New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman, the club’s all time leading scorer, announced his retirement from the pro game today as expected, more than two years after his brutal collision with Steve Cronin in a 2-2 tie with the Galaxy in August 2008.
Twellman, 30, scored the game’s first goal and Cronin broke a finger, but Twellman was never the same player because of lingering medical issues. Twellman played just twice in the last two seasons and never stepped on the field at all in 2010.
I was told this weekend by press box colleague that Twellman suffers from triple vision – can you imagine?
“It’s unfortunate to lose your career to an injury. It’s not a choice,” the five-time MLS all-star and former MVP said. “When you’re told that if you want to live your life and be healthy then soccer needs to stop, the decision’s made for me.”
Here’s the YouTube video:
Twellman was a brave, uncompromising forward in the vein of Brian McBride. The 2005 MLS Most Valuable Player scored 101 career goals in 174 career appearances since joining MLS in 2002. Twellman also earned 30 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team between 2002 and 2008.
“Taylor was a worthy Bronze Boot winner at the U-20 World Championships in 1999,” said Sigi Schmid, then the U.S. coach. “He is a rare American soccer player who was a tremendous finisher of chances. The game will miss him. He will be hard to replace; he was a goal scorer and those are few and far between.”