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02/12/2007 10:33AM

Revs' Taylor Twellman signs contract extension

MLS' leading scorer since 2002 renegotiates his contract to remain with the Revolution
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Foxborough, Mass. - The New England Revolution announced today that forward Taylor Twellman has signed a long-term contract extension with MLS to continue playing for the Revs. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 2007 season will be Twellman's sixth in Major League Soccer, all with the Revolution. Since entering the league in 2002, Twellman has scored the most goals of any player in the league, netting 75 regular-season goals in 130 matches.

Twellman, 26, was the 2005 MLS Honda Most Valuable Player and is two-time MLS scoring champion (2002, 2005). In 2006, he became the youngest player in league history to reach the 75-goal plateau, doing so at 26 yrs, 221 days, surpassing the previous record held by MLS career goal scoring leader Jason Kreis (29 yrs., 168 days). Twellman was also just the eighth player in league history to reach the 75-goal milestone.

"The club is extremely pleased to announce that Taylor has extended his time playing for the Revolution," Revolution head coach Steve Nicol said. "He has been our leading scorer since joining the team and we look forward to him being our - and the League's - top scorer this coming season."

Twellman is also a prominent member of the U.S. Men's National Team, have scored five goals in 19 career appearances with the squad.

Twellman enters the 2007 season ranked eighth in MLS history in career goals (75), fourth in goals per game (0.58), tied for sixth in career game-winning goals (21), tied for seventh in career multiple-goal games (12), tied for fifth in career hat tricks (3) and tied for eighth in career shots on goal (237).

The St. Louis native is also the Revolution's all-time leading goalscorer. He holds seven Revolution club records (goals, shots, shots on goal, game-winning goals, multiple-goal games, hat tricks and scoring percent), and is ranked fifth in four New England career categories: games played (130), games started (126), minutes played (11,443) and assists (23).

The Revolution originally drafted Twellman with the second overall selection in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, after he played two seasons with 1860 Munich in Germany. Twellman was a freshman All-American and NSCAA All-America honoree in his two collegiate seasons at Maryland before he signed his first professional contract in Germany.

The Revolution kicks off the 2007 season on April 7 against the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Ill., before hosting league newcomer Toronto FC - featuring former Revs midfielder José Cancela and former D.C. United forward Alecko Eskandarian - on Saturday, April 14 in the second game of a special doubleheader that also sees the U.S. Women's National Team take on Mexico's Women's National Team at Gillette Stadium.

Season ticket packages - which includes tickets to the home opener special soccer event doubleheader, as well as the Aug. 12 meeting against the Los Angeles Galaxy and David Beckham and to games at Gillette Stadium as part of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup - are on sale now. Call 1-877-GET-REVS for more information.

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