Monday, the New England Revolution acquired former U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Team forward Tony Taylor through the another one of Major League Soccer's odd lotteries. New England and Portland were the only two teams that participated. The Revolution also added former outstanding draft prospect Andre Akpan (now 26) within the past seven days.
Taylor, 25, comes to MLS following a four-year international career. Originally from Long Beach, Calif., Taylor had a two-year collegiate career at South Florida and Jacksonville and began his professional career with Portugal’s G.D. Estoril Praia, debuting in April 2010. He scored twice in five appearances for Estoril in his first season and scored four times in 20 games in the 2010-11 season.
Taylor spent the first half of the next season on loan with Portuguese Segunda Liga club Atletico Clube Portugal, scoring three times in 10 matches before returning to Estoril for the second half of the season where he helped the club win the league and earn promotion with two goals in seven games. Playing in the Primeira Liga for the first time, Taylor made 13 appearances for Estoril in the 2012-13 season, scoring once.
Taylor spent the 2013-14 season playing in the Cypriot First Division for Omonia Nikosia. He appeared in 20 games in all competitions, including each of their games in the second qualifying round of the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League. He scored three times in 13 league appearances, with two of the three goals coming in a road win over Doxa Katokopias.
A member of the U.S. squad that played at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, Taylor started and appeared in all three games, scoring the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-1 win over Cameroon. Overall, he made 11 starts with the U20s, scoring two goals and adding four assists. He was also a member of the U.S. Under-23 squad at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“Taylor has some speed and is versatile in that he can play up top or out wide on the right," said Revolution general manger Mike Burns. "We’ll look forward to get him in as soon as possible and integrated into the team.”
Taylor will be added to the Revolution’s roster following the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.