RICHMOND, Va. – (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the signings of defender Wahab Ackwei, midfielders Alex Ainscough and Nick Retzlaff for the 2019 season, pending USSF and USL League One approval.
The Ghanian-born Ackwei started his career with Inter Allies FC from 2015 through 2017, making 61 appearances. In 2018, the 22 year-old signed with USL Championship side New York Red Bulls II and notched an assist in seven appearances.
Growing up in the FC Boston youth system, Ainscough made the move to Iceland to sign with UMF Leiknir Fáskrúdsfjördur in 2016 before heading to VV Alverna in Germany in August that same year. Ainscough returned to FC Boston for the USL League Two season in 2017. He then returned for a second stint in Germany after the USL League Two season with SPVGG Bayreuth.
Signing his first professional contract with the Kickers, Retzlaff is coming off a four year career at NC State, making 30 appearances for the Wolfpack. Prior to his freshman season, Retzlaff played with the Carolina Dynamo in USL League Two. He moved on to join the North Carolina FC U-23s in USL League Two for the remainder of his collegiate career.
With the additions of Ackwei, Ainscough and Retzlaff, the Kickers 2019 roster up to 24 players, including Amass Amankona, Charles Boateng, Greg Boehme, Matt Bolduc, Matt Broomall, Dennis Chin, Jannik Eckenrode, Akira Fitzgerald, Joe Gallardo, Josh Hughes, Daniel Jackson, Aboubacar Keita, Eli Lockaby, Ivan Magalhães, Sam Moore, Mutaya Mwape, Joe Rice, Maxi Rodriguez, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen, and Braeden Troyer.