tony Taylor moving on from Estoril; could stay in Portugal". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- "New England Revolution add former US youth int'l forward Tony Taylor through weighted lottery". MLSsoccer.com. August 18, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- "News". MLSsoccer.com. September 24, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- "Reforços". F.C. Paços de Ferreira. February 17, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
- "Tony Taylor and Ronald Matarrita Called Up to their National Teams". NYCFC.com. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.