San Diego, CA (Dec. 11, 2020) – San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) announced today the signing of defender Thomas Vancaeyezeele, pending league and federation approval. Vancaeyezeele is the second new addition to SD Loyal’s growing 2021 roster.
"Thomas is widely known throughout USL as one of the best defenders in the league,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and First Team Manager, Landon Donovan. “When he became available, we jumped at the opportunity to sign him. He is versatile, intelligent and has been a winner everywhere he's played. We can't wait to see him on the field for us."
The French Guianan player, 26, most recently played for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, where he was a key starter and instrumental in the club’s success, finishing at the top in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference in 2019. During his three seasons with the Riverhounds, he earned All-USL First team honors in 2020 and All-USL Second team honors in 2019. Vancaeyezeele’s career in the USL has totaled over 80 regular-season appearances, five goals and over 7,000 minutes in regular-season play. He’s proven to be an elite defender with 194 clearances and 170 interceptions. Prior to his career in the USL, Vancaeyezeele led the University of Charleston to a NCAA Division II National Championship where he earned National Player of the Year honors.
“After three seasons with the Riverhounds, I was in need of a new challenge,” said Vancaeyezeele. “San Diego Loyal is not only going to provide that challenge, but with a team of experienced and successful players, I think we’re going to win a championship in the very near future. A championship and Coach Donovan are the reasons why I decided to sign. I can’t wait to get started!”
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Thomas Vancaeyezeele (PRONUNCIATION: VAN-KAY-YAH-ZEEL)
Hometown: Caen, France