Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor signs contract extension

Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor signs contract extension

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Maicon Santos #29 of D.C. United battles for the ball against Jermaine Taylor #4 of Houston Dynamo during leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Championship at RFK Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

HOUSTON -- The Houston Dynamo announced Monday a contract extension for defender Jermaine Taylor.

“The Dynamo is now a home for me, and I wanted to be even more comfortable as a player and someone to move the Dynamo forward,” said Taylor. “My health and my comfort are what I care about, and I look forward to being with the Dynamo for the next few years.”

Taylor, 28, appeared in 27 games (26 starts) for the Dynamo in 2012, and started four playoff games as the club reached the MLS Cup Final. The Portland, Jamaica native has 64 caps with the Jamaica national team and is on the roster for its CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Wednesday. The versatile defender played every position along the Dynamo back line in 2012, starting 16 of the club’s final 19 regular season games.

“Jermaine is a good player,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He is a good center back and is very versatile. I am glad he decided to sign up for more years and we expect good things out of him this year and beyond.”

Taylor is a fixture for the Jamaican national team, playing 90 minutes in each of the Reggae Boyz’ last four World Cup qualifiers, helping Jamaica reach the final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The 5-foot-10 defender joined the Dynamo in February 2011 from St. George’s SC (Jamaica).

Per team and league policy, details of the contract were not disclosed.

The Dynamo open the 2013 season on Saturday, March 2 when they host D.C. United at 7 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.

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