New York City FC Forward Tony Taylor Out for Season


New York City FC forward Tony Taylor has suffered a season-ending injury, the Club announced on Tuesday.

Taylor, 25, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture with lateral collateral ligament (LCL) damage in the 35th minute of the clubs’ match against Portland on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium.

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It’s always very disappointing when you see a player suffer a serious injury,” New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis said. “Tony is a great young professional and I know his teammates are going to miss him on the field. Everyone at New York City FC is 100 percent behind him in his recovery and will be there to help every step of the way. I know that Tony will receive the best medical support, and I’m confident that he’ll come back fitter and stronger than ever.”

Taylor will undergo surgery later this week. The time table of his return will be determined following the operation.

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  • Taylor, who was selected 10th in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft from the New England Revolution on Dec. 10, 2014, made two appearances (one start) this season for New York City FC.Born in Long Beach California,grew up in Jacksonville Florida,he played one year of college soccer at the University of South Florida, before transferring to Jacksonville University as a sophomore. At Jacksonville University, Taylor helped the team achieve one of the best seasons in the program’s history. In 2008, with the help of Taylor, the team went 7-2 in the Atlantic Sun and won the conference tournament. In the NCAA tournament they defeated Louisville in their first round match up with Taylor providing a goal and an assist. He left Jacksonville after his sophomore year, and traveled to Europe intending to turn professional. He trained with Norwegian club IK Start playing in a pre-season friendly, before signing with Traffic Sports of Brazil.

    During his college years Taylor played for the Central Florida Kraze in the USL Premier Development League, notching 10 goals in just 7 games, and being named finalist for U-19 PDL player of the year.

    In December 2009 Traffic announced that they would be loaning Taylor to Estoril Praia He made his league debut on April 18, 2010 and scored his first goal the following weekend in a 1-0 win against C.D. Avies Taylor went out on loan to Atlético Clube de Portugal from August until December 2011.Taylor returned to Estoril Praia after his loan spell but did not renew his contract with the club following the 2012-13 season.In August 2014 Taylor was acquired by the New England Revolution of the MLS through a weighted lottery.

    Taylor is the first player this year to be sidelined by injury for the rest of the season.

    Although the NYCFC controlled tempo for most of the game, they ended up on the short end of a 1-0 Portland Timbers win.