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HISTORY

Club Highlights
May 1993: The Richmond Kickers are formed and take part in their first season in the USISL’s Atlantic Division.  The University of Richmond campus is used as the site for the Kickers home games.

July 1994:  The Kickers end a disappointing second season as they finish with a 6-12 record.  They are coached by John Kerr, Sr., father of former US National Team member John Kerr, Jr.

August 11, 1995:  The Kickers win the USISL Premier League Championship with a 3-1 victory over the Cocoa Expos.  This Kickers team contained future MLS players such as Brian Kamler, Richie Williams, Mike Clark, Todd Yeagley, Brian Bates, and Jeff Causey.

August 27, 1995:  The Kickers complete the second half of the “double” by winning the US Open Cup at El Paso’s Sportsplex against the host in front of 7,378 people.  Richmond defeats the El Paso Patriots in a shootout after regulation and overtime end in a 1-1 draw.  They are the only USISL team to ever win the double and the their team in history to win the double.  They are coached by Dennis Viollet, the former Manchester United forward who racked up 178 goals during his career.  The Kickers also are awarded the 1995 Franchise of the Year.

August 1996:  The Kickers hosted the USISL Select League Sizzlin’ Six Playoffs in Richmond.  Making the second consecutive league final, the Kickers suffered a shoot-out loss to the California Jaguars in the title match.

September 1997:  In Game Three (a 30 minute mini-game) of the first round of the playoffs, the Kickers lose to the Carolina Dynamo in a shootout.  The Kickers lost Game One 2-1 at home and won 4-1 in Greensboro.

November 1998:  The Kickers win the USL Progress Award by improving on and off the field in 1998 to become one of the best franchises in the A-League.

September 5, 1999:  Kickers retire the #13 jersey of Leigh Cowlishaw who has contributed to the organization since its inception in 1993.

June 14, 2000:  The Kickers come away with a 3-0 victory in their second round US Open Cup match versus the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS).  At the end of the season, the Kickers are awarded the USL’s Organization of the Year trophy.

January 10, 2001:  The Kickers announce their entry into the rapidly expanding Super Y-League.  Three teams will be fielded, one each in U-14, U-16, and U-18 Boys age brackets.  The U-18’s qualify for the national tournament. 

December 17, 2001:  The addition of the Richmond Kickers Future (PDL) to the Kickers’ family of teams is announced.  The path form recreational soccer, to travel soccer, through college/PDL and into professional soccer is now available through one organization.

September 21, 2002: The Kickers defeat the defending champion Rochester Raging Rhinos in the Conference Finals to claim the Eastern Conference Championship.   

September 28, 2002: After a tremendous playoff run with upsets over Charleston and Rochester, the Richmond Kickers fall in double overtime in the A-League final to the Milwaukee Rampage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

November 8, 2002: United Soccer Leagues announce that the Kickers will be inducted into the USL Hall of Fame as members of the 10+ Club Category, alongside 11 franchises.  The Kickers are doubly honored as former Head Coach Dennis Viollet will be inducted in the Coaches category.

December 16, 2003: The Kickers unveiled the name of the W-League team, the newest addition to the club.  The Richmond Kickers Destiny is set to take the field in May 2004 under the guidance of Head Coach Ihor Dotsenko.

July 21, 2004:  The Kickers posted a 2-1 upset Major League Soccer powerhouse DC United in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on two goals by rookie forward McColm Cephas.  Advancing to the tournaments Quarterfinals, the Kickers suffered a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire (MLS) on August 4th.

November 2004: Awarded to the team with the least number of disciplinary points at the end of the season, the Kickers take home the USL Fair Play Award, marking the first year that the Kickers received this award. 

December 9, 2004: Star forward and Richmond legend Rob Ukrop announces his plans to retire from professional soccer after an 11-year career with the Kickers.  An instrumental figure on the Kickers roster since the club’s inception, Ukrop made 222 career appearances, tallying 69 goals and 29 assists for 167 points.

June 15, 2005: The Richmond Kickers Future (PDL) qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in franchise history, hosting the Baltimore Colts FC (USASA) in the First Round. 
Currently with an undefeated record of 7-0-1, the Future qualified for tournament play after victories over the West Virginia Chaos, Carolina Dynamo, Virginia Legacy and Raleigh CASL Elite.

