"Playing FIFA and helping a great cause? Can't beat that!" said Fred Vasquez, winner of last year’s tournament. "Looking forward to defending my title!”
The mission of the ThinkTaylor Foundation is to create social change regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries by increasing awareness, recognition and education and also to provide support to those affected by Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Taylor Twellman, former New England Revolution star striker, who launched the foundation and now works in broadcasting, was permanently sidelined by concussions. Twellman scored 101 goals in his eight-year career with the New England Revolution and was a five-time MLS All-Star. Twellman was the youngest and fastest player in MLS history to reach the 100-goal mark and twice led the League in goals - 2005 (17) and 2003 (15). He had 30 caps and six goals with the U.S. Mens National Team.
Twellman suffered a career-ending concussion in Foxboro on August 30, 2008, when he ran headlong into LA Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin's fist while scoring the Revolution's go-ahead goal in the 22nd minute. Twellman was stitched up on the sidelines and returned to finish the match, a 2-2 tie.
"Was it a spectacular goal? In my view, it was an incredibly spectacular goal," said former Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner. "It had everything. It had timing - the cross was fantastic, the timing of Taylor’s run was incredible. The bravery, because he wasn’t favored for the ball – and don’t forget the goalkeeper is going at a decent rate with his fist - but Taylor being Taylor wants to get on the end of it. Talking about taking one for the team - believe me, it was unbelievable.
I almost thought he wouldn’t play on. When I saw it, and I saw the goalkeeper hit him, and I believe the goalkeeper got injured during that incident, I didn’t think Taylor would play on. But he’s a tough - a very, very tough kid – and it’s probably one of the bravest goals I’ve seen.”
Click here for a photo gallery of Twellman's career.
The Midnight Riders FIFA tournament
The event, a single-elimination tournament using the Playstation 3, is open to 32 entrants. The tournament at The Greatest bar will start at noon and run until around 3 p.m. The Greatest Bar is located at 262 Friend Street, Boston, MA.
This is the 3rd time the Midnight Riders have held the FIFA video game tournament for ThinkTaylor.org.
“This has grown into a great event that people look forward to and ask us about all year," said Fran Harrington, President of Midnight Riders." It’s great to do something so fun, that people like, for such a great cause."
To register for this event or for more information check out the EventBrite page.