Richmond Kickers defender Braeden Troyer controls possession under pressure from Ottawa Fury FC's Kevin Oliveira at TD Place. | Photo courtesy Steve Kingsman / Freestyle Photography / Ottawa Fury FC
RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers announced on Tuesday the club had re-signed of defender Braeden Troyer for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
“Braeden is one of the most versatile and effective defenders in all of the USL,” said Kickers Head Coach David Bulow. “The loss of Braeden through injury last season was a major blow to the team, and we are delighted that he has decided to come back to Richmond for the 2019 Season. Braeden’s experience and professionalism will be a huge asset to our up and coming young players in the club.”
After four seasons, Troyer has made 116 appearances in a Kickers shirt, adding two assists. In 2018, he amassed 2,336 minutes over 27 matches including scoring his first professional goal in a friendly match against La Liga’s RCD Espanyol.
“I am energized by the changes that are taking place in the club, and I can’t wait to be a part of the transformation being made by the new owners and coaching staff,” said Troyer. “With the Red Army leading the way, I know that everyone who comes to City Stadium will make lasting memories and see what the RVA community is all about.”
A four-year starter, a three-time Conference USA Academic Medal winner as well as a three-time member of the league's postseason teams, Troyer helped the University of South Carolina to a C-USA crown in 2011 as well as an NCAA Tournament appearance that season. As a senior, the native of Columbia, S.C. played every minute of the season and anchored the Gamecocks’ defense that posted three shutouts while adding one assist.
“I am thankful that God has given me the opportunity to continue playing this beautiful game,” added Troyer. “The importance of my wife’s ongoing support along with the encouragement from my family and friends in this unconventional career path cannot be overstated. I truly appreciate the Kickers’ trust in me as a player on the field and as a representative off the field.”