Lockaby made 22 League One appearances for the Richmond Kickers in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Hendricks/Richmond Kickers)
Forward Madison FC has signed defender Eli Lockaby, the club announced Tuesday. Lockaby joins the Flamingos after playing 22 matches for the Richmond Kickers in 2019.
Lockaby scored one goal, tallied an assist and made the USL League One Team of the Week once while playing with the Kickers in 2019. The 24-year old played the third-most minutes of any outfield player on Richmond’s roster, making 125 recoveries and 32 interceptions from his right back position.
“Eli gave us a hard time when we played against Richmond,” said Forward Madison Head Coach and Technical Director Daryl Shore. “He’s an athletic player, he gets up the field quite well and he’s a good one-on-one defender. We’re extremely excited that he’s decided to join our club.”
Prior to signing his first professional contract with the Kickers, Lockaby completed a four-year career at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lockaby played 73 matches for the Rams, leading the side to the Atlantic 10 Conference title in 2018. A native of Orlando, Florida, Lockaby played with Orlando City SC’s youth teams before beginning his collegiate career in Virginia.
“When you have a chance to get a player of Eli’s talent, you have to bring him onto your roster,” said Shore. “Eli is a guy that started a lot of games in our league last year [and] we thought it was important to bring someone like that in.”