Tommy Thompson finally got his chance.
On Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the forward made his first ever start for the San Jose Earthquakes as the club grabbed a road point in a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders. As head coach Mark Watson has said repeatedly in recent weeks, the Quakes had no intensions of rushing the talented Thompson.
Instead, injuries to Yannick Djalo and Matias Perez Garcia altered that timeline. Against the Sounders, the rookie looked right at home leading the attack along side Chris Wondolowski.
“Overall it was a great performance,” said Watson. “He just turned 19 and didn’t seem intimidated by the situation at all. I thought he had a great night.”
In the 30th minute, Wondolowski teed up Thompson inside the box, but his shot found the hands of Sounders goal keeper Stefan Frei.
“He’s a great guy to have with you up top and I thought that showed in today’s game,” said Thompson of the squad’s all-time leading scorer.
In the 70th minute, Thompson nearly produced what would have been the go-ahead goal, but instead sent his strike just wide of the post.
“[Thompson] had a couple great moments and started a couple of dangerous attacking opportunities,” said Watson.
Note: All quotes courtesy of the San Jose Earthquakes Media Relations.