VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday that striker Thomas Sanner has been added to the club’s United Soccer League (USL) roster with Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2). Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re excited to welcome Thomas to the team,” said WFC2 head coach Alan Koch. “He is a classic target striker who had a strong goalscoring record in university. We look forward to having him provide increased competition in our squad.”
The 22-year-old joins the ‘Caps after completing his degree in politics at Princeton University. Sanner was selected in the second round (36th overall) by Whitecaps FC in this year’s MLS SuperDraft after playing four seasons with Princeton in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Ivy League.
Over the course of his collegiate career, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound striker started 50 of his 64 appearances with the Tigers, recording 32 goals and 15 assists. During his senior season in 2015, Sanner was unanimously named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 13 goals and tying for the lead with five assists. Overall, he was fourth in the NCAA in points per game.
The native of Indianapolis, Indiana received a number of other accolades in his university career, including First Team All-Ivy League in both 2015 and 2013, as well as NSCAA First Team All-East Region and First Team All-ECAC in 2015. During his freshman season in 2012, he was Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Prior to college, Sanner attended North Central High School in Indianapolis and was named First Team All-State and All-Region in 2011.
At the youth club level, Sanner played for Indiana United Fire Academy.
Weight: 195 pounds
Date of Birth: May 20, 1994 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: Princeton University
How Acquired: Selected 36th overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Whitecaps FC. Signed to Whitecaps FC 2 on Friday, June 17, 2016.