Team of the Matchday: Josef, Hany & Espinoza ball out in Matchday 11
Two past Landon Donovan MLS MVPs, as well as an early 2023 candidate, lead the latest Team of the Matchday presented by Audi.
Erik Thommy signed with Sporting Kansas City on June 23, 2022, as a summer transfer following a four-year stint with Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart. He recorded 42 goals and 33 assists across nine seasons in his native Germany—including nine goals, 14 assists and 96 appearances in the Bundesliga, one of the top leagues in the world. As a youth player, Thommy developed in academies at SV Kleinbeuren (2000-2002), SSV Ulm (2002-2009) and TSG Thannhausen (2009-2010) before moving to FC Augsburg, where he competed in the U-17 and U-19 Bundesliga. He signed for FC Augsburg II in 2013 and punctuated his debut professional season by notching 18 goals and five assists in the fourth-division Regionalliga, also making his Bundesliga debut with Augsburg’s senior team as a 19-year-old in February 2014.
Capable of playing in an advanced midfield role or on the wing, Thommy launched his professional career with FC Augsburg in 2014 before going on loan to FC Kaiserslautern (2014-2016) and Jahn Regensburg (2016-2017). The right-footed player joined VfB Stuttgart in 2017, starred for Fortuna Dusseldorf during a successful loan spell in 2019-2020, and ended his time at Stuttgart this spring by appearing in each of the club’s last six matches of the 2021-2022 campaign.
2022: Sporting Kansas City: Signed with Sporting on June 23. Named Co-Newcomer of the Year with forward Willy Agada. Received two MLS Team of the Week Selections for week 27 and Week 31. MLS Regular Season: Started 10 of 12 appearances, scored three goals and added two assists (887 minutes played). Debuted for Sporting on July 23 against LAFC, playing 61 minutes. Scored his first MLS goal against the LA Galaxy on Aug. 6 in a 4-2 Sporting KC win. Netted the third goal in a 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Aug. 21. Picked up a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Minnesota United on Sept. 17, scoring the second goal and setting up Willy Agada's second score. Assisted Graham Zusi's goal against FC Dallas on MLS Decision Day on Oct. 9. Open Cup: Started one Open Cup match (83 minutes played).
VfB Stuttgart (2021):
Rejoined Stuttgart where he made nine total appearances, scored one goal and added two assists.
Fortuna Dusseldorf (2020):
Went out on loan to Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf where he appeared in all 34 matches. He netted six goals and gathered five assists in league play. Made three DFB Pokal appearances and assisted on one goal in the tournament.
VfB Stuttgart (2018-2019):
Finished his time with Augsburg making six appearances before transferring to VfB Stuttgart in the middle of the 2018-19 season. Went on to make 14 appearances for his new club, scoring two goals and adding six assists in his first season with Stuttgart. Made 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring once and tallying three assists the following year.
Jahn Regensburg (2017):
In 2017 he spent the entire season loaned out from Augsburg to third-division outfit Jahn Regensburg. Tallied eight goals and seven assists across 37 appearances. Thommy’s standout performances during the season helped Jahn Regensburg gain promotion to the second-division 2 Bundesliga.
FC Augsburg (2014-2016):
Debuted in the Bundesliga on Feb. 16, 2014, at home against FC Nuremberg. For the second team, Thommy showed out in his first professional season, scoring 18 goals and adding five assists. Over the next two seasons, he split time between Augsburg and Kaiserslautern who he was on loan with. In 2015 he made nine appearances for Ausbrug, scoring and assisting once and made six appearances for Kaiserslautern where he scored once. The following season was the same as he made 14 appearances for Ausbrug, scoring on four occasions, and made six appearances for Kaiserslautern.
Developed in academies at SV Kleinbeuren (2000-2002), SSV Ulm (2002-2009) and TSG Thannhausen (2009-2010) before moving to FC Augsburg, where he competed in the U-17 and U-19 Bundesliga. He signed for FC Augsburg II in 2013 and punctuated his debut professional season by notching 18 goals and five assists in the fourth-division Regionalliga