Elvis Thomas

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Elvis Thomas
Personal information
Full name Elvis Thomas
Date of birth (1972-07-27) July 27, 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position striker
Youth career
Neil McNeil Maroons
1990-1994 Hartford Hawks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Connecticut Wolves 12 (1)
1997–1998 Toronto Lynx 50 (12)
1998 Montreal Impact 3 (0)
1999–2000 Toronto Olympians 31 (25)
2002–2003 Toronto Lynx 37 (4)
Total 133 (42)
National team
1999–2000 Canada 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 November 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 November 2009

Elvis Thomas (born July 27, 1972) is a former Canadian soccer player.

He spent the majority of his soccer career in North America, primarily playing for clubs in Canada. Thomas' greatest achievements were spent with the Toronto Lynx, and the Toronto Olympians, where he won a league title and two Open Canada Cups with the Olympians; he was also awarded the Canadian Professional Soccer League MVP Award.

Internationally, Thomas has represented Canada at the senior level, by being capped a total of three times. He holds the distinction of being first CPSL player to be called up for the national team, while playing in the league.[1]

Club career[edit]

Thomas began playing soccer during his tenure at the University of Hartford. During his four-year tenure at Hartford Thomas' accomplishments were being named All-New England and First Team All-Conference in 1993 and 1994, and serving captain in both those seasons. Also helped the Hawks earn a spot on the All-Conference Championship postseason team in 1991, 1992, and 1994. He was the Championship MVP in 1992. Upon graduating from Hartford Thomas was drafted by the Connecticut Wolves of the USISL Select League in 1996.

The following season the USISL Select League merged with the A-League, which resulted in Thomas returning to his hometown to sign with the newly expansion franchise Toronto Lynx. The signing of Thomas was announced in a press conference where the Lynx unveiled their roster for their debut season.[2] Thomas made his debut on April 12, 1997 in a match against Jacksonville Cyclones, where he made history by scoring the franchise's first goal; unfortunately the match ended in 3-1 defeat.[3] On May 3 Thomas in a match against the Worcester Wildfire Thomas contributed by scoring the second goal in a 3-1 victory, which marked the first victory for the Toronto side.[4] Thomas would continue his fine form by recording another goal in a 3-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers on May 11.[5] He helped the Lynx to set a franchise and A-league record of ten straight wins; their streak came to an end with a 1-0 defeat to Long Island Rough Riders on June 22. He finished his rookie season with six goals that helped the Lynx clinch a playoff spot. During the club's playoff run Thomas started in the first leg of the semi-final match against the Montreal Impact where the Lynx were defeated 2-1.[6] Unfortunately for the Lynx they were defeated 4-0 in the second leg of the semi-final match, which resulted in a 6-1 victory on aggregate for Montreal. In 1998 Thomas recorded his first goal of the season in a 2-1 defeat to his former club Connecticut.[7] On August 26 the Toronto Lynx traded Thomas to rivals Montreal Impact for future considerations and an undisclosed amount of cash.[8] In Montreal Thomas appeared in only three matches and led the Impact to the Conference Semi-finals.

Thomas left Montreal in September 1999, when new ownership opted against fielding an outdoor squad in order to properly prepare for the 1999-2000 indoor season. Resulting in Thomas to sign with the Toronto Olympians of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He made his debut on June 6, 1999 against York Region Shooters where he even managed to score two goals in a 7-1 victory.[9] During the 1999 season, he was instrumental in leading his club to the Treble, and setting a league record by becoming the first CPSL franchise to finish the season undefeated.[10] The season was productive for Thomas, as he scored 25 goals in all competitions.[11] In doing so he led the Olympians to their first Rogers Cup triumph, where he scored the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Toronto Croatia on October 2 in the CPSL playoff finals match.[12] Thomas was even further in instrumental during Toronto's quest to claim their second consecutive Open Canada Cup. In the tournament Thomas contributed by registering five goals that led the Scarborough side to the finals, where their opponents were Toronto Croatia. During the finals the Olympians were leading the match with a one goal lead, until Thomas struck two stunning goals to allow the match to culminate to a 3-0 victory.[13] Once the season came to a conclusion Thomas was named the CPSL MVP Award.[14] Due to a sensational debut season he received his first cap for the national side and was part of the winning team in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