July 19, 2005: Ten seasons after winning the U.S. Open Cup title, the Kickers set a modern era U.S. Open Cup record after defeating the Ocean City Barons in the Third Round by a scoreline of 8-4.  The twelve goal total established several franchise records including most goals in a home match (8), most goals in a U.S. Open Cup match (8) and most assists an a U.S. Open Cup match (7). 

July 31, 2005: The Richmond Kickers Future secured the Premier Development League Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in the team’s four-year history.  After finishing the regular season at the top of the Mid-Atlantic Division table with a career best 12-2-2 record under the guidance of Head Coach Martin Dell, the Future ousted the Ocean City Barons, 5-4, in the back-and-forth Eastern Conference Semi-Finals before ejecting Mid-Atlantic Division rivals Raleigh CASL Elite, 2-1, in the Conference Finals.

September 3, 2005:  The Kickers acknowledge Rob Ukrop’s contributions to the club, on and off the field by retiring his #6 jersey.  An eleven-year Kickers veteran, Ukrop announced his retirement from professional soccer in December 2004.  

October 1, 2005:  Finishing sixth in the USL First Division regular season standings, the Kickers barely make the playoffs but make a come-back in postseason play, advancing to the USL-1 Final in Seattle.  A 1-1 tie leads to a penalty kick shootout, with the Kickers falling just short of the Championship title, losing 4-3 to the Seattle Sounders.

October 25, 2005: The Kickers announce the decision to realign with the USL Second Division after nine seasons in the top flight.  The USL Second Division serves as the foundation of the professional structure and its regional focus allows professional soccer to exist in smaller markets, while providing premium soccer and exciting competition.

November 2005:  General Manager Paul Sterbenz takes the USL First Division Executive of the Year award at the USL Annual Awards Banquet.

July 30, 2006: The Richmond Kickers Destiny of the USL W-League were ousted from the Central Conference Final, 1-0, by the Charlotte Lady Eagles on Sunday after a 2-0 semi-final win over the conference’s top-seeded Michigan Hawks.  Under the direction of Head Coach Jesse Myers, the Destiny qualified for their first ever playoff berth, concluding the 2006 regular season with a career best record of 9-4-1, good for second place in the Atlantic Division.

August 12, 2006:  Concluding the season with an 8-0 win over the New Hampshire Phantoms, the Kickers take the USL Second Division Regular Season title with an overall record of 15-4-4.

August 25, 2006: The USL Second Division Scoring Champion and Goal Scoring Champion, Robert Ssejjemba was awarded USL2 Most Valuable Player while goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale garnered the USL Second Division Goalkeeper of the Year award.

August 26, 2006:  After defeating the Cincinnati Kings 2-1 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second leg of the two-game, aggregate score USL2 Semifinals, the Kickers host the Charlotte Eagles in the USL Second Division Championship.  The Kickers claimed their second league title (third overall) with a 2-1 win over the Eagles in the USL2 final in Richmond.

November 18, 2006: The Richmond Kickers were named USL Second Division Organization of the Year at the USL Annual General Meeting, receiving the honor for the third time in franchise history.

May 1, 2007: Due to the overwhelming support of the Richmond community, the Richmond Kickers were able to raise $21,189 for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund through an exhibition match with the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team.  Nearly 4,000 fans were treated to an exciting night of professional soccer as the Kickers narrowly defeated the Hokies 3-2.

July 4, 2007: The Richmond Kickers were accepted into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy during the 2007 season, joining top youth soccer clubs in the U.S. in an extended National Team program, emphasizing the development of the players by improving their daily environment. 

July 10, 2007:  Making world news, the Richmond Kickers oust the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer from this year’s U.S. Open Cup tournament, weeks before the historic arrival of superstar David Beckham.  Kickers forward David Bulow tallied the lone goal in the 1-0 Open Cup win.

August 2, 2007:  Richmond Kickers Destiny player/coach Jaclyn Raveia garners the W-League Defender of the Year award, marking the first league award received by a Destiny player.  Forward Jen Parsons joined Raveia on the All-Conference and All-League teams. 

August 11, 2007:  The Kickers capture the USL Second Division Regular Season title for the second consecutive year, concluding the season with a 1-1 draw against expansion franchise Cleveland City Stars.  Undefeated at home, the Kickers boast a 12-3-5 record. 

