From North Vancouver, BC, midfielder Thomas Gardner joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after playing on Metro Vancouver’s North Shore and in the ‘Caps Prospects program. Signed his first professional contract with Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) in the United Soccer League on August 26, 2015.
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUE
2015: Made two substitute appearances for WFC2, including his professional debut on September 6 at home to Sacramento Republic FC at Thunderbird Stadium.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC PROSPECTS
From 2007 to 2011, Gardner was a member of Whitecaps FC Prospects, where he trained under Residency staff coach Bart Choufour.
2014: Called up to Canada's U-16 men's national team for the Montaigu tournament in France with games against France, Turkey, and Ivory Coast. 2013: Gardner was called up as part of a 30-player group assembled for a three-day prospects evaluation for the U-15 Canadian men’s national team. The camp was held from June 4 through June 6 in Montreal, Quebec. He was also named to Canada's Men's U-15 20-man roster for the 2013 Copa Mexico de Naciones which took place in Mexico City from August 10 to 18.
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. He then joined the Whitecaps FC Prospects team from 2007-2011 before progressing upto the U-16 squad. The midfielder also represented his home province of British Columbia at the U-13 level, and he was a member of the U-15 Canadian National Team as well.
As a student on the North Shore, Gardner attended Upper Lynn Elementary School from 2003 to 2011. The midfielder currently attends Burnaby Central Secondary School in Burnaby, BC, in the 10th grade.
The 5-foot-8 midfielder's favourite soccer team is German club, Borussia Dortmund, while his favourite player is their talented midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan. He dreams of one day playing in Barcelona’s famous Camp Nou stadium. When not playing soccer, the midfielder enjoys swimming, skiing, and biking. His favourite food of choice is ribs.