Mitchell Taintor

Mitchell Taintor (born September 11, 1994) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays as a defender for Sacramento Republic of the USL.

Mitchell Taintor
Taintor playing for Toronto FC II in 2016
Personal information
Full name Mitchell Taintor
Date of birth (1994-09-11) September 11, 1994
Place of birth Willimantic, Connecticut, United States
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sacramento Republic
Number 4
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Ocean City Nor'easters 2 (0)
2014–2015 Real Boston Rams 24 (0)
2016–2017 Toronto FC II 47 (3)
2018– Sacramento Republic 55 (3)
2018Toronto FC (loan) 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 26, 2019



Prior to his collegiate career, Taintor represented New England Revolution's youth set-up. Totalling 58 appearances for the Under-16s and a further 24 appearances for the Under-18s, he featured in the MLS Reserve Division while being named to the Adidas Interregional All-Star Select in 2008 and the Region I team in 2009.[1]


Taintor attended Rutgers University for four years, where he played for the Scarlet Knights. Scoring 13 times in 71 appearances, while also recording eight assists, he was named to the NSCAA Second Team All-Midwest Region, Second Team All-Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Conference All-Tournament Team.[2]

During his time in college, Taintor played for the Ocean City Nor'easters of the Premier Development League in 2013 before spending 24 games for Premier Development League side Real Boston Rams during 2014 and 2015. His final year with the Scarlet Knights was spent in the same league.[1]


Taintor was drafted in the third round, 59th overall, in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC on January 19, 2016.[3] After spending four games of pre-season with the first team, he made five appearance in Toronto FC II's pre-season campaign. On March 15 it was announced that he had signed with the affiliate team ahead of their USL season.[4] He made his debut on March 26, in a 2–2 draw with New York Red Bulls II.

Taintor signed with Sacramento Republic for the 2018 season in January 2018.[5] before being loaned to Toronto FC, where he scored a goal in his debut against the Houston Dynamo.[6]

Personal life

Taintor was born in Willimantic, Connecticut to Rob and Missy Taintor. He was raised in Storrs, Connecticut alongside siblings Amy and Jared. His grandfather, Joseph Morrone, was a former Connecticut head coach. He majored from Rutgers University in Labor & Employment Relations.[2]


  1. "Mitchell Taintor – ProspectXI". ProspectXI. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  2. "SCARLETKNIGHTS.COM Mitchell Taintor Bio – Official Athletic Site Official Athletic Site – Men's Soccer". Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  3. "TFC Concludes SuperDraft With Three Picks". Toronto FC. January 19, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  4. "Toronto FC II Sign Mitchell Taintor". Toronto FC. March 15, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  6. Toronto FC Communications (2018-04-20). "Toronto FC Sign Alan Mariano Miño, Acquire Mitchell Taintor On Loan". Toronto FC. Maor League Soccer. Retrieved 2018-04-21.

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