T2 opened their season on Sunday with 3-1 victory over Real Monarchs and a late-game stunner against Sacramento Republic, to defeat the defending USL champions 2-1. With so many new faces, we will be profiling the 20 players signed or loaned to the USL side.
We continue with defender Andy Thoma.
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: April 29, 1993
Hometown: Los Alamos, NM
Last Club: Portland Timbers (MLS)
College: University of Washington
Thoma, 21, joins T2 after being drafted by the Timbers in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, out of the University of Washington.
A three-year starter for the Huskies, Thoma made 80 appearances (68 starts), including each match he appear in over the last three seasons, netting 1 goal and adding 7 assists. Named to the NSCAA Third Team All-American, NSCAA All-Far West First Team, and All-Pacific 12 Conference Second Team as a senior in 2014, and an All-Pacific 12 Honorable Mention as a junior in 2013 and was a college teammate of Taylor Peay (2011-2013) and Brent Richards (2011).
Thoma also appeared appeared for the Washington Crossfire of the PDL, where he made 25 appearances, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists, while donning the Timbers U23s jersey during MLS All Star Weekend during the MLS Homegrown Game alongside Kharlton Belmar and against Steven Evans.
Thoma is off to a promising start with T2, having started both of the USL matches at left back, providing the assist on Rundell Winchester's goal against Real Monarchs, as well as at right back against the University of Portland.
Thoma has all the attributes that both Caleb Porter and Jay Vidovich want from their left back: blazing speed and a strong cross in from the left, which he has shown off in his appearances so far this season, and should his performances continue, current first team left backs Jorge Villafaña and Jeanderson could feel some heat coming their way.
Highlights from Thoma's time at Washington can be found below: