WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009
Tony Taylor secures berth for the US men’s soccer team into U-20 World Cup
Sophomore forward Tony Taylor (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) will get to wear the national colors a little bit longer as he tallied his first international goal to help the USA men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win over El Salvador to take the Pool A at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Bacolet, Tobago on March 10.

With the win, Team USA advances to the semifinals of the CONCACF Championships on Friday, but also secured a spot into the U-20 World Cup in Egypt later this summer.

Taylor added an insurance goal for Team USA less than five minutes before halftime by scoring on the inside far post on a pass from Peri Marosevic.

“This continues to be a great opportunity for Tony,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “He has had some chances to get into matches earlier in the tournament, but it hasn’t worked out. I’m glad he was able to come in and perform well in his first appearance. We look forward to many more good things out of Tony as the national team continues play.”

Despite not playing in the first two matches in pool play, Team USA earned a 3-0 win against Jamaica on March 6 and battled Honduras to a 0-0 tie to put them into position to win the Word Cup berth.

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 to prompt an invite to the final camp. The success got him invited to Team USA’s final tryout camp, where he continued to score en route to earning a spot on the team.

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