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Thunder signs 6'5" defender Kevin Taylor

March 30, 2007 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Minnesota Thunder News Release

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Friday, March 30, 2007) - The Minnesota Thunder announced today the signing of 6-foot-5 defender Kevin Taylor through the 2008 season.

Taylor, a native of Miami, Fla., spent the last two seasons with the Rochester Raging Rhinos. He was drafted 25th overall by the Colorado Rapids in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.

Thunder head coach Amos Magee has followed Taylor's career since he was drafted by Colorado, and saw him as an interesting prospect. When Taylor became available from Rochester, Magee contacted him.

'Kevin Taylor came highly recommended from various sources," said Thunder head coach Amos Magee. "We brought him in for a trial and were immediately impressed with him as a person and a player. He gives us intelligence, skill and size in the back. After an incredibly successful amateur career, he still has yet to prove himself on a professional level. We expect that he will break through here.'

In 2005, Taylor played with the Michigan Bucks and was named the USL Premier Development League Defenseman of the Year after collecting 10 points in 15 games. He was also named to the PDL All-Conference First Team.

Taylor played at the University of Michigan for four seasons from 2000-2003, where he is among the Wolverines' all-time leaders for points by a defender (31). In 2003, he was named to the NSCAA/All-Great Lakes Region Second Team and to the All-Big Ten Conference First Team.

The Thunder opens its home season on Sunday, May 6 at 5:05 p.m. at James Griffin Stadium against the defending USL champions, the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game will be complimentary and NO admission will be charged. For more information call 651.917.TEAM or visit www.mnthunder.com.

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