Skylar Thomas

Skylar Rutherford Thomas (born July 27, 1993) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays for Valour FC in the Canadian Premier League.

Skylar Thomas
Personal information
Full name Skylar Rutherford Thomas
Date of birth (1993-07-27) July 27, 1993
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Valour FC
Number 3
Youth career
Pickering SC
2012 Toronto FC
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Syracuse Orange 56 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Reading United 6 (0)
2015–2016 Toronto FC II 47 (4)
2017–2018 Charleston Battery 49 (1)
2019– Valour FC 22 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Canada U23 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 19, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:53, May 20, 2016 (UTC)

Club career

Early career

Thomas began playing soccer at age six with Pickering SC.[1]

Thomas attended Syracuse University for four years, playing for the Orange.[2] During his senior year at Syracuse in 2014, he was named All-ACC Second Team and NSCAA All-South Region Second Team.[3] In 2012, he played with TFC Academy in the Canadian Soccer League.[4]

Toronto FC II

Thomas was drafted in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC on January 15, 2015.[5] On March 12 it was announced that he had signed with Toronto's affiliate team, Toronto FC II in the USL ahead of their inaugural season.[6] He made his debut on April 19 against Whitecaps FC 2 as a substitute for Daniel Fabrizi.

Charleston Battery

Thomas would sign with Charleston Battery for the 2017 season, and would appear in 8 of the team's 13 clean sheets. Upon completion of the 2017 season, Thomas would have his option with the club exercised for the 2018 season.[7]

Valour FC

Thomas signed for Canadian Premier League club Valour FC in November 2018, having played previously for head coach Rob Gale with the Canadian U-23 national team.[8] Upon signing with Valour, Thomas indicated he wanted to be a part of building the league.[9]

International career

Thomas has represented Canada at the U18 and U20 level, appearing in camps for both in 2011 and 2012, respectively.[10][11][12]

In May 2016, Thomas was called to Canada's U23 national team for a pair of friendlies against Guyana and Grenada.[13] He saw action in both matches.[14]

Personal life

Thomas was born in Scarborough, Ontario to a Canadian mother and a Trinidadian father.[1] When he was five, his family moved to Pickering.[1]

References

  1. "Skylar Thomas". Canada Soccer. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  2. "Skylar Thomas". Syracuse University. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. "Toronto FC II announces signing of eight players". March 12, 2015.
  4. "Senior Squad | Toronto FC". July 1, 2012. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. "Toronto FC selects Skylar Thomas with 11th pick in MLS SuperDraft". January 15, 2015.
  6. Rowaan, Dave (March 12, 2015). "Toronto FC II sign eight players".
  7. "Nine return to Charleston Battery for 2018". Charleston Battery. December 4, 2017.
  8. "Ledgerwood, Bekker lead first wave of Canadian Premier League signings". November 29, 2018.
  9. "Previously 'lost' in U.S. league, Valour's Skylar Thomas targets national team return". Canadian Premier League. January 5, 2019.
  10. "[2012-07] Men's U-20 camp". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  11. "[2011-01] Men's U-18 camp". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  12. "[2011-12] Men's U-18 camp". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  13. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada announces roster for Caribbean tour". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  14. Canada Soccer Association. "Canada m23 wins again on Caribbean tour". Retrieved May 19, 2016.
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