Matt Taylor: An American Story
Who said Americans cannot buy a break in Europe? The story of Jay DeMerit’s rise from the PDL to the EPL has been well written, but fewer have tracked the fall and then the rise of Matt Taylor from MLS to USL to USASA to Bundesliga.
Many MLS and USL fans remember Taylor. While at UCLA, Taylor played in the PDL for the Orange County Blue Star, and for eleven games he was paired up top alongside Jurgen Klinsmann. Then Taylor was signed by the KC Wizards who then featured US National Team regular Josh Wolff. In 2005, Taylor went back home to LA to play for expansion team Chivas USA.
Chivas USA was a disaster. Taylor was the focal point of the offense, but injuries and playing on the worst team in MLS history wore the player down. In 2006, injuries and signing of Paco Palenica further undermined Taylor’s standing and in 2007 he left Chivas USA seeking more money in the USL.
Taylor got the contract he wanted in Portland with the Timbers but he didn’t produce and was waived rather quickly. Then he latched on with Hollywood United, the celebrity amatuer side which is also filled with former MLS and USL players. Taylor stood out in the US Open Cup including a shocking upset of Portland and was mysteriously given a trial in Germany.
TuS Koblenz was impressed enough by what they saw in Taylor to sign him and he now has scored nine goals since joining the Bundesliga 2 side. The team currently in a relegation dogfight and hit by injuries has been more dependent on Taylor than ever.
Only in America, or maybe only in Germany if you are an American!
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