NICK LEYDEN - Thursday, January 19, 2012
After a successful half-season on loan at AtlÚtico CP, 2014 US Olympic hopeful Tony Taylor has been recalled by Estoril.
The US U-23 attacker scored three goals as AtlÚtico's first choice right winger in eleven league games, helping the newly promoted club move into the upper tier of the Liga Orangina where they are a candidate for promotion to the Portuguese top flight.
Team officials have not made it clear whether the move was made in order for Taylor to remain with Estoril for the remainder of the season, or if it was done with an eye towards a permanent sale to AtlÚtico or another team.
Taylor has been a regular in recent Olympic camps for the US, however whether the move back to Estoril - where he previously had troubles holding down a starting spot - will affect his ability to participate in the upcoming tournament for qualification to the London games remains to be seen.
With half of the season played, both AtlÚtico and Estoril are both vying for promotion to the Portuguese Liga. Estoril currently sit in first place on 29 points, while AtlÚtico are three points back in fourth place.
Despite recent rumors of potential interest from MLS team New York Red Bull, Taylor's former American teammate and previous Red Bull player Caleb Patterson-Sewell still remains at AtlÚtico as the team's first-choice keeper.