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  #7  -  Matthew Delicate Return to: TEAM PAGE | TEAM ROSTER
Hometown: Boncath, Wales UK Last Club: Richmond Kickers Nationality: England

 Bio:

Forward
HT
:  6’3” WT:  190
DOB: 02-07-82
HOMETOWN: Kent, England
CITIZENSHIP: England
COLLEGE: Virginia Commonwealth University
LAST CLUB: Rochester Raging Rhinos (USL-1)

Professional Experience and Honors:

2008: Most recently, Delicâte finished third in scoring with Rochester with five goals and three assists for 13 points, earning Player of the Week honors once. Delicâte quickly made his way onto the team’s all-time scoring list with 19 regular season goals over three seasons

2007: Despite being sidelined with a broken jaw mid-season, Delicâte earned Player of the Week honors twice, concluding the campaign on the league’s top 20 list in points (13). 

2006: Following the 2005 season, the Kickers transferred Delicâte’s playing rights to the Rochester Rhinos (USL-1).  Making his debut in Rochester on May 5th against Miami FC, Delicâte finished that season as the Rhinos leading scorer with 19 points, placing in the top ten in the league in points and goals (8). 

2005: In his second season with the Kickers, Delicâte led the team in scoring with 12 goals and two assists overall for 26 points.  Recording more game-winning goals than any other Kicker with four, Delicâte was responsible for three goals against Rochester during last season’s USL First Division Semi-Finals, leading the team to the Championship Final.  Ranked in the regular season top ten league leaders in points (10th) with 18 and goals (9th) with nine, Delicâte was named to the USL First Division Team of the Week four times for the weeks of 4/26/05, 5/17/05, 5/24/05 and 6/07/05 for multiple point games against Atlanta, Virginia Beach, Minnesota and Charleston.

2004: In his first year in the USL-1, Delicâte began an impressive professional career, finishing the season as the Kickers second leading scorer with 20 points.  Recording the most assists on the team with six, he appeared in 31 games in 2004.  He was named to the USL-1 Team of the Week for the first time for a goal and assist in the 2-1 victory in Syracuse on June 25th and was ranked in the top 20 point leaders and top 10 assist leaders in the USL-1.     

College Experience and Honors:

2003: Delicâte led the team in scoring with 39 points (15 goals, 9 assists), the third highest in school history.  The 2003 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, Delicâte led the league in scoring as well. 

2002: Delicâte recorded career highs in goals (12) and points (26) en route to being named second team All-Colonial Athletic Association for the second straight year.  He also made the All-Virginia second team and ranked second in goals and fifth in points in the CAA.  He was selected to the Verizon Academic All-America third team and earned MVP honors at the CAA Tournament after scoring two goals and one assist in two games.

2001: Delicâte was a second-team All-CAA selection and led the Rams in goals scored with 11.  He ranked third in CAA in that category and fifth in total points (22). 

2000: Delicâte was the only freshman to play in every game, starting 13.  He led the team in goals with six and was named to the Nike/ALLTELL Soccer Classic all-tournament team. 

Delicâte is VCU’s career leader with 44 goals and 13 assists for 101 points.  A natural goal scorer, he had 16 game-winning goals in his career and was the first Ram to ever reach the century mark in career points.  As a member of the Richmond Kickers Future (PDL), Delicâte led the team in points with 32 on 15 goals and two assists in 2003.  He logged over 2,700 minutes on the field in 34 games, scoring a total of 25 goals and 55 points total during his two years with the Future.

Professional Statistics (Includes US Open Cup and Playoffs)

Club

Year

GP/GS

MIN

Goals

Assists

Points

Richmond Kickers

2004

31/23

2,089

7

6

20

Richmond Kickers

2005

33/25

2,328

12

2

26

Rochester Rhinos

2006

28/20

1,869

8

3

19

Rochester Rhinos

2007

19/17

1,442

6

1

13

Rochester Rhinos

2008

 

1,715

5

3

13

Totals

 

111/85+

9,443

38

15

91



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