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DEFENSE WEEK: ITíS KNIGHT TIME!
Veteran Defender Signs On For One More Season

Richmond, VA – (Thursday, February 28, 2008) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce veteran defender Kevin Knight has agreed to anchor the central midfield for one more season, pending USSF approval.  Specific terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“It was a pleasant surprise to the coaching staff when Kevin expressed a desire to play another season for the Kickers,” comments Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach. This is a huge boost for the team and we now feel we have the defensive players in place to deal with the physical demands of USL2”

A stalwart on the Kickers defensive unit for eight seasons, Knight appeared in seven games during the 2007 campaign, holding the opposition at just four goals allowed while on the field.  He garnered USL2 Team of the Week honors in May for his solid defensive efforts during the teams 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace Baltimore before retiring from professional soccer mid-season to pursue a career as a firefighter.

An iron man on the field accumulating over 19,000 minutes in 212 games played with the Kickers, Knight holds the third-place position on the Kickers career games played list.  A versatile midfielder-defender, Knight reassumed a role in the central midfield during the 2006 season after anchoring the back line for the previous three seasons.  A leader on and off the field, the 2000 Supporter’s Choice MVP has tallied 10 goals and nine assists for 33 points and is active with the Sports Outreach Institute which offers aid to the children of Northern Uganda. 

Prior to his stint with the Kickers, the NY/NJ MetroStars chose Knight 16th overall (second round) in the 1999 Major League Soccer (MLS) College Draft out of James Madison University.  As a MetroStars defender, he started in 8 of 11 games played, for a total of 732 minutes. 


Professional Statistics
#3 Kevin Knight Defender Ht: 6’1”        Wt: 175            Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Professional Statistics (Includes US Open Cup and Playoffs)

Club

Year

Games Played

Minutes

Goals

Assists

Points

N. York/N. Jersey (MLS) 

1999

11

732

0

0

0

Richmond Kickers

2000

32

2770

3

5

11

Richmond Kickers

2001

34

3006

3

2

8

Richmond Kickers

2002

34

3337

1

0

2

Richmond Kickers

2003

23

1879

2

0

4

Richmond Kickers

2004

33

3147

2

0

4

Richmond Kickers

2005

34

3099

0

1

1

Richmond Kickers

2006

15

1338

1

1

3

Richmond Kickers

2007

7

630

0

0

0

Totals  

223

19938

10

9

33


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