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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Recent, Richmond Kickers, USL PRO | 0 comments

Ownby on Loan to Kickers from Dynamo

Ownby on Loan to Kickers from Dynamo

Richmond Kickers Press Release

RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, March 22, 2013) – The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that former Richmond Strikers Academy and University of Virginia midfielder, Brian Ownby returns to Richmond on loan from Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, pending USSF approval.

“When we discovered Brian was available on loan we knew we had to bring him back to Richmond,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer.  “We were encouraged to find that Brian was just as excited to return to his hometown pro team and know that with his strong ties to the Strikers and Deep Run High School, he is a player the entire community can rally behind.”

Selected by the Houston Dynamo in the first round of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, Ownby made seven appearances, recording a pair of assists off the bench in his rookie season.  A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ownby signed with Houston after a standout collegiate career at UVA where he made 72 appearances over four seasons, finishing with 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points.  He was named Second Team All-ACC in 2011 after earning first-team honors in 2010 and was a member of the NCAA Championship-winning team in 2009.  The 5’11” midfielder represented the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, scoring a goal in the group stage match against Cameroon.

The former RichmondStrikersAcademy player is a graduate of DeepRunHigh School, taking Colonial District and Central Region Player of the Year honors in 2008.

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Union Dues Views

The last time I talked to the Kickers’ front office, they indicated that they were looking for forwards to round out the 2013 roster.  Ownby, however, is a midfielder.  The supplemental draft pick did get some MLS experience with the Dynamo, and he proved he could put up points while at UVA.  Leigh Cowlishaw seems thrilled to have him.  I’ll take the hall-of-fame coach at his word.

In my opinion, the more important point is that this was a loan from Houston, not DC United with whom Richmond is affiliated via the merger between USL PRO and MLS Reserves.  It shows that affiliated teams still have the latitude to work with other teams in MLS.  One of my worries about the merger, and affiliations in particular, is that USL PRO clubs will truly become a minor league team for a parent MLS club that calls all the shots.  I fear for the autonomy of USL PRO.  This loan helps to temporarily assuage my fears.



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