MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
Tony Taylor secures spot on USA U-20 men’s soccer national team
After two separate tryouts, sophomore forward Tony Taylor (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) secured a spot on the USA U-20 men’s soccer national team for the summer.

Taylor leaves Wednesday with Team USA to train for a week in South Florida as the squad prepares 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 first hooked up with the national team on its trip to Trinidad & Tobago back in January. Despite not having played in a game since November, Taylor scored a goal in both exhibitions prompting an invite to the final camp. The success got him in invited to Team USA final tryout camp, where he continued to score en route to earning a spot on the team.

“We are proud of Tony,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “He has done well for us this year and I am happy he is getting this opportunity. Tony is fully healthy now so I look forward to him putting up some good numbers for Team USA.”

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 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.

Fans can watch the USA’s qualifying matches live on through Goal.TV starting March 6 or get the latest on the team by logging onto usscoccer.com.