By Tom Blackburn

Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor made the worst possible start to his career at new club Portland Timbers.

Playing for their reserve team against LA Galaxy II, the 30-year-old scored an own goal after just nine minutes to give the opposition a 1-0 lead.

The defender remained on the pitch for an hour as Galaxy built a 3-0 lead, before his new team-mates won the game 4-3 with him watching from the sidelines.

Boyhood Newcastle fan Taylor joined the Tyneside club as a nine-year-old and he went on to make 268 first-team appearances over a 13-year period, becoming a firm favourite of the fans because of his connections to the club.

He decided to leave the north east club last month after his contract expired, although the centre-back revealed that he was offered a pay-as-you-play contract extension by the Championship club.

The centre-back scored 15 goals during his time at St James Park, but injuries marred the latter part of his Newcastle career.

A versatile defender, Taylor was out for up to seven months last season before returning in February as he was unable to prevent the club from getting relegated to the second-tier of English football.

In other Newcastle news, a French attacker says he was treated unfairly by a Magpies manager and that whatever he did was never enough.