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One of MLS' most lethal scorers in league history and a former league most valuable player, Twellman has scored 101 goals in his eight-year career, good for fifth place in the MLS record books … is the youngest and fastest player in league history to reach the 100-goal plateau … enters 2010 having missed all but two games since the start of the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs after a devastating neck injury on Aug. 30, 2008 against Los Angeles … despite his injury, Twellman remains the league's premier penalty-area predator, combining a diverse arsenal of scoring abilities with fierce determination in front of the goal … has reached the 10-goal plateau in five of his eight professional seasons and the 15-goal mark four times … reached the 75-goal plateau faster than anyone in league history (26 yrs., 221 days) at the time - surpassing Jason Kreis (29 yrs., 168 days) - but that mark has since been surpassed by Landon Donovan (26 yrs., 110 days) … in the MLS career records, enters 2010 ranked fifth in career goals (101), fourth in career game-winning goals (28), sixth in multiple-goal games (15), tied for sixth in hat tricks (3), fourth in goals per game (0.58), tied for fifth in goals per 90 minutes (0.60) and seventh in shots (557) ... is tied for sixth on the MLS career postseason scoring chart with 10 goals, six of which have come in the last seven playoff games in which he's played dating back to 2006 … is a five-time MLS All-Star.
2009: Scored two goals in just two substitute appearances before being place on the Disabled List on June 26. Missed 28 games while suffering from severe whiplash symptoms and concussive symptoms stemming from a punch to the face while scoring a goal against Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2008. After rehabbing and missing the first nine games of the season, made his 2009 season debut against D.C. (May 30), marking his first appearance in more than seven months. Entered the United match in the 25th minute and with 65 minutes of action, became the fourth player in club history to play 15,000 minutes for the club. Was pulled down by Bryan Namoff in the box, drawing the penalty kick that Steve Ralston converted to win the game in the 90th minute. Entered as a halftime substitute against New York (June 7) and scored two goals in the 4-0 win - the 100th and 101st of his career. The historic 100th goal was set up by Shalrie Joseph, whose back-post cross was headed home by Twellman in the 57th minute. Earned MLS player of the week honors for Week 12 following the historic two-goal effort. Suffered a relapse of his symptoms following the New York game and did not appear in another match the rest of the season.
2008: Tied for the team lead in goal scoring (8) despite posting then career-lows in regular-season MLS appearances (16), starts (12), minutes (1,211) and goals because of a variety of injuries, which included a torn right medial meniscus, right ankle sprain, hip flexor injury and concussion. Overall, made 20 appearances, including regular season, SuperLiga, CONCACAF Champions League and U.S. Open Cup matches. In all competitions, he scored nine goals. His eight MLS goals tied him for the team lead with Steve Ralston. Missed the season opener against Houston (March 29) after experiencing discomfort in his right knee during warm-ups. The injury caused him to miss the Revs' first seven games after he underwent surgery to repair a tear in his right medial meniscus on April 2. Made his 2008 debut at Chivas USA (May 11), entering as a substitute to mark just his second substitute appearance since 2003 and his first since July 7, 2007. Scored the game-winning goal in the 59th minute from Steve Ralston's assist but sustained a right ankle sprain after back-to-back challenges by Shavar Thomas in the 63rd minute, but remained in the game. Missed the next seven matches (May 17 vs. San Jose through June 21 at Real Salt Lake) while rehabbing his ankle injury. Returned to the field and made his 2008 home debut against Toronto (June 28) as a substitute. Picked up a hip flexor injury in training in early July and missed almost a month of action, returning in the SuperLiga final on Aug. 5. Was limited to substitute action until Aug. 9 against Chicago, when he made his first start of the season and scored the Revs' only goal in the third minute. Had one goal and one assist against D.C. (Aug. 20) and struck in the 35th minute at Toronto (Aug. 23) as the Revs drew, 1-1. Against LA (Aug. 30), scored for the third straight match, heading in Khano Smith's cross in the 22nd minute and taking a knock to the face from Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin in the process. Finished playing the game, but needed five stitches after the game to close the wound. Also scored single goals against Chivas USA (Sept. 11) and Real Salt Lake (Oct. 4). Recorded his 99th career goal in the 2-1 loss at D.C. (Oct. 16). Made one substitute appearance in SuperLiga, entering the final against Houston (Aug. 5) in the second half before converting the third penalty kick in the 6-5 shootout victory. Started the Revs' first match in the CONCACAF Champions League against Joe Public FC, but missed the second game on Sept. 2 after his collision in the LA game (Aug. 30). Made two starts in the U.S. Open Cup, scoring one goal against Richmond (July 1). Missed both of the Revs' playoff matches against Chicago with concussion-related symptoms stemming from the LA game on Aug. 30 and several subsequent matches. It marked the second time in his career he missed the playoffs because of injury (2003, broken foot).
