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.