Harrison Taylor has become the first foreign player rostered for Real Central NJ Soccer's inaugural season in USL League Two. Taylor currently plays for Saint Leo University in Florida after playing in Spain for the academy of La Liga's Levante UD. Taylor is another player on the radar of a national Federation being brought into a New Zealand U20 camp before the 2019 World Cup. The signing is pending league, Federation, and international transfer approvals.
"I look forward to experiencing a new challenge and opportunity," Taylor says. "I desire to reach the next level, and Real Central NJ is a platform to get noticed.”
The 6 foot 7-inch tall central defender grew up laying for the academy for Australian second division side Adelaide Blue Eagles and saw first-team minutes during the 2019-2020 season. When playing for the club's U16 team he was awarded the Best and Fairest Award, and at the U18 level was voted the Player's Player.
"We're thrilled to have our first international signing be a player of Taylor's quality," Men's Head Coach Patrick Snyder said. "Having a strong defense can give us a lot of options elsewhere on the field. Harrison is not only a great defender but can start the attack with accurate, line-breaking passes."