U.S. Needs Twellman Wynalda reiterates his opinion that Twellman is the best forward in American soccer today, and in a way rips Arena for not giving Twellman a fair shot with the USMNT. I don't know whether to agree with Wynalda here or not. On one side, I don't think Taylor has been given a shot with the best US side to show what he can do with the best talent around him. On the other side, in the games Taylor has played, he hasn't been that impressive. I also think Taylor has some obvious shortcomings that Wynalda doesn't discuss. He's not a tremendous athlete. He doesn't have the explosive first step of a Landon Donovan. He hasn't shown that he can create for himself on the international level - a characteristic that I believe is key for a US forward under Bruce Arena. That doesn't mean he shouldn't be looked at. Obviously Bruce feels there is something in Twellman's game worth investing in, as he called in Taylor for the Confederation's Cup and named him to the roster. Taylor had a bad break when he got sick, and then shortly after he was injured and not ready for the Gold Cup. Wynalda apparently chose to ignore those realities in this column. In short, I believe the jury is still out on Taylor. I think he should, and will, get serious consideration in future games. But if his contributions don't improve from what we've seen in the past, I think Bruce has no choice but to look elsewhere.