August 24, 2007: Midfielder and captain Mike Burke was named USL2 Most Valuable Player at the USL2 Championship awards banquet.  Meanwhile goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale took the USL2 Goalkeeper of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

August 25, 2007: Hosting the USL Second Division Championship for the second straight season, the Kickers advanced to the title match after a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Eagles in the Semifinal round.  Making their fourth Championship appearance in six years, the Kickers fell just short of defending their title when a 1-1 draw led to a penalty kick shootout, resulting in an 8-7 decision.

November 7, 2007: United Soccer Leagues announced former Kickers forward Rob Ukrop will be inducted into the USL Hall of Fame as the President’s Selection, established by Francisco Marcos last year. 

November 9, 2007: United Soccer Leagues announced recently the preliminary Super Y-League First and Second 11 Club rankings for the 2007 season, recognizing the Richmond Kickers as one of the top competitive and administrative clubs.  The Richmond Kickers Super Y-League program ranks ninth on the Second 11 list on both the overall Clubs and Girls categories. 

November 17, 2007: Richmond receives the USL Organization of the Year Award consecutively after leading and hosting back-to-back USL2 Championships, taking the award for the fourth time in franchise history.  The Richmond Kickers Destiny garnered the USL W-League Communications Award, marking the first league honor during the Destiny’s four-year history.  The Communication award recognizes the W-League team who most effectively communicates with both local and national media and its fans.

January 22, 2008: The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club and the Poseidon Swimming Foundation today announced plans to build a state-of-the-art sports complex in Chesterfield County featuring six new athletic fields and a full-scale aquatics center. The new complex will allow both organizations to continue using athletics to teach life skills, teamwork, and character development.  The complex will be located at the intersection of Chippenham Parkway and Route 10.

April 3, 2008: The Richmond Kickers announce a partnership with Richmond’s new indoor sports facility, Sports Center Of Richmond (SCOR).  The new partnership will facilitate the addition of a Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) indoor soccer franchise, Richmond Kickers Indoor, under the Kickers player development umbrella.

April 15, 2008: Former Kickers forward Ricky Schramm has signed as a Developmental Player with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, marking the 21st player to advance from Richmond to MLS.

June 2008: The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club U-11 through U-14 Elite Teams were awarded the VCCL Club Champions title for the Spring 2008 season.  The Championship came down to the wire as the Kickers fought off a strong challenge from SOCA with a resounding victory over Roanoke on the last weekend of play.  For the first time in history, the Kickers ended up claiming the Boys, Girls and Club Titles.  The U-13 Boys, U-12 Girls, U-13 Girls and U-14 Girls all finished as Division Champions.

August 2008: The Richmond Kickers concluded the 2008 campaign with a regular season record of 14-4-2 and 44 points, good for a first-place tie in the USL Second Division, alongside the Charlotte Eagles (13-2-5, 44 points).  Despite finishing with the most wins in the league, the Kickers narrowly missed claiming the Regular Season Champion title for the third consecutive year as the Eagles took the tiebreaker based on head-to-head games played. 

August 18, 2008:  The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that midfielder Mike Burke and midfielder/defender Sascha Görres garnered USL-2 All-League First Team honors.  Two-time Goalkeeper of the Year Ronnie Pascale joined defender Trevor McEachron on the All-League Second Team. 

August 18, 2008: USL announced that midfielder Mike Burke is a Finalist for the USL-2 Most Valuable Player Award while defender Sascha Görres is up for Defender of the Year.  Midfielder Stanley Nyazamba is a Rookie of the Year Finalist while head coach Leigh Cowlishaw is in the running for Coach of the Year. 

August 22, 2008: USL-2 All-League Second Team defender Trevor McEachron joins the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, on loan, for their international friendly against Mexican side Veracruz of the Primera Division ’A’ on Sunday, August 24th. 

August 22, 2008: United Soccer Leagues announced today that Richmond Kickers midfielder Stanley Nyazamba is the recipient of the USL Second Division Rookie of the Year award.

September 16, 2008: Midfielder Stanley Nyazamba has signed a developmental contract with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, marking the 22nd Kickers player to advance to MLS.  

October 6, 2008: Former Richmond Kickers Destiny (W-League) defender Becky Sauerbrunn was the third overall selection in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) General Draft.  Drafted by the Washington Freedom, Sauerbrunn spent two seasons with the Destiny (2006, 2007) before joining the Freedom of the W-League in 2008.

October 7, 2008: The Richmond Kickers are pleased to host the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team as they continue its Achieve Your Gold Tour at the University of Richmond Stadium vs. South Korea on November 1, 2008.

