Conor Shanosky, Casey Townsend, Michael Seaton, and Taylor Kemp are the four players who will start the season in Richmond. Shanosky and Kemp are the long-term loanees, while Seaton and Townsend will likely shuffle back and forth between DC and RVA.
UPDATE: Conor Shanosky, Casey Townsend, Michael Seaton, and Taylor Kemp are the four players who will start the season in Richmond. More details about the specifics with The Gofffather.
The Richmond Kickers took on the Georgetown Hoyas this past Saturday, losing the game 1-0. Two D.C. United players started that game and they are the two players most likely to spend significant time in Richmond, barring injuries to multiple members of the first team: Conor Shanosky and Casey Townsend. Of note is the fact that Shanosky played in the midfield rather than playing in central defense. As Ben Olsen has indicated, the other two players that United is required to have at each Richmond Kickers game will rotate. My prediction is that Taylor Kemp will be a third candidate and that the fourth spot will be a true wildcard, with players who are coming back from injury getting a game here and there. We should know this week, as the Kickers have tweeted that they will have several major announcements coming soon.
It makes sense that Ethan White is not going to be one of the two players that Olsen will keep in Richmond long term. The most glaring reason is, of course, the fact that Dejan Jakovic is away for international duty; White made the 18 for last weekend's match against the New York Red Bulls even with Jakovic there, so he could be pressing Woolard for the third centerback spot. Another reason is that the Kickers have quality depth at centerback already, with Henry Kalungi, William Yomby, and Shane Johnson all playing well there last year. If you remember, that depth pushed White to right back for the Kickers last year. I expect that White will see some time in Richmond this year, but I hope that the third year homegrown player will be fighting for time with the first team instead.
Who do you think will be the four players to start the season down south?