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17-Thomas Vancaeyezeele

Position:   Midfielder
Birthdate:   7/27/1994
Hometown:   Caen, France
Height:   5'11''
Weight:   180
Twitter:   @Vankizii 

Setting a single-season club record in minutes (2,909) as a rookie in 2018, Thomas Vancaeyezeele returns to Riverhounds SC in 2019.

In 2018, Vancaeyezeele played all over the field for the Hounds, including attacking and holding roles in the midfield, in addition to the center and outside positions of the squad’s backline. He registered two goals and one assist while starting 32 of his 33 appearances.

From 2016-17, Vancaeyezeele anchored the backline for the University of Charleston (WV). Named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 2017, the defender helped the Golden Eagles to their first national championship in school history. He started all 24 of his games played and recorded four goals plus two assists en route to United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America, First Team All-Mountain East Conference and Mountain East Conference Defender of the Year honors. In 2016, the defender started 15 of his 17 appearances and netted one goal.

While competing at Charleston, Vancaeyezeele also played for Mississippi Brilla FC of the Premier Development League (now known as USL League Two) in 2017. He logged two goals and three assists in 14 appearances.

The Caen, France native began his soccer career with fourth-tier club Stade Malherbe Caen II of the French Championnat National 2 during its 2011-12 season. He later joined Hérodville of the Championnat National 3 for its 2013-14 campaign, when he posted 20 games played for the fifth-tier team.