RICHMOND, VA – (Monday, March 12, 2018) – In a sweeping move to bolster the squad prior to the 2018 season opener, the Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce a trio of player signings with the return of defender Scott Thomsen as well as the addition of NASL veteran midfielder Neil Hlavaty and rookie midfielder Koby Osei-Wusu, pending USL and USSF approval.
Thomsen returns to Richmond after making nine appearances when he signed for the Kickers mid-season in 2016, contributing one goal and one assist on route to the 2016 USL Playoffs. Following the 2016 season, he joined Orlando City B where he made 15 appearances.
Previously, the native of Brick Township, New Jersey, was signed by Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls as a Homegrown Player in December 2015 following a standout collegiate career at the University of Virginia. Claiming the 2014 NCAA Championship, he started 56 of 66 career matches and was a two-time ACC All-Academic Team honoree. One of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, he led the team in assists during his freshman and junior years, finishing with three goals and 18 assists over four seasons.
Richmond newcomer Neil Hlavaty brings a wealth of professional experience to Richmond, signing with the Kickers following a year with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Previously, he spent the 2015 season with North Carolina FC, amassing 2,420 minutes and tallying four goals and two assists.
The Berwyn, Illinois native had stints overseas at Swedish club Östers and Polish side Jagiellonia Białystok, before returning to the U.S. and signing for Minnesota United in 2010. After three seasons in Minnesota, which included a NASL Championship title in 2011 and a NASL Championship appearance in 2012, he joined FC Edmonton for the 2013 season, and made a total of 51 appearances in two seasons, finishing with five goals and seven assists. Hlavaty began his professional career out of Boston University in 2008 with the now defunct USL side Cleveland City Stars where he led the team to the USL-2 title his only season with the club.
Following a successful preseason trial with the Kickers that produced three goals in five matches, Osei-Wusu signed his first professional contract this week. He recently concluded a standout career at George Washington University. Making 63 appearances with the Colonials over four seasons, the native of Bowie, Maryland amassed more than 3,000 minutes while contributing four goals and seven assists.
Hlavaty, Osei-Wusu, and Thomsen join 20 players currently under contract including Sam Bacon, Matt Bolduc, Heviel Cordovés, Kent Dickey, Giuseppe Gentile, Raul Gonzalez, Yudai Imura, Alex Lee, Luiz Fernando, Fred Owusu Sekyere, Mallan Roberts, Conor Shanosky, Brian Shriver, Trevor Spangenberg, Braeden Troyer, Oscar Umar, Mekeil Williams, Finnlay Wyatt, Austin Yearwood and William Yomby.
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