RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, March 30, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the recent addition of midfielder Michael Callahan. The University of North Carolina graduate will be available for the USL PRO opener this Saturday, April 2, facing off against his former club, Orlando City, at 4:00 p.m.* at Richmond City Stadium, pending USSF approval.
"Michael is a quality individual who possesses the technical skill and tactical awareness to play several positions for the team this season,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach and Director of Soccer. “We loved his attitude and enthusiasm when he played against the University of Maryland and we are delighted that he wanted to continue his professional career with the Kickers."
Callahan began his professional career with the former USL First Division/USSF Division II side Austin Aztex, where he made 47 appearances over the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The 2009 Rookie Franchise of the Year moved to Orlando, FL during the offseason, and are now competing in USL PRO under the banner Orlando City.
Originally from Cary, N.C., Callahan started 79 of 82 games played at UNC-Chapel Hill, notching 10 career goals and 13 career assists over four seasons. He earned NSCAA/adidas Men’s Collegiate Scholar All-America honors his senior year and was a NSCAA/adidas All-America selection.
Reserve your 2011 Season Passes and join the Richmond Kickers when they open the USL PRO campaign, hosting Orlando City on Saturday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.* at Richmond City Stadium. Taking the field for their 19th season, the Kickers will compete alongside American Division rivals Charlotte Eagles, Charleston Battery, Orlando City and Wilmington Hammerheads and will also face National and International opponents Dayton Dutch Lions, Harrisburg City Islanders, FC New York, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Rochester Rhinos, Antigua Barracuda FC, Los Angeles Blues, Puerto Rico United and Sevilla FC Puerto Rico during the 24-game season. Visit RichmondKickers.com for schedules and ticket information.
*NOTE: The kickoff time for the Kickers home opener has changed to 4:00 p.m. Game time was previously listed as 5:00 p.m.