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T2 Player Profile: Taylor Peay

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A swing player with the first team, Peay looks to impress while waiting for his chance with the Timbers.

Peay crosses the ball into Belmar for the equalizer against Sacramento on April 2.
Peay crosses the ball into Belmar for the equalizer against Sacramento on April 2.
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T2 opened their season on Sunday with 3-1 victory over Real Monarchs and a late-game stunner against Sacramento Republic, to defeat the defending USL champions 2-1.  With so many new faces, we will be profiling the 20 players signed or loaned to the USL side.

We continue with defender Taylor Peay.

Number: 20
Position: Defender
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180
Born: Sept. 5, 1991
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
College: University of Washington

Peay, 23, joins T2 on loan after spending much of 2014 on loan to Orange County Blues, making 15 appearances (13 starts).  Making his Timbers debut against Orlando City U23s on June 17, scoring his first professional goal and made his first start against Sporting Kansas City on June 24, both appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, and was a late-game substitute against Alpha United FC on August 19 in CONCACAF Champions League.

Drafted out of the University of Washington in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Peay was a two-year starter for the Huskies, making 70 appearances (56 starts) from 2010-2013, scoring 6 goals and finishing as a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, while also being named All-Pacific 12 first team and NSCAA First Team All-American.  He was a college teammate Brent Richards and Andy Thoma.

Peay also played for the North Sound Seawolves (2013) and Seattle Sounders U23s (2012) in the PDL, making 4 appearances for Seattle, while stats from his time with North Sound could not be located at this time.  Peay was also a member of the Real Salt Lake Academy, appearing at the U17 and U18 level.

Peay appeared collegiately at centerback, but has appeared at right back for the Timbers and T2 and likes to push up and add to the attack, as well as having the physicality, and intelligence to play at the next level.

Starting T2's first two matches at right back, Peay assisted on Kharlton Belmar's equalizer against Sacramento Republic after a perfectly-placed cross in the box.

Below is a highlight video from Peay's  time with Washington: