USL Pro: Richmond Kickers sign VCU’s Joseph Haboush

Midfielder Joseph Haboush, who played club soccer with the Richmond Strikers and college soccer at VCU, has agreed to terms with the USL Pro’s Richmond Kickers, pending USSF approval.

“Signing Joseph was an easy decision for our staff, as he impressed on several levels,” said Kickers coach and director of soccer Leigh Cowlishaw in a press release.  “From his time with VCU, we have always admired his confidence and composure on the ball. We believe his soccer attributes will fit our style of play perfectly.

“In addition, we were blown away by Joseph’s enthusiasm and desire to represent his local professional team. Joseph’s signing is another significant step in the evolution of professional player development in the city of Richmond and we are delighted to have him part of our squad.”

At VCU, the 5-foot-9, 155 lb. 22-year old Haboush made 56 appearances, scoring three goals and tallying 10 assists from 2008-2012. Haboush was a first team All-Metro player at Benedictine High School and spent two seasons with the Richmond Strikers U-16 Elite and U-18 Academy teams.

While he saw limited action in the 2008-2010 seasons, Haboush in 2011 played 15 games for the Rams, starting 11. In 2012, Haboush played 21 games and started 18, scoring two goals and picking up five assists.

The following is the current Kickers roster, per the team’s website:

GK - Ryan Jones (#1)

D - Sascha Goerres (#23), Shane Johnson (#3), Henry Kalungi (#25), William Yomby (#2)

M - David Bulow (#10), Michael Callahan (#21), Phillippe Davies (#20), Gerson dos Santos (#8), Bobby Fogelsong (#14), Joseph Haboush, Stanley Nyazamba (#99)

F - Jason Yeisley (#17)

The Kickers will receive four players this season from D.C. United on long-term loan with the clubs’ newly-announced affiliation, as Kalungi has been training with United during the preseason, and Cowlishaw and Goerres, an assistant coach with the team this season, have observed United training.