#7 | Forward
July 13, 1989 (Age: 23)
Long Beach, California
5' 11", 165 lbs (1.8 m, 75 kg)
Taylor grew up in Florida and didn't venture far to continue his career in college, spending one year at the University of South Florida and one year at Jacksonville. He left the Dolphins after his sophomore year with the intent of going professional in Europe. After an unsuccessful trial at Norway's IK Start, he signed with the Brazil-based Traffic Sports group.
In December 2009, Traffic loaned Taylor to GD Estoril-Praia of Portugal's Liga de Honra. He was instrumental in Estoril-Praia's run to the Liga Intercalar reserve championship in 2010. Subsequently, he began to earn more playing time with the first team.
His loan was later extended to the end of the 2010-11 season. Taylor received only sporadic playing time throughout the year.
In August 2011, he moved a short distance along the coast to Atlético CP on loan, a newly promoted club in the same league.
Taylor's loan lapsed in January 2012, precipitating a return to Estoril.
Taylor's success in the NCAA grabbed US U-20 manager Thomas Rongen's attention. Taylor was invited to a number of camps with the U-20 team and made the squad that competed at the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt.