Davidson commit to play for Richmond Kickers this season


Davidson commit Sawyer Gaffney has signed on to play for Richmond Kickers in the USL this season as an amateur player before heading to college.

The goalkeeper has played in the Kickers youth system since he was 12 and is currently on the U18 team. By taking one of the available Academy roster spots, Gaffney will follow in the footsteps of North Carolina goalkeeper Drew Romig, who played for the Kickers last season.

To qualify for an Academy spot in USL, players must be younger than 21 at the start of the current season; can’t have competed in college, must never have signed as a professional and must either be from a club’s region, an affiliate youth team or an MLS affiliate.

“Sawyer is one of the most dedicated youth athletes we have seen come through the Kickers ranks,” Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer, said in a news release. “His work ethic and desire to succeed are second to none. Sawyer has already impressed the first team with his performances during training and we are pleased to add him to the squad for 2016.”

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