Michael Thomas (soccer)
Thomas warming up at Livestrong Sporting Park
|Full name||Michael Thomas|
|Date of birth||March 8, 1988|
|Place of birth||Olathe, Kansas, United States|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2006–2009||Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|2006–2009||Kansas City Brass||13||(2)|
|2012–2013||Sporting Kansas City||7||(0)|
|2014–2016||Oklahoma City Energy||82||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 3, 2016|
College and Amateur
Thomas attended University of Notre Dame where he played in midfield for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Thomas was selected to play with Region II (Midwest) 88 ODP Regional Team in events at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California as well as international events in Italy and Spain. Listed on CollegeSoccerNews.com 100 Freshmen To Keep An Eye On In 2006.
Thomas was drafted in the second round (19th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by San Jose Earthquakes. Shortly after the draft Thomas left the United States to go on trial with Halmstads BK in Allsvenskan and following the clubs failure to loan wished players from its partner club RCD Espanyol, Thomas was offerd a short term contract, 4 month with an option for the rest of the year, which he signed on February 21, 2010, however due to uncertainties what rules applied, Swedish or American, and Thomas previous club affiliation, it took some time and the help of both the American and Swedish FA before Thomas was completely signed by Halmstads BK on March 20. On July 3 Halmstads BK reported that they would not use the clause to extend Thomas contract until the end of the season and that Joakim Wrele from the youth squad would take his place.
Shortly after his departure from Halmstads BK, he went on trial with Superettan club Ljungskile SK and following a successful trial the club decided to sign him for the rest of the 2010 season. Thomas was a starter for the club appearing in 47 league matches and scoring 8 goals.
On January 18, 2012, Thomas signed a contract with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City making his return to his native Kansas. The previous day Sporting Kansas City had acquired Thomas' MLS rights from San Jose in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.
- "Kansas City Brass Premier Development League". uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- 2010 MLS SuperDraft Archived January 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "THOMAS HOPING FOR HAMLSTADS OFFER". yanks-abroad.com. February 15, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Thomas fick korttidsavtal" (in Swedish). hallandsposten.se. February 21, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Lämnar vintern för värme" (in Swedish). hbk.se. February 22, 2010. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Thomas helt klar för HBK" (in Swedish). hallandsposten.se. March 20, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- "Wrele får A-kontrakt" (in Swedish). hbk.se. June 3, 2010. Archived from the original on August 22, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- Josh Whisenhunt (January 18, 2012). "Sporting KC signs midfielder Michael Thomas | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Kurt Austin (January 17, 2012). "SKC acquires right of first refusal for MF Michael Thomas | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)