October 23, 2008: United Soccer Leagues recently announced the Super Y-League First and Second 11 Club rankings for the 2008 regular season, recognizing the Richmond Kickers Boys as one of the top competitive and administrative clubs.  The Kickers program ranked eleventh on the First 11 list in the Boys category.

November 24, 2008: The Richmond Kickers collected three awards at this year’s United Soccer Leagues Annual General Meeting in Tampa, Florida including the USL Second Division Fair Play Award, Communications Award and Key Grip Award. 

November 25, 2008: The Richmond Kickers U-14 Super Y-League team made a Cinderella run to the USL Super Y-League National Championship game, falling to South Atlantic rivals Atlanta Silverbacks Jrs. by a 2-0 scoreline.  The first-ever Kickers team to compete in a National Championship, the U-14 Girls concluded a historic season as Super Y-League Finalists

December 8, 2008: United Soccer Leagues announced the All-Tournament Team for the U-14 Girls, who took part in the 10th annual Super Y-League North American Finals held November 21-25 in Tampa, FL.  Super Y-League Finalists Richmond Kickers placed three players on the All-Tournament Team, midfielder Ashley Williams, goalkeeper Kirsten Hancock and defender Marie Johnston. 

January 9, 2009: The Richmond Kickers signed recent multi-year partnership with adidas that includes the professional team and programs as well as Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club.

January 13, 2009: Thanks to the support of the Richmond community, Richmond Kickers Indoor was able to donate $2,622 to Connor’s Heroes during the second annual Kick Out Cancer event held at SCOR on Saturday, December 20th.  This year’s total more than doubled the proceeds raised during the inaugural event in 2007. 

January 19, 2009:  In the second draft for the new Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), former Richmond Kickers Destiny defender Nikki Krzysik and forward Claire Zimmeck were among 41 W-League players drafted by the seven clubs in the 10-round draft.  A second round pick, 13th overall, Krzysik was selected by the Chicago Red Stars while Zimmeck was drafted in the ninth round, 63rd overall by the Washington Freedom.   

January 23, 2009: The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club and Goochland United Soccer Association (GUSA) are pleased to announce a comprehensive club/player development alliance that will focus on increasing and enhancing player development opportunities for the Goochland and Western Henrico region.    The partnership will cover several areas of club and player development including the sharing of resources for player development, marketing, tournaments, fields, technical staff and coaching education.

January 26, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers have created an exciting new player development program that will provide four to six college players the opportunity to train with the Kickers professional team throughout the summer months.  The Player Internship program will replace the Richmond Kickers Future of the Premier Development League (PDL), who recently decided to suspend operations for the 2009 season.

April 6, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers opened the 2009 season with a 1-0 win over the USL Division 1 Carolina Railhawks.  Matthew Delicâte celebrated his return to Richmond with a 90th minute game-winner.

April 28, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club introduced a new Advanced Development Program (ADP) for U7 and U8 players.

June 10, 2009:  Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club U11 through U14 Elite teams were named VCCL Champions for the Spring 2009 season.

July 25, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers come out on top in a historic match with Guatemala’s reigning First Division champions the CSD Comunicaciones.  The hard-fought physical match ended with a score of 1-0.  The lone goal of the game was scored by on-trial forward Edson Elcock in the 62nd minute.

August 5, 2009:  Ukrop Park, the new home of the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club, held its Grand Opening.  The 34.5-acre soccer complex is located in Chesterfield County.

August 7, 2009:  The Colonial Athletic Association announced its men’s soccer Silver Anniversary team, honoring seven former Kickers players including current head coach Leigh Cowlishaw (1993-98) and leading scorer Matthew Delicâte.  Former Kickers named to the Anniversary team included Kevin Knight (2000-08), Trevor McEachron (2006-08), Michael Brady (1994-95), Waughn Hughes (1998), and former Richmond Kickers Future (PDL) forward Dominic Oduro (2005).

August 15, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers set a regular season attendance record of 4,010 spectators during the second annual Family Fest.

August 20, 2009: Richmond Kickers forward finishes the season with 13 goals scored on the season giving him the USL-2 Goal-Scoring crown.

August 24, 2009: Richmond’s Ronnie Pascale was named USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year.  Pascale and three other Kickers, defender Yomby William, midfielder Mike Burke, and forward Matthew Delicâte, were named to the All-League First Team.  Defender Sascha Görres received All-League Second Team honors.

