Watch: Newcastle legend scores first MLS goal in home debut
By Will Butcher
Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has found the back of the net for the first time after joining MLS outfit Portland Timbers.
The 30-year-old signed for the Timbers at the start of the month, and has made two appearances for Caleb Porter’s side after his St. James’ Park contract expired.
The official MLS Twitter account tweeted a video of the goal, after Taylor headed home a Diego Valeri free-kick during the Timbers 4-2 win over Seattle Sounders.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 28, 2016
Taylor, who played for Newcastle for 13 years after making his debut in 2003, has formed a centre-back partnership with former Aston Villa and Fulham defender Liam Ridgewell.
Boyhood Newcastle fan Taylor joined the Tyneside club as a nine-year-old and he went on to make 267 first-team appearances for the club over a 13-year period.
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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.
Taylor, who has an international cap with England’s B-team, is one of 15 players to leave the Toon this summer as manager Rafa Benitez continues his Tyneside revolution.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this striker could be the 16th player to leave to La Liga side Osasuna.