Taylor Twellman and the Career That Had to End Short

Former New England Revolution forward retired today putting an end to a shortened career. Reoccurring head injuries forced Twellman to end his 2008 MLS season early and the former US international had not been able to recover since. Twellman will go down as one of MLS’s best players of the past decade but was just a bit unlucky in not having an even greater career. A product of the notable University of Maryland soccer program, Twellman made a quick jump to Europe playing for Germany’s 1896 Munich early in his career but could not quite breakthrough into the main team despite achieving moderate success at the reserve level. So Twellman like a few other struggling American youngsters returned back to his American roots to achieve an ample amount of experience. In his first year as a member of the New England Revolution, Twellman notched an impressive 23 goals in 28 games and finished runner-up as a the league’s MVP. Twellman eventually won his first career MVP in 2005 as he hit his prime and was linked with teams in Europe. After scoring a hat-trick in early 2006 for the US Men’s National Team it seemed inevitable that former USMNT head coach Bruce Arena would take him to the 2006 World Cup but he controversially picked the notorious Brian Ching instead (I’m not going to take anything away from Ching, although I should, but this was one of Arena’s poorest decisions of his USMNT coaching career). Although upset, Twellman shook it off and continued to achieve success in the MLS and continued to attract interest from Europe. But a stubborn New England side refused to let the striker go and the MLS managed to hold to one of its prized assets. Twellman notched 8 goals in 2008 before playing his last game against a season later against my NY Red Bulls in which he scored his 100th career goal and a game that I was lucky enough to attend. Currently Twellman is playing around with pursuing a commentating career after a making a few cameos appearances on ESPN (Taylor, I’m sure you’ll be a better commentator than any of the current ex-USMNT players!) I’ll remember Twellman for his ability to get up in the air despite being a short forward (something all forwards of his size, including myself, could learn from) and how absolutely ripped he looked in that tight-ass Revolution jersey haha. Thanks for the memories lad!

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