August 28, 2009: Richmond’s Yomby William was honored as Defender of the Year at the USL-2 Championship banquet.  He also earned USL-2 Team of the Week Honors 7 times throughout the season and helped lead the best defense in the league, allowing just 19 goals on the season.

August 29, 2009: The Richmond Kickers defeated the Charlotte Eagles 3-1 to claim the USL Second Division Championship.  After trailing Charlotte for nearly an hour, they drew even in the 63rd minute with a shot by Elcock.  The Kickers secured the win with a free kick by John DiRaimondo in the 83rd minute and a penalty kick by David Bulow two minutes later.  The win gave the Kickers their fourth USL Championship title and their second in the last four years.

August 29, 2009:  Richmond Kickers midfielder David Bulow was named the USL Second Division Championship MVP.

September 16, 2009:  Richmond Kickers president Tom Depcrynski announced his retirement after 12 years with the Kickers organization.

October 26, 2009:  The Super Y-League “First 11” Rankings were announced with the Kickers Girls coming in at number 4.  The Richmond Kickers claimed the 9th spot as a club.

November 16, 2009:  Former Richmond Kicker Tim Brown earned a trip to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with New Zealand.

November 18, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers are pleased to introduce a new ownership group, Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club (RKYSC).  With more than 6,000 players under its umbrella and programs for youth ages 3-19, RKYSC recently acquired the assets of the professional team after claiming their fourth national Championship.  Adding the pro program fulfills the club’s mission to grow the beautiful game of soccer and serve the community through a successful soccer club that entertains, invites community participation, and inspires all.

November 23, 2009:  The Richmond Kickers earned the USL Second Division Organization of the Year for the fifth time in franchise history.

November 23, 2009:  Richmond Kickers Head Coach and Director of Soccer Leigh Cowlishaw was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in the Coach Category.

December 10, 2009: Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer and Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw is one of eight coaches invited to lead four teams of college’s best Division I seniors during the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine.

December 15, 2009:  Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club U11 through U18 Elite teams were awarded VCCL Club Champions title for the Fall 2009 season.  The Kickers claimed the Girls and Club titles while winning six out of sixteen divisional championships.

January 15, 2010:  Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw is named 2009 FieldTurf Coach of the Year.

February 9, 2010: Ukrop Park, home of the Richmond Kickers, was identified as a potential team base camp to be included in the United States bid for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™. The sports complex has been chosen as a possible training camp to host one of the 32 competing soccer nations, if the USA is awarded the honor to host either the 2018 or 2022 events.

February 23, 2010:  Roger Bothe signs with the Richmond Kickers professional team, becoming the first player in history to rise from the youth to the pro ranks within the club.

March 8, 2010:  Three Kickers youth players are named to the Super Y-League ODP Select Teams.  Players named to these teams are recommended to the U.S. National Team Staff Coaches for participation in U.S. National Team programs.

April 21, 2010:  The Richmond Kickers hosted the Mexican U-21 National Team in front of a boisterous crowd of over 3,000.  The Mexican U-21 National Team came out on top with two stoppage-time goals.

May 25, 2010: The Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club U-11 through U-14 Elite Teams were awarded the VCCL Club Champions title for the spring 2010 season.  Over the last three years, the Richmond Kickers Girls teams have won the VCCL Girls Championship every season (Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010), clearly demonstrating the club’s status as the best girls program in Central, South, Western and Eastern Virginia.

June 13, 2010:  The Richmond Kickers teamed up with the Police Athletic League to bring soccer to children in some of Richmond’s toughest neighborhoods.

July 22, 2010: Richmond Kickers players Ashley Riefner ’93, Alyson Brown ’95 and Payton Cook ’96 were all selected to the 2010 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Olympic Development Program player pools.  In addition, Cook was invited to U.S. Soccer’s U-14 Girls National Identification Camp.

August 13, 2010:  The Richmond Kickers U13 Boys Elite and U14 Girls Elite qualified for the 2010 Super Y-League North American Finals to take place in November.

August 25, 2010:  The Richmond Kickers place a league-leading six players on the USL Second Division All-League teams.  Matthew Delicâte, Luke Vercollone, and Yomby William represented the Kickers in the top 11.  Mike Burke, Sascha Görres, and David Hertel garnered Second Team honors.

August 28, 2010:  The Richmond Kickers narrowly missed repeating as USL Second Division Champs, falling to the Charleston Battery 2-1.

