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Taylor Twellman

Taylor Twellman
Complete Name: Taylor Twellman
Nationality: American
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Mo (United States)
Date of Birth: February 29, 1980
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 71 kg
National Team: United States
Current Club: New England Revolution (USA - MLS)
Position: Forward


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Club career history

New England Revolution (USA)




Taylor Twellman (born February 29, 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American soccer player. Twellman currently plays forward in Major League Soccer for the New England Revolution.

Twellman was drafted second overall by the Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, after signing with MLS upon returning from an unsuccessful two year stint with 1860 Munich of the Bundesliga, for whom he never played above the reserve level. Twellman joined 1860 Munich from the University of Maryland, for whom he played in 1998 and 1999; in 1998 Twellman was named a second-team All American for the squad, and in his sophomore 1999 season he finished as a runner-up for both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC Player of the Year Award.

In Twellman's first season in MLS, he established himself as one of the most dangerous players in the league, finishing second in the league in goals scored (23), first in overall points (52), and was runner-up to Carlos Ruiz for MLS MVP, despite starting the season as a backup for Mamadou Diallo and Wolde Harris. In the 2003 season, despite being beset by a number of injuries, Twellman finished tied for first in the league in goals scored with 15, again with Ruiz. His production went down in 2004, as he ended up with just nine goals. But 2005 saw Twellman back to his old form, as he won both the Major League Soccer MVP Award and MLS Golden Boot, finishing the regular season with 17 goals. He was also named to the MLS Best XI, as he was in 2002.

In addition to success in MLS, Twellman has has begun to establish himself for the U.S. national team. He made international headways at the 1999 World Youth Championship, scoring four goals. Twellman has since graduated to the senior national team (making his first appearance for the team on November 17, 2002 against El Salvador). Twellman struggled to score his first international goal, having several apparent goals waved off for offside infractions, before finally scoring against Panama in a World Cup qualifier October 12, 2005. He began to improve his chances for a spot on the 2006 World Cup team with a hat trick against Norway in a friendly on January 29, 2006 (only the ninth in US National Team history).

Twellman was raised in the American soccer hotbed of St. Louis and attended traditional powerhouse Saint Louis University High School. Twellman's father Tim played soccer for the Minnesota Kicks, Tulsa Roughnecks, and Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League. His brother James Twellman, a defender, played with the San Jose Earthquakes reserves in 2005. Also, his younger brother Jack and brother-in-law Quinn Ottwell both are currently sophomores playing at SLUH, Jack as a midfielder and Ottwell as a forward. He was also the recipient of the inaugural Keough Awards for outstanding male soccer player from the St. Louis area in 2004.

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