USL Division III: Richmond drops down a division for second time

For the second time, the Richmond Kickers, who go back to the USISL in 1993, is dropping down a division.

The will join the new USL Division III for its 2019 launch, joining seven other teams previously announced for next season.

2019 USL Division III:
Chattanooga Pro Soccer
Greenville Triumph
Madison Pro Soccer
Orlando City B (on hiatus)
Richmond Kickers (USL)
South Georgia Tormenta FC (PDL)
Toronto FC II (USL)
FC Tucson (PDL)

“The USL’s new professional league is the perfect fit for the long-term success of the Kickers organization,” said Kickers president Vern Inge. “As an organization we have seen substantial growth on and off the field in the past decade, including acquiring a long-term lease at our home of City Stadium. This move will further strengthen the club as we close in on our third decade of operation, continuing to offer a high level of professional soccer in one of the best playing environments in the country.”

Support for the Kickers has grown in recent years. They averaged 4,665 fans in 2017 and are averaging 4,146 in 2018, the only two times in their 26 seasons they've topped 4,000 a game.

In 2006, the Kickers moved from the USL First Division to the Second Division, where they played for five seasons. When the current USL -- USL Pro -- launched in 2011, Richmond was one of five teams that moved to the new league. Charleston and Pittsburgh remain in the USL. Harrisburg is now Penn FC, while the Charlotte Eagles moved to the amateur PDL.

The Kickers won the U.S. Open Cup in 1995 and USL Second Division title in 2006 and 2009.

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