2007: Appeared in 26 games with 25 starts, missing four games - three while on U.S. National Team duty at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2007 Copa America and one with an injury. Scored 16 goals in 2007, the third-highest total in the league, and added three assists. Had three multiple-goal games: April 14 vs. Toronto, May 13 at Los Angeles and Sept. 22 at New York. Five of his 16 goals were game-winners, tying him for second in the league in that category. Before leaving for National Team duty in June, played every minute of every game in which he was available. Made his first substitute appearance since 2003 when he entered the July 7 game against Chivas USA in the 56th minute, having returned to the Revs late the prior evening from Copa America in Venezuela. Scored two goals - including the game-winner in the 90th minute - of the Revs' 4-2 victory over Rochester in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on July 10. All three of his assists came in three straight games - July 22 vs. Houston, July 28 at RSL and Aug. 2 vs. KC - and all on Pat Noonan goals. Scored his 12th career goal against D.C. on Sept. 9, winning MLS Sierra Mist Goal of the Week for his volley strike. Also won the goal-of-the-week contest in Week 4 with his game-winning goal at Dallas. Had a two-goal effort at New York on Sept. 22 before leaving the game with an injury in stoppage time. Missed the Colorado game on Sept. 29 while still recovering from the injury. Scored the go-ahead goal in the championship game of the U.S. Open Cup at FC Dallas on Oct. 3, his team-best fourth goal of the team's four-game championship run. Closed out the regular season with a goal at Toronto on Oct. 20. Started and played all 90 minutes in each of the Revs' four games in their run to the title game of MLS Cup 2007. Had three goals in the postseason - the game-winning goals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against New York on Nov. 3 and against Chicago in the Eastern Conference Championship on Nov. 8. His goal against the Fire scored ESPN's SportsCenter's "Play of the Day" with his overhead, bicycle kick that sent the Revs on to their third consecutive MLS Cup appearance. Also struck for the game's first goal at MLS Cup 2007, heading in a Steve Ralston cross past Pat Onstad in the 20th minute at RFK Stadium.
2006: Led the Revs in goal scoring for the fourth time in his five-year career, netting a team-best 11 goals. Scored his 75th career goal at D.C. on Oct. 7, a goal that was also the game-winning goal in the Revs' 2-1 victory at RFK Stadium. Was one of six MLS players to start all 32 games, and ranked fourth in MLS in minutes played - 2,856 - setting a new personal single-season best. Was second in MLS in shots (86) and shots on goal (42), while ranking ninth in fouls suffered (60). An MLS All-Star selection, although he was unable to play in the game because of the Revs' rescheduled game at Chivas USA. Twice scored goals in three straight games during the regular season (April 30 vs. Chicago through May 13 vs. Chivas USA and again June 28 vs. Dallas through July 4 at Colorado), and then again in the playoffs. Notched a goal against Chicago in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series to pull the Revs within one goal on aggregate, and after Pat Noonan knotted the series on aggregate later to send the series to a decisive penalty-kick round, Twellman scored the series-clinching penalty kick in the fourth round. Scored a highlight-reel goal - also the game-winning goal - at D.C. in the Eastern Conference Championship to send the Revs to MLS Cup 2006. Netted a goal in the 113th minute against Houston in MLS Cup 2006 - the Revs' first-ever goal in the league's championship game - and later scored in the penalty-kick round. After scoring goals in the Revs' final three playoff games, Twellman was named to Soccer America's 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs Best XI. Spent much of preseason training and the early season going back and forth between the Revolution and U.S. National Team camps and friendlies.
2005: Voted MLS Honda MVP and won MLS' Budweiser Golden Boot, while making his second appearance on the end-of-season MLS RadioShack Best XI. An MLS All-Star for the third time in his career, and earned All-Star Game MVP honors after scoring one goal against EPL side Fulham FC. Scored two hat tricks in 2005 - against Dallas on July 16 and against Columbus on Sept. 10 - setting the club record for career three-goal games (3). On April 27 at Soldier Field against the Chicago Fire, Twellman scored his 50th career regular-season goal in a Revolution uniform, making him the first Revs player to reach that milestone. Led MLS in shots on goal (51). Went eight consecutive games with a goal and/or an assist between Aug. 6 and Sept. 24, the longest such streak in MLS in 2005. Earned MLS Player of the Month honors for September, scoring five goals and adding one assist in four games played. Was second in MLS in game-winning goals with six. Was voted the Midnight Riders' Man of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award three times.
2004: Fought through injuries to appear in 23 games. Emerged from a scoring slump early in the season to finish second on the Revs in goals with nine. Added two vital goals for the Revs in the playoffs: one goal against Columbus in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and the first of the Revs' three game-tying goals against D.C. in the Eastern Conference Final. Led MLS in shots on goal (39).
2003: Led MLS in points per game (1.55) and goals per game (0.68) and tied Carlos Ruiz atop the goal-scoring chart with 15 goals. Tied for third in MLS in points (34). Voted Revolution Team MVP. Missed games because of sinusitis, walking pneumonia and multiple broken bones in his face. His season came to an end when he broke his left foot at Dallas on Oct. 4, a game in which he scored two goals. Missed all of the 2003 MLS Cup Playoffs with the broken foot. Was voted the Midnight Riders' Man of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons.
2002: Runner-up for league MVP and was a RadioShack Best XI selection. The first MLS scoring champion in Revs history, tallying 52 points on 23 goals and six assists. Was voted the Revolution Most Valuable Player as he helped lead the Revs to their first-ever MLS Cup appearance, a 1-0, overtime loss to Los Angeles at Gillette Stadium. Had five multiple-goal games, and netted five game-winning goals. Was awarded the Nickelodeon GAS Play of the Year for his bicycle kick goal against the Kansas City Wizards on June 22. Started all six of the Revs' MLS Cup Playoff games in which he appeared. Had two tallies in the playoffs, and was second on the team in postseason points to Brian Kamler (six). Both of his goals came against Chicago in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (Game 1 and Game 3). Was voted the Midnight Riders' Man of the Year.
BEFORE MLS: Played two seasons with TSV 1860 Munich in Germany … in 2001, he declined a two-year option with the club and entered the 2002 MLS SuperDraft ... appeared in more than 40 games for the club's reserve side, including qualifying games for the German Cup.
COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Maryland (1998-99) before signing a professional contract in Germany … scored 28 career goals and added 17 assists for 73 career points in 43 games with the Terrapins … left the Maryland program ranked 10th in career goals, sixth in career assists and seventh in career points after only two seasons … was Soccer America's National Freshman of the Year in 1998 after earning a spot on the publication's All-Freshman Team … was an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore, and was a two-time NSCAA All-South Atlantic and two-time All-ACC performer.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM: Has earned 30 caps and scored six goals for the U.S. National Team as of January 1, 2010 … accumulated 10 caps with one goal in 2007, while playing in both the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America in Venezuela … made appearances in all six games at the Gold Cup, scoring one goal and assisting on Clint Dempsey's game-winner against Guatemala (June 7) … an alternate selection to the U.S.' 2006 FIFA World Cup squad … tied with former Revs teammate Clint Dempsey as the USMNT's leading goal scorer in 2006 … scored a hat trick in the USMNT's 5-0 win over Norway on Jan. 29, 2006, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the ninth hat trick all-time for the U.S. … was named ESPN2's Man of the Match after scoring the game-winning goal and providing two assists in a 3-2 U.S. National Team victory over Japan on Feb. 10, 2006, at SBC Park in San Francisco … scored his first international goal on Oct. 12, 2005, at Gillette Stadium in the U.S.' 2-0 victory over Panama in its final match of the qualifying cycle for the 2006 FIFA World Cup … is a former member of the Under-20 program, and won the Bronze Boot at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.
PERSONAL: Is the oldest of son of Tim and Moochie Twellman … his brother James was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round (42nd overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft ... his sister Alex was a standout soccer player for St. Louis University ... his father, Tim, played professionally for the Minnesota Kicks, Tulsa Roughnecks and the Chicago Sting (NASL) ... his uncle, Steve Twellman, also played in the original NASL, including the 1974 season with the Boston Minutemen, while another uncle, Mike, played for the NASL Chicago Sting ... his grandfather Jim Delsing played 10 seasons of Major League Baseball (and 17 seasons of professional baseball overall), and his uncle Jay Delsing is a member of the PGA Tour ... Twellman was offered a professional baseball contract by the Kansas City Royals but opted for a soccer career instead ... his favorite actor is Kiefer Sutherland ... his favorite soccer memory is playing high school soccer and baseball with his brother ... attended Maryland on a baseball scholarship … his 2007 bicycle kick against Chicago in the Eastern Conference Final was named one of ESPN’s SportsCenter’s “Images of the Decade” … featured in the November 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the 51 hottest bachelors in the U.S. ... served as a guest color analyst on the Revolution’s radio broadcast of the 0-0 draw with Chicago (Oct. 17) … in 2009, established a charitable program in conjunction with Children’s Hospital Boston that invites patients from the hospital and their families and friends to Revolution games, where they are treated to pregame warm-ups from the field, watch the game from a luxury box, have a meet and greet with Twellman and receive hospitality and a goodie bag from Twellman and the Revolution.