MLS club Portland Timbers have just announced they have signed former Newcastle United center-back Steven Taylor.
Steven left the club at the end of June and had been on the books for 21 years having first signed on in 1995 when he was 9 years old.
He was a ball-boy at St. James’ Park during the 1990s when Kevin Keegan was manager of the famous Entertainers.
Steven made 268 total appearances for his home town club with 15 goals and was in the first team for 12 years.
Steven Taylor – while at Newcastle
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Here’s the announcement by Portland:
The Portland Timbers have signed longtime English Premier League central defender Steven Taylor, it was announced today.
Taylor, who joins the Timbers with more than 260 appearances across all competitions with Newcastle United F.C., will be added to the Timbers’ roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.
This is what Gavin Wilkinson, General Manager and President of soccer for the Timbers had to say:
“Taylor is a player with a wealth of experience in the English Premier League and will be a good fit in our club,” “
This addition addresses a positional need at a critical stage of the season.”
Taylor, 30, joins the Timbers after spending 13 seasons in the top divisions in England with Newcastle United, including 12 years in the English Premier League.
After making his Premier League debut against Bolton Wanderers on March 28, 2004, Taylor went on to make more than 190 league appearances in the Premiership with Newcastle United, scoring 12 goals.
Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers said this about Steven:
“Steven Taylor gives us a proven piece that can step into our backline and perform immediately,”
“His experience and leadership will be very important to our team down the stretch.”
Over his time with Newcastle, Taylor helped the club win the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup and the 2009-10 Football League Championship, which gained the club promotion to the English Premier League after a one-year absence.
Taylor also made eight appearances (6 starts) during Newcastle’s run in the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League.
Taylor will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.
Transaction: Portland Timbers sign defender Steven Taylor as a Discovery Signing on Aug. 1, 2016.
Born: Jan. 23, 1986, in Greenwich, London, England
Last Club: Newcastle United
Acquired: Signed on Aug. 1, 2016