USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Kickers announced Wednesday the return of defender Braeden Troyer for the 2016 USL season.
Troyer made 22 starts and 25 appearances this past regular season, logging 1,907 minutes and adding an assist to help the Kickers reach the USL Playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
Troyer impressed at the Kickers 2015 Pro Combine, earning his first professional contract after the three-day event. Making an immediate impact with the starting lineup, he anchored the Kickers’ back line in 28 games during his debut season. He was named to the USL Team of the Week in September for his efforts in holding the USL Champions Rochester Rhinos scoreless and recorded his first professional assist one week later in the club’s 2-1 win over Toronto.
A four-year starter at the University of South Carolina, a three-time Conference USA Academic Medal winner as well as a three-time member of the league's postseason teams, Troyer helped the Gamecocks to a C-USA crown in 2011 and an NCAA Tournament appearance that season. As a senior, the native of Columbia, SC played every minute of the season and anchored South Carolina’s defense that posted three shutouts while adding one assist.