FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution announced today that forward Taylor Twellman will be out indefinitely with concussion-related symptoms.
Twellman, 28, was punched in the head by Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin on Aug. 30, while heading in a goal in the first half but continued to play the remainder of the game. Cronin, who was coming off his line to clear the ball when he connected with Twellman, also suffered a broken finger in the collision and missed the rest of the season.
Twellman did not dress for the Revs' following game, a CONCACAF Champions League match against Joe Public FC on Sept. 2, but returned to the field in the team's next game on Sept. 6 and played 90 minutes at the Columbus Crew. He played 90 minutes in the team's final eight matches to conclude the 2008 regular season.
"Taylor has been experiencing some on-going issues related to the concussion he suffered against LA," Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. "Concussions, especially repeated concussions, are very dangerous and the most important thing for Taylor and his future - both off the field and on - is to get the rest he needs so he can return to normal as quickly as possible."
Twellman missed 14 regular-season games in 2008 while battling myriad injuries, including torn knee cartilage, ankle sprain, hip flexor and concussion symptoms. Still, he finished the year tied for the team lead in goals with eight while adding two assists. He has scored 99 career goals in 172 games spanning seven Major League Soccer seasons.
The Revolution opens the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 30, when the team hosts the rival Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m., while ESPN2 will begin its national coverage at 7:30 p.m., with a 30-minute pregame show. The game is the first of two in the teams' Eastern Conference Semifinal Series, which is a two-game, home-and-away, aggregate-goals series. Game Two will be played on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Fire's Toyota Park at 8:30 p.m.