Steven Taylor reacts to his move to Portland Timbers

Steven Taylor (Pic: Sacramento Republic FC/Douglas Taylor)
Steven Taylor (Pic: Sacramento Republic FC/Douglas Taylor)

Steven Taylor's spoken about his move to Major League Soccer.

The defender has joined USA side Portland Timbers after ending his long association with boyhood club Newcastle United this summer.

Taylor made 268 appearances, and scored 15 goals, for the club he joined as a nine-year-old.

Now he is looking forward to a new challenge in Oregon after leaving Tyneside.

And the 30-year-old said: "I've been out here a few days and I can't wait to start playing.

"I spoke with my family, friends and my lawyer this summer about a move to America, and as soon as I started talking to Portland I felt it was the right move for me.

"Every week will be tough, as I'll be up against top players. I'll be playing against the likes of Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane.

"I'm just looking forward to playing again and enjoying my football.

"I'll always be proud to have played for Newcastle, my hometown club, and I wish Rafa Benitez and the team every success this season and in the future.

"But this is a new and exciting chapter for me. I'm looking forward to experiencing a different league, a different city and a different culture.

"I had long chats with the owner, sporting director and head coach at Portland, and I want to be part of this club, not just in the short term, but also the long term."

Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said: "Steven Taylor gives us a proven piece that can step into our backline and perform immediately.

“His experience and leadership will be very important to our team down the stretch."

General manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson added: "Taylor is a player with a wealth of experience in the English Premier League and will be a good fit in our club.

“This addition addresses a positional need at a critical stage of the season.”