Tommy Thompson's goal in the second minute of San Jose's 4-2 loss to Atlanta was a long time coming.
The former Hoosier standout broke through with a score for the first time in his four-year MLS career in the defeat. The 21-year-old took advantage of a turnover and ultimately scored on a deflected pass.
The goal ended a scoreless drought that lasted 2,633 minutes over 64 matches, 29 of which were starts.
"It feels great," Thompson told MLS.com. "I would have hoped to get my first one in a game that our team won, but to get the monkey off my back feels good and I'm looking forward to our next game."
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) July 4, 2017
Disappointed in the result but proud of the fight. Thank you for the support... and patience. Nothing like your first ⚽️
— Tommy Thompson (@tomthom11) July 5, 2017
Thompson, a 5-foot-7, 145-pound midfielder out of Loomis, California, signed a Homegrown Player contract on Jan. 22, 2014 after just one season in Bloomington. He resigned with the Earthquakes on Jan. 17, 2017.
During his brief time at Indiana Thompson scored five times and registered three assists over 16 games. Thirteen of those appearances were starts en route to being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Second-Team All-Big Ten, College Soccer News All-Freshman Team Member and Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI.
Tommy Thompson is the older brother of former Hoosier standout Tanner Thompson. Tanner was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Minnesota United on Jan. 17, 2017 but never inked a deal with the club.
Tanner currently plays for the Indy Eleven of the NASL.
Tommy Thompson and the San Jose Earthquakes are back in action July 10 in an Open Cup match against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
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