From North Vancouver, BC, midfielder Thomas Gardner joined Whitecaps FC Residency in Sept. 2011 after playing on Metro Vancouver’s North Shore and in the ‘Caps Prospects program.
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From 2007 to 2011, Gardner was a member of Whitecaps FC Prospects, where he trained under Residency staff coach Bart Choufour.
Gardner has been in soccer since a very early age. As a member of the Lynn Valley Soccer Association in North Vancouver, BC, the midfielder played from U-6 to U-12 levels for the club between 2003 and 2009. In the 2010-11 season, Gardner played for the U-14 B team of the North Shore Premier Player Program. The midfielder also represented his home province of British Columbia at the U-13 level.
As a student on the North Shore, Gardner attended Upper Lynn Elementary School from 2003 to 2011. The midfielder currently attends Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC.
Gardner’s favourite soccer team is Spanish and European giants FC Barcelona, while his favourite player is Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi. He dreams of one day playing in Barcelona’s famous Camp Nou stadium. When not playing soccer, the midfielder enjoys the sport of hockey and has a pre-game superstition of putting his soccer gear on his right side first, followed by his left side. His favourite food of choice is ribs.