Turns Out That This Was Another Great Call From Rafa

As reported by the Chronicle, Steven Taylor will quit Portland Timbers in January.

The former Newcastle star moved to America in the summer, hoping to re-energise his career, after it became apparent that his best years were behind him in the English game.

However, Taylor now wants to move back to Europe.

When asked about his time in America, Taylor said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Portland Timbers for an unforgettable few months on and off the field.

“Firstly, I’ve got to thank Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson for giving me the opportunity to represent such a fantastic club as well as Caleb Porter, my team-mates and all the staff. Caleb is a top-class coach and I loved playing for him.



“There’s a great locker room at the club and the players made me feel at home from day one. The backroom team have also been brilliant with me.

“I’ve never felt fitter. I didn’t miss a day’s training and I loved coming to work every day.

“Also, I want to thank the Timbers Army for their support on the pitch and in the city.

“They were so welcoming and so supportive. I loved playing for them. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Portland, and the club, the people and city couldn’t have done more for me.

“I was proud to pull on the jersey and represent the club, especially in such a special place to play like Providence Park. While I will be returning to the other side of the Atlantic, I wish the Timbers and their supporters all the best as I continue following them and supporting them from afar.”