NICK LEYDEN - Monday, August 20, 2012
With Panama in Lisbon last week to take on Portugal in a friendly, Tony Taylor revealed to YA that he is being recruited to play for the Central American nation.
"The Panamanian federation contacted me last month," he told YA. "They are very interested."
The 23 year old forward was born and raised in the USA but his family has strong ties to Panama.
"Both my parents are Panamanian and I have a Panamanian passport, so I am eligible to play for the Panamanian national team as well," he explained.
Taylor has represented the Stars and Stripes at youth levels, but has never suited up for the senior team, meaning he would be allowed to switch allegiances under FIFA rules. Since Taylor officially represented the United States at the 2009 U-20 World Cup, he would have to file a one-time switch with FIFA to play for Panama.
For now though the Estoril attacker is focusing on his club team and hoping to perform well in their return to Portugal's top division.
"It's going to be my first season in the first division and I'm going to make the most of it. I want to make a big impact in the Liga Sagres this year," he said.