September 8, 2010:  The United Soccer Leagues (USL) restructured, merging the First and Second Divisions into a single property for 2011 to be known as USL PRO.

September 14, 2010: The Richmond Kickers and HCA Virginia announced that their collaborative efforts had a impact on the greater Richmond community, as they recently donated proceeds from the Kickers halftime HCA Virginia Frisbee Toss promotion, in the amount of $1,386, to the event’s beneficiary, the American Heart Association. 

October 29, 2010: United Soccer Leagues announced the Super Y-League First and Second 11 Club rankings for the 2010 regular season, recognizing the Richmond Kickers as one of the top competitive and administrative clubs.  The Kickers program ranked sixth on the First 11 list in the overall Clubs category while taking a fifth place ranking in the Girls category and a tenth place finish in the Boys category, taking honors in all three categories for the first time in franchise history. 

November 22, 2010: Richmond Kickers General Manager Shelley Sowers earned USL Second Division Executive of the Year honors at the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner during the 2010 USL Annual General Meeting in Tampa, FL.  Additionally, the club received the Marketing Excellence Award and was recognized as one of the Super Y-League “First 11” Clubs.

January 22, 2011: Former Richmond Kickers professional player Rob Ukrop and former Kickers head coach Dennis Viollet are inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame for their accomplishments and their contributions to building soccer in Virginia and DC.  Ukrop was honored in the Players category while Viollet was recognized posthumously in the Veterans category.

February 10, 2011: The membership of Midlothian Youth Soccer League (MYSL) and the Boards of Directors for the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club and MYSL voted overwhelmingly in favor of consolidating the two clubs in a formal merger.  The new organization will continue to operate under the Richmond Kickers name, brand and player developmental structure, while incorporating MYSL’s talent, expertise and passion for recreational programming.

April 28, 2011: The Richmond Kickers announce a new and improved U-9 development program to begin Fall 2011.  The U-9 program was created to help offer a seamless transition from the highly successful Advanced Development Program (ADP) for U-7 and U-8 players to the Kickers U-10 Elite and Advanced Development Soccer League teams.

June 7, 2011: The Richmond Kickers U-11 through U-14 Elite teams were awarded their eighth Virginia Club Champions League Club Champions (VCCL) title for the spring 2011 season – their fourth in the past five seasons.

June 28, 2011: The Richmond Kickers established the Avery Spence Youth Community Service Award to honor youth soccer player, Avery Spence, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on May 1, 2011.  Each year, the award will be presented to the Kickers youth player that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the youth community in Richmond.

July 13, 2011: Former Richmond Kickers Destiny defender Becky Sauerbrunn earned her first start with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the Women’s World Cup Semi-Final match as the U.S. defeated France 3-1 to advance to the Finals.

July 20, 2011: The Richmond Kickers reveal the addition of Field 7 at Ukrop Park, a natural grass field that will be ready for action by September 1, 2011.

July 28, 2011: The Richmond Kickers and Chesterfield United announce the Ultimate Cup, a new youth soccer tournament created by the merger of the Chesterfield United Icebreaker and the Kickers Invitational.  The Ultimate Cup tournament will feature a Girls and a Boys weekend.  The inaugural tournament will be held in 2012.

August 27, 2011: The Kickers fall to Orlando City in the American Division finals, finishing the 2011 season with an overall record of 12-8-6.

August 30, 2011: The Kickers fall to the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup semi-finals, the farthest the team has advanced since winning the tournament in 1995.

September 2, 2011: Matthew Delicâte and Yomby William are named to the 2011 USL PRO All-League First Team.

September 23, 2011: U15 Boys Elite player, Drew Romig, and U16 Girls Elite player, Katie Cousins, were named to the U14 Boys National team and U15 Girls National team, respectively.

October 27, 2011: The first annual Richmond Kickers Golf Tournament is held at the Birkdale Golf Club.

November 14, 2011: United Soccer Leagues announced the Super Y-League First and Second 11 Club rankings for the 2011 regular season, recognizing the Richmond Kickers Girls program as one of the top competitive and administrative clubs.  The Kickers Girls program ranked #2 nationally.

