At the end of the MLS season Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter said the team would be signing a new center-back for next season and that had put some doubt on the future of Steven Taylor at the Timbers.
Taylor was released by Newcastle in the summer after he turned down a one year deal offered to him by Rafa Benitez.
He signed a two and a half year deal with Portland on August 1st, but he didn’t play much and was not impressive last season.
And the news on Tuesday was that the Timbers and Steven Taylor have parted their ways by mutual consent so that’s a surprise with Taylor spending only four months in Oregon.
Taylor scored one goal for the Timbers last season in the 4-2 win over the Seattle Sounders, but he made only 9 starts for them.
Gavin Wilkinson, General Manager and President of Soccer for the Timbers had this to say:
“We appreciate Steven’s contributions while in Portland and wish him all the best.”
Taylor is now 30 and he released a rather lengthy statement thanking everybody:
“I’d like to thank everyone at Portland Timbers for an unforgettable few months on and off the field.
“Firstly, I’ve got to thank Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson for giving me the opportunity to represent such a fantastic club as well as Caleb Porter, my team-mates and all the staff. Caleb is a top-class coach and I loved playing for him.”
“There’s a great locker room at the club and the players made me feel at home from day one.”
“The backroom team have also been brilliant with me. I’ve never felt fitter. I didn’t miss a day’s training and I loved coming to work every day.”
“Also, I want to thank the Timbers Army for their support on the pitch and in the city. They were so welcoming and so supportive.”
“I loved playing for them. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Portland, and the club, the people and city couldn’t have done more for me.”
“I was proud to pull on the jersey and represent the club, especially in such a special place to play like Providence Park.”
“While I will be returning to the other side of the Atlantic, I wish the Timbers and their supporters all the best as I continue following them and supporting them from afar.”
When a player leaves by mutual consent 90% of the time that’s cover for the fact he’s been fired and certainly Steven didn’t initiate the separation, so it’s a bit of a blow for the Geordie lad.
Presumably Taylor will now try to hook up with a team in England after his adventure over here in the MLS didn’t pay off.
He’s a smashing lad so we hope he can hooked up maybe with a lower league club.