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Taylor Twellman, sidelined with concussion issues, to announce end of playing career

New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman will announce Wednesday that he is ending his quest to return from concussion-related issues, sources close to the situation told the Insider. He has scheduled a news conference at Gillette Stadium to discuss his future. The decision to end his playing career was first reported on the Insider's Twitter page this morning.

Twellman, 30, did not play this season and made just two appearances in 2009. He starred for two seasons at the University of Maryland before turning pro and signing with 1860 Munich, where he played for the reserves. In 2002, his first season in MLS, he had 23 goals in 28 league appearances. Over the next five seasons, he averaged 13.6 goals in league play.

At his peak, was there a truer pure scorer in MLS? Raul Diaz Arce and Carlos Ruiz would make the short list, but no one can match Twellman's strike rate: 101 goals in 174 regular season matches. He is sixth on the all-time scoring chart, and everyone ahead of him needed far more appearances to compile their totals.

Jaime Moreno: 133 in 340 games
Jeff Cunningham: 132 in 344
Ante Razov: 114 in 262
Jason Kreis: 108 in 305
Landon Donovan: 103 in 232

Of note: Only three of Twellman's goals were on penalty kicks (Moreno had 44, Donovan has 22); he was 3 for 3 in 2002, 0 for 1 in '03 and 0 for 1 in '04. ... He had 10 goals in 21 playoff matches and six in 30 U.S. national team appearances (16 starts). In January 2006, he had a hat trick against Norway.

By Steve Goff  | November 2, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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Wow that is too bad for Twellman, and for MLS.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 2, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

A couple of years ago I was sure that Twellman would smash Jaime's record. Too bad his MLS exploits didn't translate to the USMNT. Having said that, he had an outstanding career. Like McBride, he was never afraid to stick his head in danger to get to the ball. MLS/New England did him wrong when they blocked PNE's transfer request. I hope they give him the recognition he deserves.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 2, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Great, great player. Did a bicycle kick goal in a MLS final that was tremendous.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 2, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Twellman was the great American striker and I think he could have been a real contributor to MNT if given the time/chances that others like, Davies, Findley and Altidore got.

Completely agree with you exit1, the PNE thing was a bad move by MLS. Good Players have to ask themselves--why play here at all if the barriers to moving abroad are so high?!

Posted by: lovinliberty | November 2, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

A striker whom we loved to detest, despite his skills, because he played with Matt Reis and co. Sad end.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | November 2, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

And he never got to play in Europe...

Posted by: Reignking | November 2, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I was going to mention that bike GeneWells brought up. One of the best, most memorable, and most meaningful (even if they did in up losing) in the history of MLS, if one were to ask me.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 2, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The goal. Actually, it sent NE to the final:

Posted by: dccal | November 2, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Dangerous play...
Slightly ironic, but I mean Twellman no ill will. He was a competitor, and I have actually mostly enjoyed what he brings to the commentators box in the coverage he's been a part of this year.
Bummer dude. It's always a shame seeing talented people's athletic careers cut short by injury, and wondering what could have been.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Twellman now joins Gros, Esky and Namoff on the concussion sidelines. I'm sure they're more and what's truly sad from a fan's standpoint is that those guys would form the nucleus of a damn good team.

Posted by: griffin1108 | November 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The guy epitomized fearlessness, and that quality actually ended his career, on the wrong end of a keeper's fist. And he scored on the play . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | November 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Twellman now joins Gros, Esky and Namoff on the concussion sidelines. I'm sure they're more and what's truly sad from a fan's standpoint is that those guys would form the nucleus of a damn good team.

Posted by: griffin1108 | November 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

And all should still be playing the game.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | November 2, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Twellman was wronged by the Revolution, wronged by the MNT.

I still remember a goal he scored against DCU maybe 6, 7 years ago. Ralston hits a 35 yard diagonal ball from the right to Twellman, a bit outside the box on the left. Twellman's first touch nutmegs Pridoux (not a bad defender), and his second touch goes upper right corner. I was stunned.

Twellman should have had his chance in Europe, and for the US, if not in the final squad in 2006, at least in several more games. He will go down in US soccer history as the greatest "might have been."

Posted by: tgrahame1 | November 2, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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