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Jodie Taylor

Jodie Taylor
Full nameJodie Lee Taylor[1]
Date of birth (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 34)
Place of birthBirkenhead, England
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Playing positionForward
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Youth career
2004–2007Oregon State Beavers
Senior career*
2002–2004Tranmere Rovers
2006Boston Renegades8(4)
2007–2008Ottawa Fury Women16(17)
2009Pali Blues3(3)
2010–2012Melbourne Victory21(12)
2011–2013Birmingham City11(8)
2011Lincoln Ladies (loan)6(2)
2013Göteborg (loan)10(10)
2013–2014Sydney FC12(11)
2014Washington Spirit22(11)
2015–Portland Thorns FC
National team
Teams managed
2009Fresno State Bulldogs (assistant)

Jodie Lee Taylor (born 17 May 1986) is an English football striker who currently plays for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She began her club career with local team Tranmere Rovers and had short spells in her home country with Birmingham City and Lincoln Ladies. She has also played in Australia for Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC as well for as Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. Taylor represented England at youth level before making her senior international debut in 2014.

Early life

Born in Birkenhead, United Kingdom, Taylor made her first team debut for Tranmere Rovers in February 2002, at the age of 15, during a prolific season in youth football. That term she scored 109 goals across 125 games for Oldershaw School, Merseyside Under–16s and Tranmere's reserve team. She then scored in the first team's 5–1 win over Wolves in the FA Women's Cup fifth round.[3]

When Tranmere were relegated in 2004 Taylor accepted a four-year scholarship to Oregon State University. She had scored 29 goals in 38 first team appearances for Tranmere, despite missing six months of action with a broken leg.[4]

Club career

Taylor played in Australia for Melbourne Victory.[5]

In January 2013, Taylor left Birmingham City for a one–year loan to Damallsvenskan team Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC.[6] She scored ten goals in ten games for Göteborg but left during the summer break, returning to England for personal reasons.[7]

In December 2013, she signed with the Washington Spirit for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League season.[8]

File:Scott, Thunebro, Taylor (cropped).jpg
Taylor (right) in August 2014

On January 16, 2015 the Portland Thorns acquired Taylor in a trade with the Washington Spirit in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick (No. 13 overall) and two second-round picks in 2016.[9]

International career

Newly appointed England coach Mark Sampson included Taylor in a 30-player squad for the annual training camp in La Manga, which included a match against Norway on 17 January 2014.[10] She withdrew from the squad due to club commitments and was replaced by Isobel Christiansen.[11]

In August 2014 Taylor made her debut in England's 4–0 friendly win over Sweden at Victoria Park in Hartlepool.[12] She scored what would have been her first international goal in a friendly against the USA on 14 February 2015, only for it to be wrongly ruled out for offside.[13]

On March 6, 2015 at the 2015 Cyprus Cup, Taylor scored a hat trick for England in their 3–0 group win against Australia. The win gave them a place in the finals.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "List of Players - England" (PDF). FIFA. 28 May 2015. p. 10. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  2. ^ 2015 World Cup
  3. ^ Hornby, Mike (14 February 2002). "Hat-trick heaven for Jodie; Players 109 goals on 125 games". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jodie to follow the Oregon trail". Women's Soccer Scene. 30 May 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Player profile – Jodie Taylor". Melbourne Victory FC. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jodie Taylor goes to Göteborg". She Kicks (magazine). 31 January 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Nilsson, Eric (10 August 2013). "Jag har fått offra alldeles för mycket" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jodie Taylor joins the Spirit for 2014 NWSL season & earns England National Team Call up". Washington Spirit. December 18, 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Portland Thorns FC acquire Jodie Taylor from Washington Spirit through trade at NWSL draft". Portland Thorns. January 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lianne Sanderson recalled to England training squad". British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Christiansen called up". She Kicks (magazine). 6 January 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Leighton, Tony (3 August 2014). "England Women thrash Sweden 4-0 in friendly at Hartlepool". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "England women 0-1 USA women". British Broadcasting Corporation. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Leighton, Tony (6 March 2015). "England women: Jodie Taylor sinks Australia in Cyprus Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 

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