By Jon Denham
Some days you’re starting in a FIFA U20 World Cup knockout round match. Some days you’re on a training field as the youngest member of your professional team.
This is the yo-yo 19-year-old Tommy Thompson rides as a youth international player who has also signed a Major League Soccer Homegrown Player contract. He has the skill set and pedigree to back both of those titles up. Thompson made that contract with the San Jose Earthquakes official in January of 2014. He followed by starting in eight of the 13 matches he appeared in as a rookie. Near the midway point of the 2015 season (with some teammates on international duty) he is adding more minutes, more starts, and more experience to his growing resume.
Thompson is still working toward scoring his first goal in a regular season MLS match (he netted one in a friendly with the senior team in the fall of 2014). Yet he knows the feeling well, scoring more than 50 times in high school and five more times as a freshman with perennial NCAA soccer force Indiana University in 2013. Maybe most importantly, his national team debut included a goal in a 4-0 win over Bermuda last summer.
Scoring goals are part of what have helped him reach the professional level. Setting them has likely been equally as important.
Read the full article on Tommy and more articles to help you on your journey to be fearless and chase your dreams in the July Issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine.