RICHMOND, VA — (Friday, March 9, 2018) — The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce they have extended their affiliation agreement with D.C. United of Major League Soccer through the 2018 season. This is the sixth year of the clubs’ partnership in conjunction with the in 2013 agreement forged by Major League Soccer and the USL.
“We are delighted to add one more year to our long-standing partnership and affiliation,” said Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. "We look forward to adding quality players with MLS experience to our 2018 squad."
Separated by a little over 100 miles, D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers have worked closely to organize loan spells for nearly two decades before officially affiliating prior to the 2013 season. Just last season, four current players from D.C. United featured for the Kickers, including Travis Worra, Chris Durkin, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Jalen Robinson.
Through the extended arrangement with the Kickers, United will once again send a minimum of four first-team players on long-term loans to Richmond, assignments which will be announced at a later date.
"We are extremely excited to extend our partnership with the Richmond Kickers for a sixth season,” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said. “They have been fantastic partners who provide a professional environment and have been instrumental in helping our players to develop as professionals while out on loan."
Since the affiliation became official in 2013, players who have featured with the Kickers on loan include Miguel Aguilar, Steven Birnbaum, Alex Caskey, Paul Clowes, Chris Durkin, Andrew Dykstra, Christiano Francois, Charlie Horton, Jared Jeffrey, Alhaji Kamara, Taylor Kemp, Eric Klenofsky, Chris Korb, Collin Martin, Luke Mishu, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Kyle Porter, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, Conor Shanosky, Maxim Tissot, Casey Townsend, Ethan White, Joe Willis and Travis Worra.
Over the past two decades, 42 D.C. United players have played with the Richmond Kickers, with the roster of players including 2011 Major League Soccer MVP Dwayne De Rosario, Mike Burke, Jeff Causey, Ben Crawley, Brian Kamler, Mike McGinty, Mark Simpson, Clyde Simms, Robert Ssejjemba and Richie Williams. Players who have featured with the Kickers on loan include Miguel Aguilar, Steven Birnbaum, Brian Carroll, Alex Caskey, Paul Clowes, Chris Durkin, Andrew Dykstra, John DiRaimondo, Christiano Francois, Charlie Horton, Jared Jeffrey, Alhaji Kamara, Taylor Kemp, Eric Klenofsky, Chris Korb, Justin Mapp, Collin Martin, Andy Metcalf, Luke Mishu, Bryan Namoff, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Anthony Peters, Kyle Porter, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, Conor Shanosky, Long Tan, Maxim Tissot, Casey Townsend, Ethan White, Joe Willis and Travis Worra.
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