Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Twellman's Road to 100
Boston Globe, November 15th, 2007 3:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Taylor Twellman scored his 100th Major League Soccer goal (regular season and playoffs) in spectacular fashion last Thursday: turning his back to high looping deflection, Twellman executed a perfect bicycle kick in between two Chicago defenders. The goal, his 100th in 176 regular-season and playoff matches, was enough to see the New England Revolution through to Sunday's MLS Cup final.

Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe points out that it wasn't an easier road reaching that milestone. Twellman spent two frustrating years in Germany with 1860 Munich before joining the Revolution in 2002. At 1860, he started off playing right fullback, a position he had never played before. Twellman didn't get an opportunity to play striker, his natural position, until six months later. In two seasons with the Bundesliga club, Twellman never made a single first-team appearance. Worse, he felt isolated by his teammates as the lone American.

Sensing that he needed a change, Twellman left 1860 and a lucrative contract behind to enter the 2002 MLS draft. Then-Revs coach Fernando Clavijo drafted the striker, who would earn the league minimum salary during his first year. Soon thereafter, things turned around quickly for Twellman. He finished second in scoring in his first season with the Revs and has consistently remained at the top of the goal-scoring charts over the last five seasons. He now earns the league-maximum salary of $400,000.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
Defender Helped Finance Barca Move    
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his ...
Man United Mulls Midweek Friendlies Abroad    
The BBC reports that Manchester United is thinking about playing potentially lucrative midweek friendlies abroad since ...
Cole 'Never Expected' to Play Against Lampard in UCL    
AS Roma defender Ashley Cole said he was surprised to come up against former Chelsea teammate ...
Luis Suarez Ban Upheld in FIFA 15     
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in the "career mode" of FIFA 15, the ...
Simeone: Juve a 'Final'    
It may only be Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, but Diego Simeone is already ...
Report: Pardew's Job Safe-for Now     
Newcastle United is currently 19th in the Premier League table and winless in six games so ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives