Thomas Vancaeyezeele

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Thomas Vancaeyezeele
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Vancaeyezeele playing for Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Caen, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Number 17
Youth career
2005–2011 Caen
College career
2016–2017 Charleston Golden Eagles 41 (5)
Senior career*
2011–2012 Caen II 1 (0)
2013–2014 Hérouvillais 21 (1)
2015 CD Vitoria
2016 SW Florida Adrenaline 10 (1)
2017 Mississippi Brilla 14 (2)
2018– Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 62 (4)
National team
2019– French Guiana 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 1 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:34, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Thomas Vancaeyezeele (born 27 July 1994) is a French Guianan footballer who plays as a midfielder for USL Championship club Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. [1]

French Guiana Overseas region and department of France in South America

French Guiana is an overseas department and region of France on the northern, Atlantic coast of South America in the Guianas. It borders Brazil to the east and south and Suriname to the west. French Guiana is the only territory of the mainland Americas to have chosen full integration in a European country.

Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

USL Championship Professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada

The USL Championship (USLC), is a professional men's soccer league in the United States and Canada that began its inaugural season in 2011. The USL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation as a Division II Professional League since 2017, placing it under Major League Soccer in the hierarchy. The USL is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.



Youth and college

Vancaeyezeele played for the youth sides of Stade Malherbe Caen of Ligue 1. For the 2011/2012 season he was promoted to the reserve side, making one appearance in the Championnat National 2. For the 2013/2014 season, he transferred to Hérouvillais of the Championnat National 3. During the season he made 21 appearances, scoring a single goal. [2] In February 2015, he signed on for a stint with CD Vitoria of Spain's Fifth Division. He made his debut for the club on 23 February against CD El Pilar Marianistas. [3]

Stade Malherbe Caen French association football team

Stade Malherbe Caen is a French professional football team, playing in the city of Caen in Normandy. The club was founded on 17 November 1913 by the merger of Club Malherbe Caennais and Club Sportif Caennais. The team takes its name from François de Malherbe, a 17th century poet from Caen.

Ligue 1 French professional league for association football clubs

Ligue 1, also called Ligue 1 Conforama for sponsorship reasons with Conforama, is a French professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the French football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Administrated by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1 is contested by 20 clubs and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2.

Championnat National 2 association football league

The Championnat National 2, commonly known as National 2 and formerly known as Championnat de France Amateur (CFA), is a football league competition. The league serves as the fourth tier of the French football league system behind Ligue 1, Ligue 2, and the Championnat National. Contested by 64 clubs, the Championnat National 2 operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Championnat National and the Championnat National 3, the fifth division of French football. Seasons run from August to May, with teams in four groups playing 32 games each totalling 1280 games in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended the last weekend before Christmas for two weeks before returning in the second week of January.

In 2015, Vancaeyezeele traveled to the United States to play college soccer for the Charleston Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston. Over his two season with the club, he made 41 appearances, scoring five goals. [4] The team won the school's first NCAA Division II Championship during the 2017 season, defeating the Lynn Fighting Knights 3–1 in the final. Following the match, Vancaeyezeele was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, in addition to several other accolades. [5]

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or simply America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.

College soccer form of soccer

College soccer is played by teams composed of soccer players who are enrolled in colleges and universities. While it is most widespread in the United States, it is also prominent in South Korea and Canada. The institutions typically hire full-time professional coaches and staff, although the student athletes are strictly amateur and are not paid. College soccer in the United States is sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the sports regulatory body for major universities, and by the governing bodies for smaller universities and colleges. This sport is played on a rectangular field of the dimensions of about 64m (meters) - 70m sideline to sideline (width), and 100m - 110m goal line to goal line (length).

Charleston Golden Eagles

The University of Charleston Golden Eagles are the athletic teams that represent the University of Charleston, located in Charleston, West Virginia, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Golden Eagles compete as members of the Mountain East Conference for all varsity sports except men's volleyball. Charleston was a founding member of the Mountain East following the 2013 demise of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, of which Charleston had been a member since 1924. Prior to 1978, the university was called Morris Harvey College. Charleston's main rivals are the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets.


In 2016, Vancaeyezeele played club football for the SW Florida Adrenaline of the semi-professional Premier Development League. [6] Over the course of the season, he made ten regular season appearances, scoring one goal. [7] For the 2017 season, Vancaeyezeele moved to the Mississippi Brilla, also of the PDL. During the season, he made 14 regular season appearances, scoring two goals, and a further three appearances in the playoffs. [8]

SWFL Adrenaline was an American soccer club that compete in the Premier Development League, the fourth division of American soccer. The team represents the Naples–Marco Island metro area of Florida.

