Aug 18, 2014, 7:39 PM EDT
The New England Revolution have won the weighted lottery for former U.S. national team youngster Tony Taylor.
Taylor, 23, has spent the past four seasons playing in Portugal and Cyprus after spending two seasons in college soccer with the University of South Florida and Jacksonville before turning pro. He has scored 14 goals in 68 appearances over the last four years with Estoril and Atletico CP of Portugal, then most recently with Cypriot side AC Omonia.
According to Major League Soccer, “New England were one of two teams who entered the lottery, along with Portland, and New England had a 71.4 chance of winning the draw.” Taylor will play in MLS for the first team in his career after arriving at Gillette Stadium.
A striker who can play as the high forward or in a supporting role, Taylor will add extra depth to New England’s frontline which has currently scored just 30 goals in 23 MLS games. Taylor played for the U.S. U-20 side at the 2009 U-20 World Cup and featurd for the USA’s u-23 Olympic squad during the 2012 CONCACAF qualifying stages.
Revolution general manager Michael Burns spoke about Taylor’s acquisition.
“Tony is a younger player who will come in and add to the competition already on our team,” Burns said. “He has some speed and is versatile in that he can play up top or out wide on the right. We’ll look forward to get him in as soon as possible and integrated into the team.”
There have plenty of moves in the forward department in New England in recent weeks as this move comes hot on the heels of the Revs acquiring forward Andre Akpan from New York in exchange for Saer Sene. Taylor will be expected to contribute straightaway for Jay Heaps’ side as the push towards their second-straight playoff berth.
They currently sit in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, one place and one point out of the playoff hunt. Four of New England’s next five games come at home, with four of those matches against Eastern Conference foes. If Taylor arrives and hits the ground running, he could provide valuable minutes off the bench. With the likes of Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury mustering just six goals between them this season, the Revs attack could certainly use some extra help.
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