Richmond Kickers News Release - www.richmondkickers.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
RICHMOND, VA -- After moving from the Kickers to Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, followed by a two-year stint with the Carolina RailHawks of USL-1, midfielder/defender Joey Worthen has agreed to terms to return to Richmond for the 2009 season, pending USL and USSF approval. Early in his career, Worthen played two seasons with the Kickers and was a member of the 2005 USL-1 Finalists squad.
“It’s a huge boost to the club to have Joey return,” comments Leigh Cowlishaw, Head Coach. “The fans love his physical, tenacious and competitive style of play. We look forward to him returning to Richmond and picking up where he left off.”
Over two seasons with the Kickers (2004-05), Worthen made 46 appearances, accumulating 3,342 minutes. An offensive threat on the left side of the field, Worthen was the Kickers leading point scorer in the first third of the 2004 season and finished the season tied for fourth in points (13) and goals scored (5). Repeating as one of the top scorers in 2005, Worthen added three goals and six points en route to the Championship match.
The 6’1” native of Salt Lake City, UT signed with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer following the 2005 season where he played 29 minutes in three appearances. His brief stint in MLS led to two seasons with the Carolina RailHawks. An integral part of the 2007 inaugural RailHawks roster, Worthen played in 22 regular season matches tallying three goals and one assist. Sidelined with a long-term injury during the 2008 season, he made just five appearances, recording one assist.
Prior to joining the Kickers in 2004, Worthen was drafted by the then USL-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round of the College Draft and led the teams in minutes with 2,247 in 28 games. The assists leader (7) was the only player to appear in 28 matches and earned the Riverhounds Rookie of the Year award.
At the University of South Carolina, he scored 25 goals and notched 15 assists over four seasons for the Gamecocks, taking NSCAA All-South First Team honors in 2001. Worthen also has PDL experience with the Cape Cod Crusaders notching five goals and four assists and was a member of the 1999 U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team.
Kickers Sign Rookie Henry Kalungi To Solidify Backline
The Richmond Kickers are also pleased to announce the recent signing of rookie defender Henry Kalungi from Kampala, Uganda, pending USSF and visa approval. A Winthrop University product, Kalungi spend the 2008 season with the Fredericksburg Gunners of the Premier Development League. A First-Team All-Conference selection, Kalungi anchored the Gunners’ defense in 14 matches, amassing 1,240 minutes while leading Fredericksburg to four shutouts.
“After watching Henry on several occasions last year, we had followed his progress through his final year of college,” adds Cowlishaw. “We were close to signing him prior to the MLS draft and are excited for him to start his professional career with the Kickers.”
Over three seasons at Winthrop, the 6’2” defender made 56 appearances. Doubling as an offensive threat, the 2006 team MVP notched five goals and added three assists. His efforts earned All-Big South Team honors, as well as Big South All-Tournament Team and NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Team accolades throughout his collegiate career. Additionally, Kalungi brings international experience to Richmond as a former member of the Uganda U-20 National Team.
Kickers versus Carolina RailHawks
The Richmond Kickers will open the 2009 season with a USL-1 exhibition match featuring Worthen’s former team, Carolina RailHawks on Saturday, April 4th at 7:00 pm at Sports Backers Stadium. Regularly priced admission ($12/adults, $7/youth ages 3-17) will apply for the home opener exhibition and tickets are on sale now via RichmondKickers.com. Order a season pass* prior to March 27th and purchase tickets to the home opener for just $5.00 each.