RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, October 1, 2014) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the 2014 Team MVP honorees. Midfielder Luke Vercollone earned his second consecutive Supporter’s Choice Most Valuable Player award, while forward Matthew Delicâte and midfielder George Davis IV split the votes for the Player’s Choice Most Valuable Player honors.
Splitting time between the defense and the midfield, Vercollone has made 186 appearances and amassed over 15,000 minutes in a Kickers uniform over seven seasons. He added three goals and three assists during the 2014 season, bringing his franchise totals to 14 goals and 14 assists overall.
Earning USL PRO All-League First Team honors, Delicâte was also a USL PRO MVP Finalist this season. Following a month-long injury, he immediately picked up where he left off, scoring the game-winning goal with his first and only touch of the night in the 117th minute against Charleston in the Quarterfinals to send the Kickers through to the Semifinals. Posting a career-high 16 goals through all competitions this season, the club’s all-time leading scorer surpassed the century mark in career goals in June.
Joining Delicâte on the USL PRO All-League First Team, Davis cemented himself as the club’s overall leading scorer this season, boasting 14 goals and adding six assists as the only player to appear in all 33 games, including U.S. Open Cup and playoffs. The USL PRO veteran signed with the Kickers prior to the 2014 season and finished the regular season campaign with a fifth place ranking in the league with 27 points.
The Supporter’s Choice MVP award dates back to the 2000 season when Kevin Knight claimed the inaugural honors. Former goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale earned the award twice, while now-retired midfielder Mike Burke swept the honors for six consecutive seasons. Prior honorees also include Kevin Jeffrey and Marco Ferruzzi.
The Player’s Choice MVP award dates back to the 2000 season when defender Scott Cannon and D.C. United forward Dwayne De Rosario shared the honors. Previous honorees include past and present players Ronnie Pascale, Mike Burke, William Yomby and Andrew Dykstra.