England striker Jodie Taylor switches to Portland Thorns

Saturday 17 Jan 2015
England striker Jodie Taylor

Portland Thorns believe they have signed a "proven goalscorer" after luring England international Jodie Taylor from Washington Spirit.

The 28-year-old has headed to Oregon from Portland's National Women's Soccer League counterparts in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and two second-round picks in the 2016 draft.

Jodie Taylor

Born: Birkenhead 17/5/86
Former clubs: Tranmere Rovers, Boston Renegades, Oregon State Beavers, Ottawa Fury, Pali Blues, Melbourne Victory, Birmingham City, Lincoln Ladies, Goteburg, Sydney FC, Washington Spirit
England caps: 4
England goals: 0
England debut: v Sweden 3/8/14

Taylor made her England breakthrough last year and won the most recent of her four caps in the 3-0 defeat by Germany at Wembley Stadium.

Thorns head coach Paul Riley said: “We’ve been chasing Jodie for a while. She’s a proven goal scorer and a recognized forward. 

"She’s dangerous and a good finisher, too. She’s one of the premier finishers in the league. 

"I think with the quality players we have around her she’ll score more goals. We are really happy to get her.”

Born in Birkenhead and a product of Tranmere Rovers' youth setup, Taylor has played overseas since 2004, first with university side Oregon State Beavers, then with Boston Renegades. 

She plied her trade in Canada with Ottawa Fury Women, then back in the US with Pali Blues, before stints with Australian sides Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

She has also played in England with Birmingham City between 2011 and 2013, taking in a short loan with Lincoln Ladies and Goteburg FC in Sweden.

By James Callow Content manager