Austin Bold FC defender Jermaine Taylor has recorded more than 100 appearances for the Jamaica Men's National Team in his career. | Photo courtesy Austin Bold FC
AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Bold FC announced on Wednesday it had re-signed defender Jermaine Taylor for a third season with the club, pending league and federation approval. The Jamaican veteran has made 47 appearances over the past two seasons with the club and has been a central figure in its on-field success.
“We are very happy to re-sign Jermaine Taylor. He has a wealth of experience playing for the Jamaican National Team and in MLS for an extended period of time,” said Austin Bold FC Head Coach Marcelo Serrano. “Most importantly is Jermaine’s work ethic and his dedication to the team. He always puts the team first. In the locker room, he’s one of those guys that show tremendous leadership skills and a willingness to pass on his knowledge to younger players. That’s the environment we create here and Jermaine helps in that process.”
Taylor began his professional playing career with Harbour View FC of the Jamaican National Premier League at the age of 19. After eight seasons and 100 matches, Taylor joined Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo in 2011 and helped the side to consecutive MLS Eastern Conference titles. The 36-year-old also spent time with the Portland Timbers and Minnesota United FC before joining Austin prior to the start of its inaugural season in 2019.
“My main reason that I wanted to come back to Austin Bold FC for a third straight season is the great people in this organization from ownership to management and coaching staff. They all try to make everything possible for the club, for the city of Austin, and for the players. It makes me feel so appreciated and grateful to be here,” said Taylor. “I want to bring the USL Championship trophy to Austin in 2021 so we can all celebrate and have a good time.”
In addition to his club accomplishment, Taylor is also the seventh-most capped player in Jamaican National Team history. Taylor has appeared in 101 matches for the Reggae Boyz and won three Caribbean Cup championships (2005, 2010, 2014).