USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Monday, November 23, 2015
The 2015 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament is in full swing, as the field was reduced to the Sweet 16 on Sunday as some of the top prospects in the country helped their teams take another step toward the College Cup in Kansas City, Kan. next month.
A year ago, Toronto FC II’s Skylar Thomas was in the thick of the action for Syracuse, as he helped the Orange reach the third round before they fell in overtime to Georgetown. With the USL season concluded, Thomas made the trip back on campus to see his former teammates claim the ACC Championship, and is rooting for the team from afar as it reached the third round in this year’s tournament with a win against Dartmouth on Sunday.
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His time at Syracuse under Coach Ian McIntyre had a strong influence on Thomas’ game as he made the transition to the professional ranks.
“Syracuse taught me to be strong,” Thomas told Rob Enslin for a recent story for Syracuse’s Arts and Sciences website. “Coach McIntyre has a lot of passion for the game - probably more than most players I know - and has showed me how to anticipate and make plays, as they unfold. He stresses the importance of visual and vocal communication.”
Now, Thomas will be hoping forward standout Ben Polk - who helped K-W United FC to the PDL Championship this summer - and the Orange can keep their run going to Children’s Mercy Park when they host Seattle University on Sunday.“Seeing Syracuse win was a big moment for me,” Thomas said of the side’s ACC Championship. “I was really proud of our boys. In a way, it was also a victory for those of us who came before them.”