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2tone
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Post #1
Tuesday August 19, 2014 12:49am

Joined Jul 2012
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Not to long ago Tony Taylor was talked about as an up and coming striker /wide FWD. After 5 uneventful years in Europe he has now landed with New England.

What do you guys think? Still have high hopes for him now at 25 years old?

This is the reason why I don't get that excited about potential USA players going over to Europe at a young age.

Taylor is just another name in a long list of failed, promising US youth players to flame out in Europe.

skangles
DC
Post #2
Tuesday August 19, 2014 1:34am

Joined Jan 2013
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Cool, he had a few moments of hype when he was playing in Portugal. I'll look forward to seeing him in the MLS.

In a way he's similar to Nguyen. He was never the prospect that Nguyen was when signed with PSV but the Revs really helped Nguyen resurrect his career. Hopefully they can do the same with Taylor.

Scout92
Lone Star State(Gun State)
Post #3
Tuesday August 19, 2014 3:09am

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,417
Saw this earlier, good to see he came to the MLS. There's going to be some competition for him at New England tho...

Rey Regicide
Post #4
Tuesday August 19, 2014 1:19pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 2,001
Original post from 2tone

Not to long ago Tony Taylor was talked about as an up and coming striker /wide FWD. After 5 uneventful years in Europe he has now landed with New England.

What do you guys think? Still have high hopes for him now at 25 years old?

This is the reason why I don't get that excited about potential USA players going over to Europe at a young age.

Taylor is just another name in a long list of failed, promising US youth players to flame out in Europe.


I don't get it, Tony Taylor was a college student who went out to a second division Portuguese team that he helped in some fashion get promoted. I remember him when we went to Egypt, we got owned, noone looked good (not even Mix, but he was probably our only good player, Davies our captain was beyond average... so much so that he never even landed a consistent MLS gig) He comes back, like Nguyen, to the Revs, probably still has more talent than 50 to 70 percent of the youth USA pool in the league. He'll probably make the starting 11 for them. He is NOT like Pulisic, Hyndman, Gyau, Green, Flores, Rubin etc or any of the players we're currently excited about.

Were it not for those guys coming up, he would have a chance to make it to the National team if he puts in a good shift at NE. Same age as Besler, Zusi, Cameron etc when they started for the nats 25 to 26. I clearly remember Carlisle's article about that 09 u 20 WC team, that they were less heralded, less talked about than the 07 team, but that we should still be excited about them. Sike there was nothing to be excited about. Taylor was good, but that's all he was in that class of 2009. THE LOST GENERATION. Headed by Captain Brek. A decent MLS player.

I wouldn't say he's failed, he's earned playing time in European leagues. He is a professional soccer player. The only thing he's failed is to be a star and on the National Team.

If he had stayed home this whole time, he'd be Andre Akpan. Which player would you rather have? Who's more of a failure?

Just for kicks Johann Smith, another failure, explaining away his failures

http://www.column10.com/2012/04/talent-dictat...

The nature of youth development is, as unfortunate as it may sound, that there is ALOT of waste to be had. A TON. Even in our dortmund 3, or in the totality of our youth pool right now, there's a good chance only 2 will pan out to be our stars. That's just the way it is. But that just means MORE not less have to go out and beat the odds.

But this is also a good thing that's happened, this is someone who clearly can't make the first division in most European teams, but is a strong player, a good player, he should make the league in his country stronger with his experience that he's gained in Europe.


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