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Steven Taylor has shocking debut for Portland Timbers reserve team

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There are bad debuts and then there are bad debuts.

Steven Taylor may just have had a debut so incredibly terrible, that it could even serve to rival Jonathan Woodgate’s Real Madrid bow.

The ex-Newcastle stalwart became the latest Premier League star to make an MLS switch by sealing a move to Portland Timbers. However, Taylor hasn’t exactly made the best first impression.

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US move

Taylor leaving Newcastle seemed an impossible thought. The centre-back had risen through the youth ranks at St. Jame’s Park before embarking on a largely successful first-team career.

In fact, Taylor donned the black and white stripes for an incredible 21 years, having initially signed up as a 10-year-old.

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Consequently, it came as somewhat of a shock and, for many, a disappointment when the 30-year-old was released this summer. It certainly proved an abrupt end to a spell typified by unquestionable passion and loyalty.

Nonetheless, Taylor bit the bullet and moved to the USA. He took the same path as fellow ex-Premier League defender Liam Ridgewell in moving to Portland Timbers.

Debut catastrophe

The Englishman made his debut in America, for Portland’s reserves, this weekend, but it certainly didn’t go to plan.

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In a clash with LA Galaxy II, Taylor was given the nod, but was involved in a catastrophic first-half that saw the Oregon-based side enter the break 3-0 down.

Moreover, the 30-year-old had been solely responsible for the opening goal. After just nine minutes, he agonisingly slid the ball into his own net via a cross from the right-flank. 

Taylor’s embarrassing debut gaffe can be seen below:

To rub salt into the wound however, Taylor was substituted at half-time and to say Portland improved without him would be an understatement. In fact, after the break, they turned the game on its head and took an improbable 4-3 lead.

The Providence Park-based side held onto their lead and as a result, their new English signing hadn’t covered himself in much glory.

Such an unimaginably shocking debut has led to inevitable comparisons to Jonathan Woodgate.

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The now retired centre-back experienced a dire inaugural appearance for Real Madrid in 2005. Woodgate was awarded a red card on his bow versus Athletic Bilbao, but not before he had scored an own goal also.

With a similarly nightmarish start, Taylor has certainly reached such lows.

After all, it doesn’t bode well for his first team aspirations when his trial in the reserves took such a turn for the worst.

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