My name is Thomas Verhaar and I’m 27 years old. I come from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I am a winger/attacking midfielder. Until my 18th I played for my first club VOC Rotterdam and after that I got asked to play in the academy of first Sparta Rotterdam and after that Willem II, both Premier League clubs at that time. That didn’t turn out the way I hoped and so I went back to VOC Rotterdam. I played there for 4 years and between the 3rd and 4th year I played for the Houston Dutch Lions FC. Right now I am playing for Sparta Rotterdam in the Jupiler League (2nd Division).
And friend of mine ended his pro career and he wanted to go on a foreign adventure. He contacted the Houston Dutch Lions FC and they told him that they were looking for a winger, that’s when he informed me.
Houston Dutch Lions FC in 2013.
I lived in place north of Houston called “the Woodlands” a very beautiful place.
It was an unforgettable and really great experience.
I’m very happy that I’ve had the chance to experience the American sports mentality. Every player in America is much more educated because of the American education/sports system. This makes the mentality much more professional.
The games in Austin against the Austin Aztex were great. Austin is such a great city and the atmosphere was great.
Most of all I’m happy that I had the experience of living and playing soccer in another country and I really hope that I can go back to the United States some time in my career.
I thought it was a great opportunity to enrich my career with such a great experience.
First I want to build my career in the Netherlands and get a lot of success at Sparta and in the future I hope to go back to the United States with the MLS as ambition.
Keep that dream alive and make sure you will do everything to make those dreams come true!!