US U-20/JU Star Tony Taylor Goes Pro


Tony Taylor, who led Jacksonville University to the NCAA Soccer Tournament last season has turned pro, signing a contract with Traffic Sports USA. Traffic Sports USA is based in Miami and own USL-1 side Miami FC. Taylor is currently in Egypt with the US U-20 team, preparing for the opening match of the U-20 World Cup on Saturday. He will be temporarily assigned to Miami FC, whose USL First Division season is over, but will likely be with another club next season.

Here are the details from Traffic Sports Release:

Miami, September 21, 2009- Traffic Sports USA announced today that it has come to terms with American U-20 National Team striker, Tony Taylor, who has recently been named part of the final 21-man squad that will represent the USA in the upcoming U-20 World Cup in Egypt, to be played from Sept 24th to October 16th.  The Jacksonville native recently spent some time training with Traffic’s USL side, Miami FC, where he left quite an impression. Since then, Tony has also spent time with another Traffic club, G.D. Estoril-Praia, in Portugal.

“You can already tell Tony is a very special player.  He has that rare combination of speed and ball control that you don’t normally see in players his age,” said Director of Soccer, Fernando Clavijo. “With our world-class training center and academy in Brazil, plus our international network of clubs in Europe and the Americas, we will be able to establish a plan that will benefit the player’s development and take advantage of Tony’s incredible potential.”

Taylor has netted three goals and added one assist for Thomas Rongen’s side during  CONCACAF qualifiers and preparation friendlies played in 2009, most recently scoring in a 2-0 win against Australia, the U.S.’s next-to-last tune-up game before the U-20 World Cup.