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Tommy Thompson the coach: San Jose Earthquakes defender releases YouTube skill videos

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After helping kickstart the #StayAtHome skills challenge, Tommy Thompson continues to offer resources for players who are house-ridden during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thompson, a San Jose Earthquakes defender, recently shared dozens of skill tutorial videos on YouTube. The videos range from a few seconds in length to over a minute. Each exercise just requires a ball, a few cones and some open space. 

Thompson, 24, signed a Homegrown Player deal with the Earthquakes before the 2014 season. He’s since made 125 first-team appearances with three goals and five assists and has enjoyed a breakout role under head coach Matias Almeyda.

Ever-active in the community, now Thompson is putting his coach hat on to help youngsters keep their skills sharp as they await soccer's return.


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