 

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Moving Up in the Ranks: Kickers and Major League Soccer

In franchise history, 22 players have progressed from the Richmond Kickers into Major League Soccer, including Mike Clark (Columbus Crew), Dwayne DeRosario (Houston Dynamo), Brian Kamler (D.C. United, Miami Fusion, New England Revolution), Brian Bates (Colorado Rapids, Dallas Burn), Scott Budnick (Miami Fusion, Tampa Bay Mutiny), Jeff Causey (New England Revolution, D.C. United), Ben Crawley (D.C. United), Ted Gillen (NY/NJ Metrostars), Gary Glasgow (Kansas City Wizards), Onandi Lowe (Kansas City Wizards), Mike McGinty (D.C. United), Mark Simpson (D.C. United), Todd Yeagley (Columbus Crew), Ihor Dotsenko (Kansas City Wizards), Rob Ukrop (New England Revolution), Richie Williams (D.C. United, NY/NJ Metrostars), David Testo (Columbus Crew), Clyde Simms (D.C. United), Joey Worthen (Real Salt Lake), Robert Ssejjemba (D.C. United), Ricky Schramm (New York Red Bulls) and Stanley Nyazamba (Columbus Crew).

EX-KICKERS CURRENTLY IN MLS
Brian Carroll (2003) – Columbus Crew
Dwayne DeRosario (1999-2000) – Toronto FC
Clyde Simms (2004) – D.C. United 
Matt Watson (2006-2007) - Vancouver Whitecaps

EX-KICKERS ONCE IN MLS
Brian Bates (1994 & 1995) - Colorado Rapids, Dallas Burn
Mike Burke (2000-2010) - D.C. United 2000 & 2001
Scott Budnick (1993) - Miami Fusion, Tampa Bay Mutiny
Scott Cannon (1997 & 2000) - Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, Tampa Bay
Danny Care (1999) - D.C. United
Jeff Causey (1995) - New England, D.C. United
Ben Crawley (1995) - D.C. United
Kenny Cutler (2009) – Real Salt Lake
Ihor Dotsenko (1998-99, 2002-03, 2006-08) - Kansas City Wizards 2000
Marco Ferruzzi (1999-2002) - Tampa Bay Mutiny
Chris Fox (1997-2005) - drafted by New England Revolution in 1999
Ted Gillen (1993) - NY/NJ MetroStars
Gary Glasgow (1999) - Kansas City Wizards
Ray Goodlett (2001-2003 & 2006) – D.C. United
David Hayes (2002, 2004) – D.C. United
Ben Hunter (2008-2009) – Columbus Crew
Brian Kamler (1995) – New England Revolution
Kevin Knight (2000-2007) - NY/NJ Metrostars 1999
Paul Lekics (1997-2004) - drafted by the Chicago Fire
Onandi Lowe (1999) - Kansas City Wizards
Mike McGinty (1997-2001) - D.C. United
Josh McKay (1997-2002) - Colorado Rapids
Andy Metcalf (2006) – D.C. United
Bryan Namoff (2002) - D.C. United
Caleb Norkus (2004) -drafted by D.C. United 2001
Ricky Schramm (2007) – drafted by D.C. United, New York Red Bulls 2008
Mark Simpson (1996) - D.C. United
Robert Ssejjemba (2005-2007) - D.C. United 2006
David Testo (2003) – Columbus Crew
Rob Ukrop (1993, 1995-2004) - New England Revolution
Richie Williams (1993-1995, 2004-2005) -  D.C. United, NY/NJ Metrostars
Joey Worthen (2004-2005, 2009) – Real Salt Lake
Todd Yeagley (1995) - Columbus Crew   
 
CURRENT KICKERS WITH MLS EXPERIENCE
Luke Vercollone (New England Revolution 2004-2005)
Stanley Nyazamba (Columbus Crew 2008-2009)

Former Kickers alumni who also graduated to MLS also includes Brian Kamler (Director of Soccer Development, Real Salt Lake), Marco Ferruzzi (Assistant Coach, FC Dallas), Richie Williams (Assistant Coach, New York Red Bulls), former Kickers Head Coach Colin Clarke (Head Coach, FC Dallas) and former Kickers General Manager Curt Johnson (Former General Manager, Kansas City Wizards).
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Record versus Major League Soccer

 

