Quickstrike FC Retiring Taylor's Jersey

Taylor was the first round selection of Sky Blue FC in the 2010 WPS Draft (Photo by Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos).

Taylor was 2009 USL W-League Defender of the Year

Newburgh, N.Y. (Wednesday, July 14, 2010) – First-year Sky Blue FC defender Brittany Taylor, who already has the distinct honor of being a Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) All-Star, will be adding another high level accolade to her resume this evening when her number is officially retired by the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues. Quickstrike FC, with whom Taylor played during the 2009 USL W-League season, will perform a ceremony for her before hosting the North Jersey Valkyries tonight at Newburgh (NY) Free Academy for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

“I am so excited and humbled to have my number retired by Quickstrike,” Taylor said of having her #13 jersey retired. “I can remember when I used to walk into the office of Len Tsantaris, our head coach at UConn, and see the retired jersey of (former UConn defender) Sara Whalen autographed by the U.S. Women’s National Team hanging on his wall. I always wished that I could someday get to that level, and that is something that makes this acknowledgment by Quickstrike so special to me. To know you impacted a program is very rewarding, and I cannot wait to get home to receive this honor.”

Taylor has made an immediate impact to Sky Blue FC this season since the team selected her in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft (sixth overall). She is also the only player on the Sky Blue FC roster who has played every single minute of the team’s 13 matches this season.

“We knew when we made Brittany our first round selection that we were getting a very special player,” Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone reflected. “She has made great contributions to our team, both on and off the field, and she has continually proven to show her ability as a high level player, as evidenced in her selection as a starter to the 2010 WPS All-Star Game.”

A native of Campbell Hall, New York, Taylor played a pivotal role for Quickstrike FC in 2009, helping to lead the team to a regular season title and the number one overall seed in the W-League Playoffs. She was also honored by the league by being named its Defensive Player of the Year.

"The reason why we are retiring her jersey is because it is important to acknowledge those who have worked hard on and off the field,” Quickstrike FC head coach Jesse Kolmel stated. “She has worked hard, and she is a role model in the community, on the field and off. She has done so much, and everyone at Quickstrike is so proud of her."

Taylor will return to the pitch for Sky Blue FC this Sunday when the team hosts the Atlanta Beat at Yurcak Field. The team will be wearing specialty-made red PUMA jerseys for the game in acknowledgement of its partnership with the American Heart Association, while also conducting a silent auction of the jerseys during the first half of the match. Tickets for Sunday’s game are currently on sale now, and anyone interested in purchasing can call 1-888-SBFC-TIX today.

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