Tony Taylor (footballer, born 1989)

Alejandro Antonio "Tony" Taylor (born July 13, 1989) is a Panamanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for San Antonio FC in the USL Championship.[2]

Tony Taylor
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Antonio Taylor[1]
Date of birth (1989-07-13) July 13, 1989
Place of birth Long Beach, California, United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
San Antonio FC
Number 23
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 South Florida 20 (4)
2008 Jacksonville 13 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Central Florida Kraze 7 (10)
2010–2013 Estoril Praia 41 (8)
2011Atlético CP (loan) 10 (3)
2013–2014 Omonia 18 (6)
2014 New England Revolution 1 (0)
2015–2016 New York City FC 16 (5)
2017 Paços de Ferreira 2 (0)
2017 Jacksonville Armada 12 (4)
2018 Ottawa Fury 32 (6)
2019 Puskás Akadémia 1 (0)
2019– San Antonio FC 4 (0)
National team
2009 United States U20 11 (2)
2012 United States U23 1 (0)
2016– Panama 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:56, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:30, February 17, 2017 (UTC)

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.[3]

Club career

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,[4] before signing with Traffic Sports of Brazil.[5]

During his college years Taylor played for the Central Florida Kraze in the USL Premier Development League, netting 10 goals in seven games,[6] 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.

Professional

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.[7] Taylor returned to Estoril Praia after his loan spell but did not renew his contract with the club following the 2012–13 season.[8] In August 2014 Taylor was acquired by the New England Revolution of the MLS through a weighted lottery.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Taylor's option was not exercised by NYCFC at the end of the 2016 season.[12] On January 31, 2017, Taylor joined Primeira Liga side Paços de Ferreira.[13] Taylor was signed by Jacksonville Armada FC on July 28, 2017.[14]

On February 26, 2018 Taylor signed with the Ottawa Fury in the United Soccer League.[15]

International career

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.[16] Both of Taylor's parents are Panamanian-born. Taylor debuted for Panama in a 0–0 2018 World Cup qualification tie against Mexico.[17] In January 2017, Taylor played two matches for Panama at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana.[14]

Career statistics

Club

As of February 17, 2017[14]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Paços de Ferreira 2016–17 Primeira Liga 200020
Total 200020
Career total 200020

    International

    As of February 17, 2017[14]
    National teamYearAppsGoals
    Panama
    201610
    201720
    Total30

    References

    1. "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 22. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
    2. https://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/1048968
    3. "Tony Taylor: "Estoy aquí para ayudar a hacer un grupo más fuerte"".
    4. "Taylor to Get Chance for IK Start". Yanks-abroad.com. August 5, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
    5. The Miami Herald. "Traffic nabs another young gun". Miamiherald.typepad.com. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
    6. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
    7. "Taylor to Join Atletico CP".
    8. 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.
    9. "New England Revolution add former US youth int'l forward Tony Taylor through weighted lottery". MLSsoccer.com. August 18, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
    10. "News". MLSsoccer.com. September 24, 2016. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
    11. "NYCFC Announce Roster Options for 2017". November 28, 2016.
    12. "Reforços". F.C. Paços de Ferreira. February 17, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
    13. "Tony Taylor Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
    14. "Fury FC adds striker Tony Taylor". Ottawa Fury FC. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
    15. "Tony Taylor and Ronald Matarrita Called Up to their National Teams". NYCFC.com. September 29, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
    16. FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - Panama-Mexico - FIFA.com". FIFA.com.
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