Overall Record: 10-9-3
3/15/97 – Exhibition – Richmond Kickers 3 vs. Columbus Crew 1 (UR Stadium)
6/17/97 – Exhibition – D.C. United 4 vs. Richmond Kickers 2 (UR Stadium)
7/23/97 – Open Cup (3rd Rd) – NY/NJ Metrostars 3 vs. Richmond Kickers 0 (UR Stadium)
6/29/99 – Exhibition - Richmond Kickers 1 vs. D.C. United 0 (UR Stadium)*
6/14/00 – Open Cup (2nd Rd) – Richmond Kickers 3 vs. Colorado Rapids 0 (UR Stadium)
7/25/00 – Open Cup (3rd Rd) – San Jose Earthquakes 2 vs. Richmond Kickers 0 (Spartan Stadium)
4/1/01 – Exhibition – Richmond Kickers 0 vs. Dallas Burn 0 (UR Stadium)
7/24/01 – Open Cup (4th Rd) – D.C. United 2 vs. Richmond Kickers 1 (RFK Stadium)
4/13/02 - Exhibition - Richmond Kickers 0 vs. D.C. United 1 (UR Stadium)
7/17/02 - Open Cup(3rd Rd) - Columbus Crew 3 vs. Richmond Kickers 0 (Crew Stadium)  
4/5/03 - Exhibition - Richmond Kickers 0 vs. D.C. United 0 (UR Stadium)
7/21/04 - Open Cup (4th Rd) - Richmond Kickers 2 vs. DC United 1 (UR Stadium)
8/4/04 - Open Cup (Quarters) - Chicago Fire 1 vs. Richmond Kickers 0 (UR Stadium)
8/3/05 – Open Cup (4th Rd) – DC United 3 vs Richmond Kickers 1 (UR Stadium)
8/30/06 – Exhibition – DC United 0 vs Richmond Kickers 0 (UR Stadium)**
6/19/07 – Exhibition – Richmond Kickers 3 vs DC United 2 (UR Stadium)
7/10/07 – Open Cup (3rd Rd) – Richmond Kickers 1 vs LA Galaxy 0 (UR Stadium)
3/22/08 – Exhibition – Richmond Kickers 3 vs DC United 0 (UR Stadium)
7/1/08 – Open Cup (3rd Rd) – New England Revolution 3 vs Richmond Kickers 0 (Veterans Stadium)

6/30/10 - Open Cup (3rd Rd) - D.C. United 2 vs Richmond Kickers 0 (George Mason Stadium)

6/28/11 - Open Cup (3rd Rd) - Richmond Kickers 2 vs Columbus Crew 1 (Columbus Crew Stadium)

7/12/11 - Open Cup (Quarterfinals) - Richmond Kickers 2 vs Sporting Kansas City 0 (LIVESTRONG Sporting Park)

8/30/11 - Open Cup (Semifinals) - Chicago Fire 2 vs Richmond Kickers 1 (Toyota Park)
 
* - game was terminated in the 36th minute due to inclement weather
** - game was terminated in the 20th minute due to inclement weather

 

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Kickers’ History of Draft Picks

2005
First Round – Sascha Görres (Midfielder) University of North Carolina - Pembroke (10th pick)
Second Round – Mychal Turpin (Midfielder/Forward) University of Michigan (20th pick)

2004
Second Round -- Scott Buete (Defender) University of Maryland (23rd pick)

2003
Second Round -- Roger Levesque (forward) Stanford University (32nd pick)

2002
First Open Round -- Armando Femia (goalkeeper) IUPUI (3rd pick)
First Open Round -- Michael Ueltschey (goalkeeper) University of North Carolina (18th pick)
First Open Round -- Shawn Alexander (goalkeeper) University of Richmond (24th pick)

2001
Territorial Round -- Craig Ziadie (defender) University of Richmond
First Open Round -- Darin Lewis (forward) University of Connecticut (18th pick)
Second Open Round -- Bryan Namoff (midfielder) Bradley University (39th pick)

2000
Territorial Round -- Peter Luzak (defender/midfielder) University of Richmond
First Open Round -- Kevin Alvero (forward) University of South Florida (2nd pick)
Second Open Round -- Emmanuel Tetoit (defender) Virginia Commonwealth University (46th pick)
Second Open Round -- Guillermo Henriques (midfielder/defender) Virginia Commonwealth University (49th pick)

1999
First Round -- Orlando Bueso (forward) Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA)
Territorial Round -- Trevor Spencer (midfielder) Virginia Commonwealth University

1998
Second Round -- Caleb Porter (midfielder) Indiana University (now playing in MLS)
Third Round -- Jason Boyce (forward) University of Washington (now playing in MLS)
Territorial Round -- Scott Pearson (forward) American University

1997
First Round -- Coley Dominiak (defender) Davidson College


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