San Jose Earthquakes and Former Dragon Ty Thompson Living Out His Dream
National Champion Winning Midfielder Right at Home in the Bay Area
Former Burlingame Dragon midfield stalwart Ty Thompson has been a busy man as of late. This past December, the Sacramento, CA native was the co-captain of the NCAA National Champion winning Stanford Cardinal becoming the first former Dragon to win a NCAA National Championship (alongside fellow 2015 Dragon’s teammate Brian Nana-Sinkam). In January, he became the first former Dragon to be drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 3rd Round(69th pick overall) of the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Burlingamedragons.com was fortunate enough to catch up with Thompson recently and he took the time to answer a few questions for Dragons fans about his time with the organization and the exciting developments in his life.
Dragons: Can you describe your emotions when you finally saw your name up on the board (of the MLS SuperDraft)?
Thompson: “I was ecstatic. I could not believe that I got drafted to my dream team. Playing at the highest level was always a goal of mine as a young kid, and it was amazing to finally see it come true.”
Can you briefly discuss the role your Dragons career played as a part of your whole path towards this moment?
“The Dragons PDL experience provided me with the spring board to go into my college season fit and sharp. The Dragons also prepared me to go into my senior season confident and ready to lead. A huge part of my opportunity to play at the next level was because of a great senior year, which would not have been possible without the Dragons.”
“The Dragons also had a very professional set up. Whether it was the venue, the equipment, the coaching staff, the owners, everything was a class act. The professionalism of that environment helped develop me as a player but also as a person.”
How does it feel to know you will be spending the beginning of your professional career in San Jose (Northern California)?
“I feel at home here in the Bay Area. This is where I played my college soccer, and this is just a couple hours away from where I played my club soccer. Being close to family and friends makes the transition from collegiate level to professional level that much smoother.”
The Dragons organization wishes Thompson the best as he embarks on the beginning of his professional career. He will always have a home in Burlingame as we are proud to call him Dragons alumni.