NICK LEYDEN - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tony Taylor is disappointed with the 2010-2011 season after suffering a pair of injuries and crashing to a 10th place finish in the Liga Orangina with Estoril.
After a nearly complete overhaul of the coaching staff and roster last offseason, Os Canarinhos had high hopes of competing for promotion to the Portuguese first division this time around.
Impressive early performances, including a win over Portuguese giant Sporting, however, could not be maintained and Vinícius Eutrópio's men stumbled to a pedestrian 38 points in 30 games.
"I am not satisfied with how the season ended for our team," Taylor recently told YA. "I feel the team could have done much better and we had the talent to move up to the first division," he added.
Taylor, who missed a short stretch of games in December and January with a concussion, is currently back in his home state of Florida nursing a pubic injury which kept him out of action for several weeks at the end of the season.
"I have been injured since mid-April with a minor injury to the pubic joint," the former US youth international said before adding, "I've had inflammation on the joint mainly from fatigue. I have been receiving treatment and doing rehabilitation since then. I am still recovering and I have been progressing well. I should be fully recovered soon."
The 21 year old striker finished the season with 4 goals in 18 combined appearances in the league and Taça da Liga, most of which came as a substitute.
Despite the injuries and his lack of consistent playing time, Taylor was third on the team's scoring chart and actually had a better goals-per-minute rate than Eutrópio's first choice pairing of Luis Leal and former Miami FC player Alex Afonso. Even still he was not satisfied.
"I wanted to contribute more to help the team but I just needed more time. So it was a very frustrating season for me," he admitted.
Estoril found themselves battling for promotion as late as March when they were in fifth place. But a run of nine consecutive winless games, much of which came with Taylor unavailable, negated any hope.
Os Canarinhos finally did record another victory against Belenenses in the final week of the season, but by then the three points were meaningless.
As for the offseason Taylor says he will remain in Florida for now and wait to see what changes, if any, happen back in Portugal.
"I will be staying home for the summer to recover," Taylor concluded. "The time at home will give me a chance to regroup and focus on my future. I am not sure what changes will be made to the roster or coaching staff right now."