Taylor Twellman is one of the best players to ever step on an MLS soccer field, period.
For eight seasons, Twellman played his heart out during every single game he wore a New England Revolution jersey. The amount of commitment that he portrayed each and every game was the reason for his unfortunate exit from the game.
Twellman was going in for a header on a beautiful cross into the 18-yard box, and as soon as he made contact with the ball, the L.A. Galaxy goalie went to punch the ball clear, but made contact with Twellman’s head. At first, it did not seem like anything, but as he ran toward the sidelines to celebrate his goal, he started to grab his head and eventually laid down on the ground.
From that point on, it changed how people viewed soccer injuries, especially concussions. From all of his injury experience, Twellman developed an organization called Think Taylor, which helps raise awareness of concussions in soccer.
Besides all of his wonderful contributions to the soccer world after he retired, Twellman was a goal-scoring machine during his career. While wearing the Revs jersey, he notched 101 goals in 174 appearances for the Revolution. He is currently ranked seventh all-time in goals scored in MLS history.
For many fans who remember the good old days of Revolution soccer, Twellman was part of squad that had players like Clint Dempsey and Steve Ralston. Those three players led the Revolution to numerous victories and many memories for those of us MLS fans who are old enough to remember that time in the league.
Regardless of your knowledge of the MLS, Twellman is one player that every fan of the league should know and study, especially if you want to learn what it takes to be a true goal scorer.