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Stanford's Thomas joins U23 men's soccer team in Utah

 
Stanford's Andrew Thomas has been called to the U23 men's national soccer team for the second time in two weeks. Photo by Maciek Gudrymowicz/ISIphotos.com.

Stanford men's soccer redshirt freshman goalkeeper Andrew Thomas was called to the U.S. U-23 men’s national team by head coach Jason Kreis for a training camp in Herriman, Utah that began Sunday.

The Utah camp comes two weeks after Thomas and 12 other U-23 MNT players joined the senior national team in Annapolis for a combined summer training camp from May 26-June 2.


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Thomas had a superb first season in goal for the Cardinal, which finished eighth in the nation in team goals against average (0.625) in 2018.

He was ninth individually in that category with a conference-leading 0.626 goals against average and also was third in the country in save percentage (.854), sixth in solo shutouts (11) and 13th in total saves (82).

Thomas made a season best 11 stops in Stanford's third-round scoreless draw at Saint Mary's on Nov. 25 and stopped the Gaels' first penalty kick in the shootout, which the Cardinal eventually won 4-2.

He earned spots on the Top Drawer Soccer Freshmen Best XI first team and College Soccer News All-Freshman first team at season's end in addition to landing on the All-Pac-12 first team.

An engineering physics major, Thomas was born in Moscow, raised in London and holds triple citizenship (United Kingdom, United States, Russia).

The nation’s most successful collegiate men’s soccer program over the last half-decade, Stanford has won three of the last four NCAA titles, five consecutive Pac-12 championships and posted a 77-14-18 (.789) overall record since 2014.

The Cardinal returns nine starters to a team that went 12-4-5 in 2018 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.

— Staff report

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