Thompson Drafted by Toronto FC in Supplemental Draft
Jan. 18, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Senior midfielder Spencer Thompson (Shelbytown, Mich.) joined his MSU teammate Colin Givens as draft picks by Major League Soccer. Thompson was selected in the second round, 26th overall, by Toronto FC in the 2011 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Thompson trained with Toronto FC in the summer of 2010 before his senior season, then served as a team captain as he helped lead the Spartans to a record of 13-7-2 and to the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
"I am so very happy for Spencer and his family," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "He has been one of the most honest soccer players I have coached. He comes and trains hard every practice and plays hard every game. On top of that, he has a good soccer brain and a very technical player. Those attributes will serve him very well as he starts his professional career. I wish him all the best."
Thompson, who was a member of the All-Big Tenirst Team both his junior and senior seasons, registered a total of nine goals and 20 assists in his career at Michigan State. His eight assists this past season were good for a team high. Thompson proved to be a valuable player for the Spartans in all four years that he has played for the Green and White - he started every game since his sophomore year and is tied for seventh in Michigan State's record book for career assists with 20.
This season, the midfielder was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com and CollegeSoccerNews.com's Teams of the Week (Sept. 13) after posting seven points on two goals and three assists in two games against Providence College (4-0) and Niagara (4-1).
Thompson helped the Spartans back to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time since the late 1960's, and was a member of the first class in Spartan history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each season of their four-year playing careers. This past fall, the Spartans knocked off Oakland (2-0) and previously undefeated Butler (1-0) before allowing a late equalizer against North Carolina (1-1) and falling, 5-4, on penalty kicks.
Thompson and fellow classmate, senior back Colin Givens, trained with the Toronto FC in the summer of 2010, prior to their senior seasons. Givens was selected in the second round, 36th overall, by the Colorado Rapids in the MLS SuperDraft on January 13th. Thompson becomes the seventh Spartan to be taken in the MLS drafts since 2005, joining John Minagawa-Webster (2005), Ryan McMahen (2006), Kevin Reiman (2008) and Rauwshan McKenzie (2008), Doug DeMartin (2009), and Givens (2011).
"Spencer has been in the starting line up since day one of his freshman year. Over the past four years, he and Colin have had an opportunity to play against most of the top programs in the country. I believe those games along with the training environment here at MSU has prepared them well for Major League Soccer. I know the Michigan State Soccer Family is looking forward to following both Spencer and Colin's professional
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