Richmond, VA – (Wednesday, April 15, 2009) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the addition of defender Yomby William to the 2009 roster. A 2008 MLS SuperDraft pick, William spent the 2008 season with the USL First Division side Puerto Rico Islanders. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Signing Yomby provides a great last minute addition to the squad and we thank Puerto Rico for making it happen,” comments Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach. “The coaching staff are very familiar with his talent after watching him several times for ODU and Hampton Roads. He started last season’s USL-1 final and semifinal match-ups demonstrating the pedigree of player we have acquired.”
Drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, William signed a developmental contract with the Wizards before joining Puerto Rico last spring. The native of Batoussam, Cameroon made five appearances with the Islanders in 2008.
Upon graduating high school from Lycee Classique Bafoussam in Cameroon, William attended the University of Oschang in 2004 where he led the men’s soccer team to the Championship title. He participated in the University Games held in Dschang, helping the team claim a gold medal. The following year, he transferred to Old Dominion University where he made an immediate impact, selected to the CAA All-Rookie Team that season. Making 48 appearances over three seasons, the 6’4” defender earned All-CAA Second Team honors and was named to the CAA All-Tournament and All-State teams. Additionally, William had a one-year stint with the Hampton Roads Piranhas of the USL Premier Development League in 2007.
The Richmond Kickers return to the University of Richmond Stadium (just off the Downtown Expressway) on Saturday, April 18th to host the Harrisburg City Islanders and College Night. College students can present their college identification at the gate to purchase tickets for just $5.00. The first 500 fans through the gate will receive a Richmond Kickers t-shirt, courtesy of Dr. Babik and Crossridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, the official dentist of the Richmond Kickers.
#2 Yomby William 6’4” 185 lbs Hometown: Batoussam, Cameroon
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