Mississippi Brilla association football club

Mississippi Brilla is an amateur American soccer club based in Clinton, Mississippi, United States. Founded in 2006, the team plays in USL League Two. The team's colors are sky blue, navy and white.


After graduation from the University of Charleston, Vancaeyezeele was invited to participate in the 2018 Major League Soccer Combine. [9] However, he was not selected in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, [10] despite being projected as a potential early pick. [11]

The Major League Soccer Player Combine is a four-day annual showcase, occurring every January. This year's combine will be held during January 11–17 and will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Orlando City Stadium where future Major League Soccer players perform physical and mental tests in front of coaches, general managers, and scouts. With increasing interest in the MLS SuperDraft, the scouting combine has grown in scope and significance, allowing personnel directors to evaluate upcoming prospects in a standardized setting. Fans are allowed to attend all six matches for free.

2018 MLS SuperDraft

The 2018 MLS SuperDraft was the nineteenth SuperDraft conducted by Major League Soccer. As customary, the SuperDraft was held in conjunction with the annual United Soccer Coaches convention. The 2018 UCS was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between January 17–21, 2018. Rounds one and two of the SuperDraft were held on January 19, 2018. Rounds three and four of the 2018 SuperDraft were held via conference call on January 21, 2018.

In March 2018, Vancaeyezeele went on trial with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the United Soccer League, the second tier of the United States soccer league system. He made two preseason appearances for the team, including one against league rivals Penn FC in which he set up Romeo Parkes's game-winning goal. On 14 March 2018, he was signed to a one-year contract with a club option for an additional year. [12] He made his professional debut in the opening match of the 2018 season, a 0–0 draw at Nashville SC in which he started and played the full 90 minutes. [13] Over the first two matches of the season, Vancaeyezeele maintained the team's highest passing percentage in the offensive half and the team lead in interceptions. [14]

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC soccer team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is an American professional soccer team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1998 and beginning play in 1999, the club plays in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. Since 2013, the Riverhounds have played their home games at the 5,000-seat Highmark Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Station Square. Their current head coach is Bob Lilley. Saint Lucian international David Flavius currently holds the club records for most appearances and goals which he set over his eight seasons with the Riverhounds between 1999 and 2006. In June 2017, the Riverhounds entered into a developmental partnership with the Ocean City Nor'easters of the Premier Development League, running through the 2018 season.

United Soccer League American sports governing body

United Soccer League (USL), formerly known as United Soccer Leagues, is the organizer of several soccer leagues with teams in the United States and Canada. It includes men's and women's leagues, both professional and amateur. Leagues currently organized are the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two and the youth Super Y League. It is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation and the United States Adult Soccer Association. The USL is headquartered in Tampa.

The United States soccer league system is a series of professional and amateur soccer leagues based, in whole or in part, in the United States. Sometimes called the American soccer pyramid, teams and leagues are not linked by the system of promotion and relegation typical in soccer elsewhere. Instead, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) defines professional leagues in three levels, called divisions, with all other leagues sanctioned by USSF not having an official designated level or division.

Vancaeyezeele scored his first professional goal on 20 April 2018, Pittsburgh's second goal of a 2–2 draw away at FC Cincinnati. [15] He was then named to the USL Team of the Week for the first time for his performance in the match. [16] Vancaeyezeele scored his first U.S. Open Cup goal in a 2–1 victory over Erie Commodores FC on 16 May 2018. [17]

During his first season with the club, he made a team-high 32 starts, scoring two league goals. On 7 December 2018 it was announced that Vancaeyezeele had signed a one-year extension with the team with a club option for an additional year. [18]

International career

Vancaeyezeele was called up to by French Guiana for the first time in September 2019 for 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League B matches against Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis. He qualifies to represent the nation through family ties. [19] [20] After French Guiana was awarded a 3–0 victory over Belize when the visitors did not arrive in time for the match, [21] Vancaeyezeele made his debut, starting and playing the full match, in the eventual 2–2 draw with St. Kitts and Nevis. [22]

Career statistics


As of 1 October 2019 [23]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] ContinentalOtherTotal
Caen II 2011–12 CFA 1010
Hérouvillais 2013–14 CFA 2 21121+1+
CD Vitoria 2014–15 División de Honor de Guipúzcoa 1+0+1+0+
SW Florida Adrenaline 2016 [24] PDL 101101
Mississippi Brilla 2017 [25] PDL1423 [lower-alpha 2] 0172
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2018 USL 332111 [lower-alpha 3] 0353
2019 USL Championship2923000322
Career total109+8+4+1+0040117+9+
  1. All appearances in the U.S. Open Cup
  2. Appearances in the PDL playoffs
  3. Appearance in the USL Cup Playoffs


As of 13 October 2019 [26]
French Guiana

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