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Eugene Van Taylor (soccer)

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Full nameEugene Van Taylor, Jr.
Place of birthPortsmouth, Ohio, United States
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Eugene Van Taylor is a retired U.S. soccer goalkeeper who spent three seasons in the North American Soccer League, two in the American Soccer League and one in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He is currently the men's soccer coach at Lander University.

Van Taylor graduated from West Essex High School where he was a Parade Magazine High School All American soccer player. He attended Erskine College where he was a 1973 Honorable Mention (third team) All American soccer player. He graduated in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. In 1982, he was inducted into the Erskine College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is ranked fourth on the NAIA single-game saves list.

In 1975, the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League signed Van Taylor, but he never made the first team. The Cosmos traded him to the Miami Toros in 1976 where he was Runner-Up for NASL 'Rookie of the Year'. In 1977, he played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers as Gordon Banks' backup before moving to the New Jersey Eagles of the American Soccer League in 1978. In 1979 and 1980, he played of the Columbus Magic. In the fall of 1980, Van Taylor signed with the expansion Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He played six games then was traded to the Phoenix Inferno. He remained with the Inferno through the 1983-1984 season when the team was known as the Phoenix Pride.

In 1985, he was hired as the head coach of the Lander University men's soccer team where he remains today.




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