Alejandro Antonio Taylor JR, most commonly know as Tony Taylor, was born on July 13th, 1989 in Long Beach, California. He is the second oldest of three children of Panamanian parents, Mara Taylor and Alejandro Augusto Taylor. His father was a member of the United States Navy and retired a Master chief. Throughout his childhood, Tony’s family relocated regularly as part of his father’s military career. This gave him the opportunity to experience new places, people and challenges.
At only ten months old, Tony was introduced to soccer by his father when he bought him his first soccer ball and goal. It was that day that Tony’s love for the game began. In 1992, his father was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia where Tony’s family moved to Virginia Beach. At the age of four, Tony played youth soccer in Virginia Beach. A few years later, Alejandro Augusto Taylor was on a new duty station in Jacksonville, Florida, where the whole family relocated. At six years-old, Tony Taylor played soccer for the youth teams in the Greater Arlington area. He then played for the youth teams of Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club and Genesis Soccer Club during the ages of nine to twelve. Tony was eager to learn, develop and increase his techniques as a young soccer player. His talent and passion for the game were quickly noticed by the Jacksonville community and coaches. Reiteratively, a new military duty station for his father was scheduled where Taylor and his family moved back to Virginia. He finished middle school and began freshman year of High School. Tony Taylor continued to perfect the game, where he played for Virginia Beach Middle School, Ocean Lakes High School, the Virginia Beach FC soccer Club and Virginia Rush.
In 2003, Tony’s father was stationed back to Jacksonville, Florida with his family. He attended Bishop Kenny High School where he played for the soccer team and also played club soccer with JYS Soccer Club and later the Jacksonville Jaguars Soccer Club.
From 2002 to 2005, Taylor participated in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) representing Virginia, Florida State Teams, and Region I and III ODP Teams. This gave him the opportunity to participate in tournaments and camps across the United States and abroad; such as, Spain, Italy and Mexico. In 2004, Tony was recognized for his dedication and hard work. He won the Golden Boot Award with the Region III ODP Team as part of the 22nd U15 International Tournament Coppa dell’Amiciza held in Torino and Milan, Italy competing along Inter Milan, Torino, Juventus, and Bayern Leverkusen.
In 2006, Tony attended the Adidas ESP Camp, which is designed for the nation’s top 150 male high school soccer players. A highly-decorated high school player, he was named Rookie of the Year his freshman year, MVP in his sophomore campaign and was all-district his junior year. In his senior year, he was the team’s captain and MVP, while also garnering a state all-star team selection. After high school he played some matches with PDL side Central Florida Kraze and was named a finalist for U19 Player of the year after recording ten goals and five assists in seven games. After that he was recruited by University of South Florida Bulls in 2007. He helped his team qualify for the NCAA tournament falling to University of Connecticut in the round of 16. In 2008 he transferred to Jacksonville University. He helped JU win the Atlantic Sun conference championship and qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time in JU’s history helping to defeat Louisville in the first round 4-3 with a goal and an assist.
On September 2009 Tony signed with Brazilian company Traffic Sports and was loaned to GD Estoril Praia of the Portuguese Second Division. He spent three seasons at Estoril and also a half season loan to Atletico Club de Portugal. After his loan stint he was called back to Estoril for the second half of the season and helped the team to win the second division Liga Orangina and gain promotion to the Portuguese First Division Liga Sagres. After playing one season in the Portuguese top flight playing against power houses such as Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, and FC Porto he transferred to Cypriot first division club Omonoia Nicosia.There he spent one season and participated in the UEFA Europa League starting all of his teams 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League appearances. On August 18, 2014 he was acquired by Major League Soccer side New England Revolution through a weighted lottery. He was part of the side that won the 2014 Eastern Conference Championship and made it to the MLS Cup Final losing to LA Galaxy 2-1. On December 2014 he was the 5th pick of New York City Football Club in the MLS expansion draft. He scored the second goal in NYCFC History in an exhibition match vs. St. Mirren in Manchester, England, the first being scored by David Villa. On April 19, 2014 in Tony’s first start for NYCFC for the 2015 regular season he suffered a season ending acl and lcl injury. He worked very hard on his rehabilitation and recovery and was able to return to full play again on January 2016. Under new coach Patrick Vieira, he started the first game of the season on March 8 against Chicago Fire. He scored a goal on his first official game back after injury in a 4-3 win. He played an important role in NYCFC’s successful second season helping the team to qualify for the MLS playoffs for the first time in club history. On January 31, 2017 he signed with Portuguese first division side Paços de Ferreira.
On July 28th, 2017, 28-year-old striker returned to his hometown of Jacksonville when the Jacksonville Armada FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced the signing of Alejandro Antonio “Tony” Taylor Jr. Tony recorded three goals and two assists in 12 contests. Unfortunately, soon after his arrival, the League folded and announced that it will not have a 2018 season.
In February 2018, the Ottawa Fury FC of the United Soccer League (USL) signed the striker Tony Taylor. He had a stand out season finishing the clubs top goal scorer and contributing to the clubs best season to date in the USL.
Tony was a member of the United States U20 World Cup squad participating in the 2009 U20 World Cup in Egypt. He was also a member of the United States U23 Olympic Qualifying squad. On September 25, 2016 he was called up to the Panamanian national team for a friendly against Mexico on October 11, 2016. He would later make his debut against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on November 15, 2016.
"Never give up on your dreams. No matter what other people say or think always believe in yourself and never let others opinions determine your worth. "
"Every morning when I wake up I thank God for the new day and all I am blessed with. I ask the Lord to take my life into His hands and to use me for His glory."
"Always stand for what is right, even if you have to stand alone."
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
"Always put in the work. If you are consistent and put in the work everyday you will see results."
"Practice the same way you play in games to develop good habits. Always seek perfection."
"Your mind is very powerful. Who you believe you are in your mind is who you will become. Think positively and remove all negativity out of your mind and your life will change. "
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."