RICHMOND, Va. – (Monday, January 13, 2020) – The Richmond Kickers have signed former Richmond United midfielder Victor Falck, pending USL League One and USSF approval.
"Victor had a very good college career and he fits with our mission of working to develop players for the next level,” said Darren Sawatzky, Kickers Sporting Director and Head Coach. “His connection to the area and his work in our youth programming make him a perfect fit for us. He brings a competitive fire to the group in a position that we needed competition in. We look forward to Victor contributing right away in our team."
Falck started his collegiate career at the University of Virginia before transferring after his freshman season to the University of California, Irvine. He played three seasons at UC-Irvine, making 59 appearances, starting all but one match and scored four goals while adding seven assists. Capping off a successful senior season, Falck was named to the All-Big West First Team and was honored as the Big West Co-Midfielder of the Year.
"I am very excited to sign and return to Richmond after four years at the collegiate level,” said Falck. “I have fond memories from my time with Richmond and I admire the overall mindset of the club and the individuals within it. When I was with Richmond United, I was able to train with the Kickers on numerous occasions which was inspiring and a great learning experience for me. It is especially exciting to be the first Richmond United alumnus to sign a pro contract with the Kickers, and I am sure that many will follow in my footsteps as there are many talented alumni that are doing well in college at the moment, and many talented coaches and players still within the club at the academy level."
After making the move to Virginia from Landvetter, Sweden, Falck joined Richmond United in 2014 during the club’s inaugural season, playing two years with the Development Academy side. Living in Virginia Beach, he would drive over 100 miles each way, four days a week for practices and games. During his time with United, Falck was given the opportunity to train with the Kickers pro team. He becomes the first Richmond United graduate to sign a professional contract.
"We are thrilled for Victor to sign his first professional contract for his home state team,” added Sascha Görres, Richmond United Technical Director. “Through his incredible commitment and focus, Victor has created a path for himself that will serve as an example for other Richmond United players to follow. We are proud of his accomplishments and look forward to following his professional career."
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2020 Richmond Kickers Roster
Goalkeepers (1): Akira Fitzgerald
Defenders (5): Wahab Ackwei, Devante Dubose, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen
Midfielders (8): Amass Amankona, Greg Boehme, Matt Bolduc, David Diosa, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Mutaya Mwape, Luke Pavone
Forwards (2): Stanley Alves, Charles Boateng