RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce the signing of defender Dakota Barnathan for the 2022 season, pending league and federation approval.
Pavone has been a constant presence in the Kickers’ dressing room since the 2019 season when he was brought in under then Head Coach David Bulow. Since joining the Reds, he has thrived in a Swiss Army Knife role, playing all over the field including as a forward and as an outside back.
His versatility has shown in his two seasons under Sawatzky. During the 2020 season when he made 11 starts in 14 appearances, Pavone was utilized in a center forward role that allowed him to attack opposing defenses from the tip of the spear. He played additional roles in 2021 when early-season injuries required Pavone to play on the defense. He would finish the season with 21 appearances and six starts including his postseason debut at FC Tucson in the USL League One Quarterfinals.
“My individual goals always align with the team goals,” Pavone said. “For me, it’s about winning at the end of the day and chasing the trophy. We have created a culture with Darren the last few years that buys into that team-first mentality and that’s most important to me.”
Aune returns for a second season with the Reds after proving his ability to be a jack of all trades in 2021. While predominantly lining up as a centerback, Aune also showed off his dynamic athleticism in a holding midfielder role and even lining up as a striker when needed.
The Everett, Wash. native made 15 appearances and four starts including a start in the Kickers’ playoff match at FC Tucson – the club’s first since the 2016 season.
“My goal this year is to have a more consistent role within the squad, be a leader on the field and within the locker room, and do whatever is asked of me as a player,” Aune said. “This team’s goals are to compete for the USL League One title this year, and, with many players returning, we will be on the same page with that.”
RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers and Charlotte Independence have agreed to swap home dates in the clubs’ first season together as regional rivals in USL League One.
The home match at City Stadium against Charlotte on Saturday, April 23, 2022, will now be played in Charlotte on Friday, April 22.
The Kickers will host the Independence at City Stadium on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
Times for both matches are still TBD.
2022 marks our historic 30th consecutive season! The USL League One schedule is live and fans can begin to plot their nights at City Stadium! Reserve your spot today at https://www.richmondkickers.com/seasontickets where you can purchase full-season general admission or premium seating options!