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 27)
Place of birth Caen, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Number 27
Youth career
2005–2011 Caen
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2016–2017 Charleston Golden Eagles 41 (5)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
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)
2018–2020 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 78 (5)
2021 San Diego Loyal 7 (0)
2021–2022 Birmingham Legion 29 (1)
2022 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 (0)
National team
2019– French Guiana 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 5, 2021
‡ 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 defender for USL Championship club Tampa Bay Rowdies and the French Guiana national team.

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Career

Youth and college

Vancaeyezeele played for the youth sides of Stade Malherbe Caen of Ligue 1. For the 201112 season he was promoted to the reserve side, making one appearance in the Championnat National 2. For the 201314 season, he transferred to Hérouvillais of the Championnat National 3. During the season he made 21 appearances, scoring a single goal. [1] 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. [2]

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. [3] 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. [4]

Semi-professional

In 2016, Vancaeyezeele played club football for the SW Florida Adrenaline of the semi-professional Premier Development League. [5] Over the course of the season, he made ten regular season appearances, scoring one goal. [6] 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. [7]

Professional

After graduation from the University of Charleston, Vancaeyezeele was invited to participate in the 2018 Major League Soccer Combine. [8] However, he was not selected in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, [9] despite being projected as a potential early pick. [10]

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. [11] 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. [12] 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. [13]

Vancaeyezeele scored his first professional goal on 20 April 2018, Pittsburgh's second goal of a 2–2 draw away at FC Cincinnati. [14] He was then named to the USL Team of the Week for the first time for his performance in the match. [15] Vancaeyezeele scored his first U.S. Open Cup goal in a 2–1 victory over Erie Commodores FC on 16 May 2018. [16]

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. [17]

On 12 December 2020, Vancaeyezeele moved to USL Championship side San Diego Loyal ahead of the 2021 season. [18] On July 8, 2021 he switched to fellow USL Championship club Birmingham Legion. [19]

On May 26, 2022, the Tampa Bay Rowdies announced that they had acquired Vancaeyezeele from Birmingham Legion for an international slot and an undisclosed fee. [20]

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. [21] [22] After French Guiana was awarded a 3–0 victory over Belize when the visitors did not arrive in time for the match, [23] Vancaeyezeele made his debut, starting and playing the full match, in the eventual 2–2 draw with St. Kitts and Nevis. [24]

Career statistics

Club

As of 1 October 2019 [25]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] ContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
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 [26] PDL 101101
Mississippi Brilla 2017 [27] PDL1423 [lower-alpha 2] 0172
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2018 USL 332111 [lower-alpha 3] 0353
2019 USL Championship2923000322
Total624410010675
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

International

As of 13 October 2019 [28]
French Guiana
YearAppsGoals
201930
Total30

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