03 2 / 2013
I’m a little behind, but I am pretty happy with the news of the MLS and USLPRO partnership. I was even more happy to hear that two teams I work for, D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers, announced affiliation.
Since United’s inception, they have had a working relationship with the Richmond Kickers. Three players on the original roster of D.C. United, Richie Williams, Jeff Causey, Brian Kamler, had been members of the Kickers. Those players had also won the Kickers only U.S. Open Cup title in 1995, before joining United.
As late as this season, the Kickers still have an effect on the United roster. Ethan White had been loaned out to the Kickers for most of the 2012 season (Long Tan was also loaned for one match). Dwayne De Rosario, United’s captain and the 2011 MLS MVP, was on the Kickers roster for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
With this new affiliation, Richmond will receive a minimum of four players from D.C. Along with this new integration of the reserve squads from other MLS teams, the Kickers will play a home and home series with the Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves. According to the press releases from both clubs:
Additional technical and commercial initiatives between MLS and USL PRO are expected to be announced in the coming months once details are finalized.
This looks like it will be a very interesting year for both D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers.