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Thomas Vancaeyezeele Named to USL Championship Team of the Week

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May 28, 2024 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Hartford Athletic News Release

Thomas Vancaeyezeele has been named to USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 12. This is Hartford’s seventh selection to Team of the Week, as Vancayzeele joins Deshane Beckford and Triston Hodge (Week Five), Anderson Asiedu and Paul Walters (Week Three), and Romario Williams (Week One) on the club’s impressive list through the 2024 season so far.

Vancaeyezeele was an offensive asset for Hartford from start to finish in their home match against Monterey Bay on Saturday night, assisting both of the team’s goals to propel Hartford to a 2-1 victory. In the first half, Vancaeyezeele carried the ball through Monterey Bay’s offensive third and sent a perfectly weighted ball to Michee Ngalina whose shot deflected off of Monterey Bay’s Kai Greene and past Antony Siaha.

The defender didn’t break stride in the second half, contributing another assist just minutes into play to give Hartford the lead. Vancaeyezeele controlled the ball in the middle of Monterey’s box and laid off a short ball into space to Deshane Beckford who finished off Hartford’s second goal. Athletic held the lead the rest of the way, as Vancaeyezeele’s

Vancaeyezeele’s exceptional ball control and strategic distribution drove Hartford to a comeback victory against their Western Conference opponent.

The defender has started and played every game for the Green and Blue this season, contributing 900 minutes on the field, the most of the entire team.

USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 12

GK – Koke Vegas, Rhode Island FC: The Spanish shot-stopper posted a three-save shutout, claimed three crosses and had one punched clearance as RIFC earned a point at home against Louisville City FC.

D – Lucas Stauffer, El Paso Locomotive FC: Stauffer had a strong performance on the right side for Locomotive in its victory against Charleston, winning 4 of 4 tackles and 8 of 11 duels while making 10 recoveries and three interceptions at Patriots Point.

D – Oscar Jimenez, Memphis 901 FC: The Championship veteran scored his first goal for Memphis in the side’s 2-0 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and won one tackle while recording two interceptions and two clearances at AutoZone Park.

D – Abdi Mohamed, New Mexico United: The Somalian international put in a solid defensive display in New Mexico’s victory against San Antonio FC, winning 7 of 8 duels and 2 of 2 tackles while completing 36 of 50 passes at Isotopes Park.

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