Alumni Spotlight: The Taylor Brothers
SDA Alumni DJ and Drew Taylor have both carried on their soccer career from Syracuse Development Academy to SUNY Brockport. DJ is a Junior center back and Drew is a Freshman goalkeeper. As student athletes, the two brothers both finished the Fall semester with a 4.0 GPA while balancing their soccer commitments.
DJ began training and competing with SDA in 2007, and Drew joined SDA a U6 player in 2008. Starting in SDA's Youth Development Program and playing until graduating to collegiate soccer, both brothers were with the club for the long haul.
DJ has had three goals in his college career. During his high school soccer career at Baldwinsville, DJ was team MVP in 2017, 1st Team All SCAC, and 4th team All State. DJ noted that his “favorite college soccer memory would be scoring the game winning goal in both of my first two collegiate home games.”
“SDA helped prepare me for collegiate soccer by giving me the opportunity to play against high level opponents… My SDA coaches helped me reach out to schools as well as provide high intensity practices.”
DJ is looking forward to next season, and playing with his brother, as this season was cancelled due to COVID. “Playing on the same team as my brother has been a great experience so far. We frequently workout together and either pass or shoot, so it is nice to always have someone to do that with. Unfortunately, we were not able to play at Brockport this past Fall because of COVID. We took the opportunity to play together on Syracuse FC and won the Central NY Fall 2020 UPSL Division. I’m looking forward to the next couple of years playing together when we can.”
Drew feels the same way about playing with DJ. He notes, “It has been nice to train and workout with someone I know is as determined and driven as I am.”
Drew also spent years playing and training with SDA.
“My favorite SDA moment would be winning the State Cup playdown game against Empire Buffalo in a penalty shootout where I saved 2 penalties.”
When we asked Drew if he had any advice for the younger generation that hopes to go onto play college soccer, he said, “Work hard and never give up. Take any set back that you face as just another reason to work harder. This game will give you as much as you give it.”