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Twellman still taking it slow

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / September 22, 2010

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MASHPEE — Taylor Twellman wakes up every morning unsure of how the effects of a 2008 injury will challenge him that day. The Revolution forward is waiting for the day when the double-vision and the headaches disappear.

But time is not waiting for Twellman. The 30-year-old is in the final year of his contract and this offseason he will face a decision about his future. Twellman was placed on the season-ending injury list in June because of various symptoms associated with an on-field collision in August 2008. The whiplash-like symptoms have varied in the last two years and forced Twellman to focus more on his health than on his soccer.

Twellman said he is prepared to seriously look at what he wants to do next. There is plenty of interest in his decision as he is the franchise’s leader in goals (101) and has been one of the most recognizable players since his arrival in New England as the Revolution’s first-round draft pick in 2002.

“I will make an educated decision both for myself and the Revolution,’’ Twellman said yesterday at the Boston Stars for One Family golf tournament at Willowbend Country Club. “They can’t be held hostage by what’s going on, and I can’t be held hostage just by being torn and feeling guilty and not being able to play. It’s been a very difficult situation. We’ll talk about it more in the offseason when everyone sits down and we make an educated decision with my doctors and my family.’’

Three months ago Twellman said he was cleared by doctors to participate in golf and other light activities, but his body has been unpredictable in its response to physical activity. The concussion he suffered after running full force into goalkeeper Steve Cronin two years ago came with a couple of complicated twists that took doctors time to unravel.

Rushing the recovery has never been an option for Twellman, who played just two games in 2009 before suffering a setback.

“I take it one day at a time,’’ Twellman said. “If one day I wake up and I feel 100 percent — which hasn’t happened yet — then you know what, then I’ll worry about soccer. But really, I’m just worried about my day-to-day living and just trying to enjoy it.’’

Yesterday, Twellman said he wasn’t ready to make a decision about his future. With each activity he waits for the after-effects and then waits for another day, he said.

“To be quite frank with everyone, playing is not really on my mind right now,’’ Twellman said. “It’s been about three months where I’ve been cleared to play golf [and] do very light workouts. “You guys would laugh at how light the workout is. It’s long walks, it’s riding the bike for a little bit . . . It’s a scary thing.’’

As concussions are discussed more and more, Twellman is happy to see people become more educated about how serious they can be. While Twellman has not been on the field, he is putting his soccer knowledge to work. This year he was a World Cup analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England and has been a color analyst for a few soccer matches on ESPN among other gigs.

“It’s amazing how friendly and helpful everyone has been,’’ said Twellman of his introduction into media. “The media world is a different world for me and going into it, I was excited but also nervous . . . If I’m not playing, hopefully, it’s something in the future that I can do and do it well.’’

Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

Revolution vs. FC Dallas

■When: Tonight, 8:30.

Where: Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas.

TV, radio: Comcast SportsNet, WBZ-FM (98.5).

Records: FC Dallas 10-2-12, 42 points; Revolution 7-14-3, 24 points.

Formations: FC Dallas 4-4-2; Revolution 4-4-2.

Goalkeepers: FC Dallas, Dario Sala; Revolution, Matt Reis.

Coaches: FC Dallas, Schellas Hyndman; Revolution, Steve Nicol.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo.

Keys to game: FC Dallas — Play through David Fereira. Revolution — Close down midfield; find Ilija Stolica in transition.

Out: FC Dallas — G Kevin Hartman (knee), M Daniel Hernandez (hamstring), D Ugo Ihemelu (concussion), M Brek Shea (suspended); Revolution — M Zak Boggs (concussion), G Preston Burpo (leg), M Nico Colaluca (knee), F Taylor Twellman (concussion).

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