MONDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2009
Tony Taylor invited to final USA U-20 men’s soccer national team camp
Sophomore forward Tony Taylor (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) will get one final chance to earn his red, white and blue stripes as he was invited to the final USA U-20 men’s soccer national team camp starting on Wednesday.

Taylor is one of 24 athletes (five forwards) that will head to the IMG Academy in Orlando, Fla. until Feb. 15 to battle for one of the remaining spots on the national team for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Macoya, Trinidad and Bacolet, Tobago from March 6-15. The CONCACF U-20 Championship is a qualifying tournament for the U-20 World Cup, which will take place in Egypt this summer.

Taylor recently moonlighted less than two weeks ago with the USA U-20 men’s nation team on its trip to Trinidad & Tobago. Despite not having played in a game since November, Taylor scored a goal in both exhibitions prompting an invite to the final camp.

“I spoke with USA head coach Thomas Rongen and he was really impressed with Tony,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “As a forward, you are expected to produce goals and Tony put himself in a great position by scoring twice in their exhibitions. If he can reenact the same results, I believe he will make the squad.”

Taylor returned to his hometown Dolphins for the 2008 season after spending his freshman campaign at USF.

Despite playing in only 13 matches due to injury, Taylor managed to rank second in goals (six) and points (16) to earn second team all-conference honors and help the Dolphins win the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship. He also scored a goal and recorded an assist in JU’s 4-3 overtime win over Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.