Jersey No.: 42
Weight: 175 lbs.
Date of Birth: September 11, 1994
Place of Birth: Willimantic, Conn.
Hometown: Storrs, Conn.
High School: E.O. Smith High School
Last Club: Northeast United
Status: Under-16 roster
College Commitment: Rutgers (verbal)
2011 MLS RESERVE DIVISION: Made three appearances, including two starts. Made the starting lineup against D.C. United (March 26) and the Columbus Crew (May 9). Entered the game as a second-half substitute against the New York Red Bulls (Aug. 21).
2010-11: Made 27 appearances overall, including 25 starts: 25 appearances, all starts, for the Under-16 team and two appearances for the Under-18 team. Scored one goal, a game-winning penalty kick against Oakwood SC (May 15). Registered one assist, a game-winning assist with the U18s against the Minnesota Thunder (Dec. 5). Helped the U16s secure seven of their eight shutouts – against Sporting Kansas City (Dec. 6), Potomac (March 19), Players Development Academy (April 2), Seacoast United (April 16), FC Greater Boston (April 30), South Central Premier (May 14) and South Central Premier (June 12). Served a one-game suspension because of yellow card accumulation on May 22. Started three games – two with the U16s and one with the U18s – during the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase (Dec. 3-6) in Phoenix, Ariz.. Started all three games during the Development Academy Playoffs (June 25-28) in Frisco, Texas. Made five appearances, including four starts, during the Generation adidas Cup (July 25-31) in Frisco, Texas, and scored a goal against the Colorado Rapids (July 26).
2009-10: Made 31 appearances, including 29 starts, with the Under-16 team. Scored three goals and added three assists. Helped the team secure four of its five shutouts – against St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro (Dec. 7), Oakwood SC (March 14), Match Fit Chelsea (March 21) and Lonestar SC (June 28). Made three appearances, including two starts, during the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase (Dec. 5-8) in Phoenix, Ariz. Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist against FC Greater Boston (April 24). Started two games and picked up an assist during the Development Academy Spring Showcase (May 28-31) in Sarasota, Fla. Recorded one assist against FC Westchester (June 5). Started three games and scored a goal during the Development Academy Playoffs (June 25-28) in Greensboro, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Is a senior at E.O. Smith High School (Storrs, Conn.) … has played four seasons … was a three-time all-conference selection (2008-10) … named all-state and all-New England as a forward in 2010 … received 2010 NSCAA All-Region I honors.
BEFORE REVS: Played for Northeast United as a U17 (2008-09) … was a member of FSA from 2006-08 … also played with Oakwood SC from 2004-06 … participated in the Super Y League as a member of QuickStrike FC from 2007-09 … played for the Conn. ODP from 2006-09, serving as captain from 2007-09 … selected to Region I team from 2008-09, traveling to Italy in 2009 … named to 2008 adidas Interregional All-Star Select Team.
PERSONAL: Mitchell Robert Taintor … is the son of Barry and Melissa Taintor … has two siblings, Amy (15) and Jared (13) … lists Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard among his favorite soccer players … supports Manchester United and the New England Revolution … also follows the Dallas Stars (NHL) … enjoys going to the beach … his grandfather, Joe Morrone, coached the University of Connecticut for 27 years and the school’s soccer stadium is named after him.