Pinto played 17 matches for the Duke Blue Devils during his senior season. / Photo courtesy of Duke Athletics
The Richmond Kickers have signed defender Hassan Pinto, the club announced Thursday. Pinto will be available for selection this Saturday as the Kickers take on Forward Madison FC at City Stadium.
"Hassan has had a good trial period with us here in Richmond,” said Richmond Kickers Sporting Director and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky. “He is a smart player with great physical attributes. The ability to sign a young defender with potential is huge as we build our team for the future. He is training well and growing quickly so hopefully we see him getting influential minutes sooner than expected."
Pinto signs his first professional contract with the Kickers following a productive collegiate career at Duke University and Elon University. During his senior season, Pinto started 17 matches for the Blue Devils and played a pivotal role in the team’s eight clean sheets. The 6-foot-1 defender played 48 matches over the course of three seasons at Elon, helping the school to 22 clean sheets and registering two assists.
“I’m so excited for the opportunity to sign my first professional contract with the Richmond Kickers,” said Pinto. “I can't wait to get started!”