Taylor starts for Wales

Last updated : 27 May 2003 By Tony Scholes

It was Taylor’s first start for Wales since he joined Burnley just over two years ago, in fact it was his first international start in over five years since he played against Jamaica.

This was his fourth Welsh cap since he became a Claret - see Internationals - and It was his twelfth cap in total (4 starts and 8 substitute appearances) though there was to be no joy and his wait for a first international goal continues.

An under strength Wales team without the services of such as Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Savage and John Hartson were soundly beaten 2-0 by the Americans. It brought to an end an impressive unbeaten run of ten games for Mark Hughes’ team that have seen them climb above Scotland in the rankings.

It was something of a surprise that they hung on until just before half time at 0-0 before Landon Donovan converted a penalty given away by Leicester’s Matthew Jones. It earned Jones a yellow card and three minutes after the interval he was sent off for a second yellow.

Preston’s Eddie Lewis (the man that hates Burnley) added a second on the hour and there was never any hope of getting back into the game after that.

Taylor can now start his close season three weeks after the rest of the squad before reporting back for pre-season training in July.