Thompson Takes Homegrown Deal with San Jose Earthquakes
Jan. 17, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University freshman forward Tommy Thompson has agreed to terms on a Homegrown deal with Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, foregoing his final three seasons of eligibility with the Hoosiers.
Thompson is the first Hoosier to sign a contract under the League's Homegrown program. Created in 2008, the Homegrown program allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to their squad.
"Tommy has an incredible opportunity to join San Jose as a Homegrown signee," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "Although his time at IU was short, he left a very positive mark on our program on and off the field. Tommy will join a distinguished group of IU greats who are representing the University and our soccer program with distinction within Major League Soccer."
"I don't know if I've ever had to make a more difficult decision," Thompson said. "This past semester has been the best few months of my life. It was hard to leave such great staff, players, fans and facilities.
"However, San Jose has provided me with an opportunity to make a life-long dream come true. It has been an absolute pleasure here in Bloomington and I could not be happier with my decision to attend IU. Thank you to everyone for the unbelievable support, and I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life."
Thompson made an immediate impact in his one season at Indiana, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors despite missing six matches due to injury. A second-team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman team honoree, Thompson tied for the team lead in goals scored (five) and total points (13).
After missing the final six games of the regular season, Thompson returned to action in the Big Ten Tournament where he helped lead Indiana to its first tournament title since 2006, picking up an assist on Dylan Mares' game-winning goal vs. Michigan. Wins over the Wolverines, Penn State and Michigan State put Indiana into the NCAA Tournament for the 27th-consecutive season, where it fell in a 3-2 battle at Akron.
Thompson made 16 appearances for the Hoosiers, starting 13, and finished the season with 56 shot attempts, 28 of which were on goal. In addition to his Big Ten honors he was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, College Soccer News All-Freshman team and Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI.
His older brother Tanner is also currently a freshman on the IU squad, as they continue a family line that started with their father Gregg, who played at IU from 1978-82 and is a member of the IU Athletics Hall of Fame. The elder Thompson co-captained IU's first NCAA title team in 1982, scoring both goals in a 2-1 eight-overtime win over Duke. Their cousin, Bobby De St. Aubin, also played for the Hoosiers (2000-01).
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