Category: Taylor Twellman

Watch Taylor Twellman’s short-sighted defense of MLS TV ratings [VIDEO]

In a recent speech at The Future of Soccer symposium, ESPN analyst and co-commentator Taylor Twellman went on a rant by using select metrics to defend his case that MLS TV viewing numbers aren’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be. If you take Twellman’s words in isolation (see video below), you would walk away believing that MLS TV viewing numbers are in the same ballpark as those for the Premier League. But by using select numbers from one game (the Columbus Crew-New York City FC match that had 424,000 viewers, which was more than a Stoke-Southampton game), ... Read more

Taylor Twellman rises to number one American soccer analyst

American soccer voices are often criticized in some quarters while being defended as a “cause” in others. The idea of American commentators at a major international event is either seen as parochial to an American audience or simply out of place by many hardcore observers of the sport. At a time when FOX Sports appears to have made the Americanization of soccer punditry and analysis a network priority, rival ESPN has found the right mixture of commentators and outstanding American voices. FOX’s approach has created defensiveness among many in the American soccer intelligentsia while NBC Sports’ heavily-anglicized coverage of the Premier ... Read more

Listen to Taylor Twellman on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

Tonight’s World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Taylor Twellman. Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below. Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is a nightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week. The show will feature interviews with insightful guests as well as taking listener calls. Taylor Twellman, a former U.S. Men’s National Team player and Major League Soccer MVP with the New England Revolution, is ESPN’s lead analyst for Major ... Read more

Shake-Up: Twellman To Replace Harkes At ESPN

In a move that releases a collective, “Hoorah!” from most American soccer fans I know, Grant Wahl reports over at SI.com that ESPN will not bring back John Harkes for color commentary in 2012. Harkes has been a consistent lightning rod for viewer angst during ESPN’s coverage of the domestic game, and has learned of his status with the company. The analyst who will replace Harkes is another USMNT veteran, who is a rising star in the business. Taylor Twellman will be moved up from the #2 color slot for domestic coverage to the top chair. The former MLS MVP and ... Read more

Match Preview: New England Revolution v. Houston Dynamo

– Photo by Katy Umana After what appeared to be another typical slow Dynamo start to the 2009 MLS Season, losing away matches to the San Jose Earthquakes and D.C. United and only getting draws with Columbus Crew and RedBull New York at home, the pressure was on the Dynamo to get a victory as they hosted the Colorado Rapids on April 20th. In the 20th minute of the match, Brian Ching finally ended the Dynamo’s 254 minute scoring drought when he found the back of the net. The Dynamo held their lead late into the second half, and just ... Read more

Taylor’s Time?

With the recent World Cup qualifiers demonstrating how pathetically weak the US striker corps is the time has come for Bob Bradley to call back the player whose exclusion from the World Cup 2006 squad raised the most eyebrows. To Bradley’s credit he did feature Twellman in the 2007 Gold Cup and Copa America, but injuries and the sudden fascination with Brian Ching have stopped Twellman from getting his chance again. Despite being several inches shorter than Ching, Twellman is a better target man on set pieces. Also Twellman has the combination of athelticism and technical skill that most American ... Read more

Time for Taylor Twellman

With the recent World Cup qualifiers demonstrating how pathetically weak the US striker corps is the time has come for Bob Bradley to call back the player whose exclusion from the World Cup 2006 squad raised the most eyebrows. To Bradley’s credit he did feature Twellman in the 2007 Gold Cup and Copa America, but injuries and the sudden fascination with Brian Ching have stopped Twellman from getting his chance again. Despite being several inches shorter than Ching, Twellman is a better target man on set pieces. Also Twellman has the combination of athelticism and technical skill that most American ... Read more

US National Team: Looking Ahead

The 2006 World Cup was a page turner for the United States. Not only because the result didn’t fulfill the pre-tournament expectations of many, but because of a coaching change and the departure of arguably four of the United States five most skilled players. (Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna and Brian McBride retired from international play; John O’Brien has not played a competitive match since the World Cup; Landon Donovan is the only remaining American of what I would consider the top 5 skilled players entering World Cup 2006.) 2007 was seen a rebuilding year for the United States and the ... Read more