During the 2000 season, Thomas was again instrumental in Toronto's exceptionally successful campaign; together with the likes of Gus Kouzmanis, Eddy Berdusco, and Darren Tilley, Thomas led the Olympians to a 10 game undefeated streak, as well as claiming the Open Canada Cup in the process. The victory in claiming the Open Cup marked the first time in league history a club winning the trophy three consecutive years in a row. Thomas was responsible for scoring the lone goal that would clinch the title for the Scarborough based club, in a 1-0 victory over St. Catharines Roma Wolves.[15] Thomas finished the season with nine goals placing him third in most goals scored for the Olympians.[16] Though he did manage to lead his team to the playoff finals, they were defeated by Toronto Croatia by a score of 2-1.

Shortly after the season Thomas announced a leave of absence in order to pursue a career in teaching. He made his return to soccer a year later when he returned to the A-League to sign with his former club Toronto Lynx. Thomas was signed on April 20, 2002 in a press conference held by the Lynx.[17] He scored his first goal of the season on April 27, 2002 in a 2-1 victory over Hampton Roads Mariners.[18] He nearly helped the Lynx make the playoffs, where the Lynx required a victory in the final game of season against Atlanta Silverbacks, but unfortunately the match resulted in a tie for the Lynx, which allowed Charlotte Eagles to clinch the final playoff berth. On March 18, 2003 the Toronto Lynx re-signed Thomas to a one-year contract.[19] Thomas concluded the season with two goals, but unfortunately the Lynx failed to reach the post season for the third year straight. As his contract expired at the end of 2003 season, Thomas announced his retirement from professional soccer in order to continue on teaching. In 2006 it was announced that Thomas was inducted into the University of Hartford Hall of Fame.[20]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for Canada in an October 1999 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualification match against Haiti and went on to earn a total of 3 caps, scoring no goals. He was in Canada's title-winning squad at the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but did not play himself. His final international was a January 2000 friendly match against Bermuda.

Coaching career[edit]

He now works for Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School as an English teacher.[21][22]

Honors[edit]

Canada[edit]

Toronto Olympians[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CPSL Award Winners". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ "First roster announced April 1997". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Jacksonville Cyclones (1) 3:1 (0) Toronto Lynx". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Lynx Smother Wildfire". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Lynx Kick Richmond". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  6. ^ "A-League game of Friday September 5, 1997". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  7. ^ "CLEANING HOUSE". Canada Kicks--News Story. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  8. ^ "Three and Counting". Canada Kicks--News Story. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  9. ^ "Olympians Get Flying Start". Canada Kicks--CPSL Update. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  10. ^ "1999 CPSL Season Review". Rocket Robin. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  11. ^ "CPSL Award Winners". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  12. ^ "CPSL game between Toronto Olympians and Toronto Croatia". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  13. ^ "CPSL game between Toronto Croatia and Toronto Olympians played at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke at 3:00pm. This was the League Cup Final.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  14. ^ "1999 CPSL Awards Dinner". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  15. ^ "CPSL game between Toronto Olympians and St Catharines Roma Wolves". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  16. ^ "Final Year 2000 Results.". Rocket Robin's Home Page. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  17. ^ "Details of the Toronto Lynx Press Conference". Toronto Lynx media release. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  18. ^ "ROAD TO VICTORY GOES THROUGH HAMPTON". TORONTO LYNX GAME REPORT. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  19. ^ "ANOTHER 2 LYNX FAVOURITES ARE BACK FOR 2003!". TORONTO LYNX MEDIA RELEASE. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  20. ^ "BITS 'N' BITES". CANOE -- SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  21. ^ Soccer Maroons prepare to test playoff mettle - The Mirror
  22. ^ Elvis Thomas Soccer Coach, Neil McNeil High School - Fan590

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