OUTLOOK: Calm, experienced defender who is an anchor at center back and remains a fixture for Jamaica national team (77 caps).
2014: Appeared in 26 games (25 starts) in all competitions, including 24 MLS regular-season games ... MLS: Appeared in 24 games (23 starts), marking third consecutive season with 23+ starts ... Missed four games (9/6-9/28) due to concussion ... Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week (Week 23) after 2-0 win over Philadelphia on 8/15.
2013 MLS: Appeared in 30 games (30 starts) across all competitions … MLS: Missed final regular season game at D.C. United on 10/27 and entire postseason after surgery to repair a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot … Missed game vs. Sporting Kansas City on 10/9 due to international call up for Jamaica national team ... Assisted on Ricardo Clark's goal in 1-0 win vs. the Philadelphia Union on 7/6 ... Made first start at left back of 2013 season in 1-0 win vs. the Philadelphia Union on 7/6 ... Returned from shoulder injury in 2-0 loss at Montreal Impact on 6/19 ... Left game with shoulder injury vs. New England Revolution on 5/18 ... Earned first red card in Dynamo career for a challenge on Robert Earnshaw at Toronto FC on 4/20 ... MLS Team of the Week (Week 5) after performance in 2-0 win against San Jose Earthquakes on 3/30 … PLAYOFFS: Missed entire postseason after surgery on his left foot to repair a Jones fracture of fifth metatarsal … 13-14 CCL: Started in two of the group stage games ... Missed the final game of the group stage against Arabe Unido on 10/25 due to foot injury... 12-13 CCL: Started both legs of quarterfinal series against Santos Laguna … U.S. Open Cup: Did not feature. Reserves: Did not feature.
2012 MLS: Started 16 of club's final 19 regular season games ... Started at all three defensive positions (RB, CB, LB) ... Scored first MLS goal vs. New York in 2-0 win on 8/3; pushed home a loose ball on a free kick in the 2nd minute... Missed game at Toronto on 7/28 for personal matters ... Named to MLS Team of the Week (Week 18) for his performance at Kansas City on 7/7 ... Starter at center back since 6/30 vs. Philadelphia ... Started and played 90 minutes at right back in 2-1 win vs. Dallas on 6/16 ... Missed 3-1 loss at Vancouver on 6/10 due to international duty with Jamaica ... Started and played full time in eight consecutive matches from 4/15-5/26 at right back, left back and center back ... Recorded first assist of season with excellent cross from flank on Will Bruin’s first goal at D.C. on Apr. 28 ... Played 90 minutes at left back in 1-0 win at San Jose on 3/17 ... Entered as substitute at right back for second half of 2-0 loss at Seattle Sounders on 3/23 ... 2012 Playoffs: Started four games, including MLS Cup final vs. LA Galaxy ... Left 2-0 win on Nov. 4 vs. SKC in 55th minute with left knee injury ... 2012-13 CCL: Appeared in one game, playing 90 minutes in 1-1 draw at Olimpia on Aug. 30 ...U.S. Open Cup: Did not appear ...Reserves: Played 90 minutes in 1-0 win vs. Colorado on 3/13 ... Started and played 90 minutes in 1-0 win at FC Dallas on 4/10 ... Other: Played 90 minutes in 2-1 loss to Valencia CF inBBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup on 5/31.
2011 MLS: Made 12 appearances, 10 of them starts, and notched one assist despite missing time due to injury and national team duty ... Opening Day starter at center back in his Dynamo debut on 3/19 ... Injured while on national team duty with Jamaica did not return to the lineup until starting in 2-2 tie vs. FCD on 5/28 ... Returned from CONCACAF Gold Cup and went back into the starting lineup in 2-2 tie at DC on 6/25 ... Helped lead defense to consecutive shutouts on 7/3 at COL and 7/9 vs. TFC ... Left match vs. KC on 7/16 due to injury but returned at CHV on 7/23 ... Made first sub appearance in second half of 1-1 tie at PHI on 8/6 ... Also appeared for final 10 minutes of 2-1 win vs. POR on 8/14 ... Played 90 minutes at left back in 1-1 tie at NE on 8/17 ... Started at center back in 3-0 loss at KC on 9/10 ... Moved to right back and delivered strong performance that included cross to Je-Vaughn Watson for an assist in 2-2 tie at CLB on 9/14 ... Playoffs: Made key contribution as substitute in 2-0 win at KC on 11/6 in Eastern Conference championship game ... Stepped in to make playoff debut at left back when Brad Davis was injured and headed free kick on goal to lead to Andre Hainault's opening goal ... Started and played all 90 minutes at left back in MLS Cup final at LA on 11/20 ... Open Cup: Did not appear ... Reserves: Played in five Dynamo Reserves matches, four of which resulted in shutouts ... Made first Dynamo appearance since 3/19 due to injury in Reserve League match on 5/14 and played 90 minutes at center back as part of shutout defense in 1-0 win at RSL ... Also played 90 minutes at center back in 1-0 win vs. RSL on 8/21 ... Appeared in 2-0 loss at FCD on 9/25 ... Played first half of 3-0 win vs. CHI on 10/1 ... Anchored back line in 2-0 win at KC on 10/18.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Has played professionally in native Jamaica since making debut at age of 19 in 2004 … Played youth soccer for St. George’s Sports Club in Eastern Jamaica, then made professional debut with Harbour View in 2004, playing alongside Dynamo teammate Lovel Palmer, before moving back to St. George’s at the professional level in 2009.
INTERNATIONAL: Jamaica international (77 caps) … 2014: Started all four matches as Jamaica won 2014 Caribbean Cup ... Converted penalty kick in 4-3 shootout win over Trinidad & Tobago in Caribbean Cup Final on 11/18 after 0-0 draw through extra time ... Played 90 minutes in 1-0 friendly loss at Japan on 10/14 2013: Called up for two World Cup qualifiers on 10/11 at USA and 10/15 vs. Honduras, but did not feature ... Played 90 minutes in 0-0 draw at Mexico on 2/6 in opening game of final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying ... 2012: Played 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Guatemala on 10/12 and 4-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda on 10/16 ... Played 90 minutes in 2-1 WC qualifier win over USA on 9/7 and 1-0 loss to USA on 9/11 ... Played 90 minutes in 2-0 friendly win over El Salvador (8/15) ... Called up for World Cup qualifiers in June but did not appear in a match ... Started but was ejected after only 37 minutes because of two yellow cards in a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica on 3/21 ... Started and played 90 minutes for Jamaica in 3-2 friendly win over New Zealand on Feb. 28 ... 2011: Started for Jamaica in friendly vs. Venezuela on 3/25 but left due to injury that sidelined him for several weeks ... Named to Jamaican roster for 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup ... Played 90 minutes at center back in group stage wins vs. Grenada, Guatemala, and Honduras ... Controversially ejected from quarterfinal loss against U.S. ... Returned to Jamaica squad and played 90 minutes in 2-0 loss vs. Colombia on 9/6 ... Played 90 minutes in 2-1 loss at Honduras on 10/11 ... 2010: … Appeared in 13 international games, highlighted by leading squad to second consecutive Caribbean Cup title in December, playing on the same team with Dynamo teammate Lovel Palmer … Played all 510 minutes as a central defender in nine-day span, and Jamaica allowed only three goals in five games … 2009: After multi-month absence from national team, appeared in three friendlies vs. Ecuador, at St. Kitts & Nevis, and at South Africa … 2008: Appeared in 10 total games, including starts in five of Jamaica’s eight World Cup qualifiers … Helped Jamaica to 13-0 aggregate win over Bahamas in home-and-home series in June … Also appeared in semifinal group stage qualifiers at Canada on 8/20, at Mexico on 9/6, and at Honduras on 9/10 … 2007: Played in two friendlies in March, a loss to Switzerland and a tie vs. Panama … 2006: Appeared in 6-0 friendly loss at England at Old Trafford in send-off match on 6/3 … Started two matches in group stage of Caribbean Cup qualifying … Jamaica beat St. Lucia 4-0 and Haiti 2-0 with Taylor in the lineup, but 2-1 loss to St. Vincent and the Grenadines without Taylor caused premature exit … 2005: Made international debut in final round of 2005 Caribbean Cup and continued in senior squad at 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup … Played in Gold Cup matches against South Africa, Mexico (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium), and the United States in the quarterfinals … Youth: Captained Jamaica U-20 national team to Caribbean U-20 title in 2005 and to final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Youth Championships.
PERSONAL: Younger brother Ricardo Taylor plays for St. George’s SC in Jamaica, and cousin Fabian Taylor scored five goals for the MetroStars in 2004.