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Kickersí Troyer Aims to Build on Rookie Season
Release: 02/10/2016
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Braeden Troyer was one of the big success stories for the Richmond Kickers in 2015, as the rookie became a reliable member of the club’s back four as it reached the playoffs for a fifth consecutive USL season.

With the new season approaching, though, Troyer is looking to add to his game and provide more of an attacking threat as Richmond looks to push back toward the top of the standings in the Eastern Conference this year.

“In 2016, I hope to be more dangerous in the attacking half,” Troyer told “It was nice to be able to contribute on both sides of the ball at the end of last season and I want to do that right from the start this year.”

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Troyer made 25 regular-season appearances for the Kickers in 2015, and recorded one assist in the club’s final regular season contest, a 2-1 win against Toronto FC II. A former standout for the University of South Carolina and the PDL’s South Carolina United FC, Troyer was called into action early for the Kickers as he made his first start in the side’s fifth game of the season, a 1-0 road win against the New York Red Bulls II, and remained a consistent part of the lineup for the remainder of the season.

“It was a real blessing that I was able to see the field so early on this past season,” Troyer said. “No matter how well-prepared one is, playing in or starting a match is never guaranteed and I am grateful for the opportunities I had last season.”

As the Kickers build their squad, Troyer will likely be a key piece in the upcoming season.

“My main focus is to continue being a reliable player for the Kickers,” he said. "I want to be a part of a back line this year that is hard to break down and will lead the team till the end of October.”
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