RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The face of the Kickers will play one more season in Richmond. And he's picked up an added title.
The Richmond Kickers named veteran goalkeeper Ronnie Pascale player/assistant coach for the 2012 season, pending USL and USSF approval. Pascale has announced that his 13th season will be his last as a professional soccer player.
The 35 year old Pascale has two young children, and works full time for a stadium turf company. He's looking forward to the opportunity to go on more vacations with his family.
Pascale has been Richmond's starting goalkeeper since 2002, logging over 25,000 minutes in a Kickers uniform. Consistently one of the top netminders in the league, Pascale backstopped the team to the USL PRO and U.S. Open Cup Semifinals in 2011, ending the campaign with a minuscule 0.960 goals against average in 30 games played. Shoring up one of the best defensive units in the league, the experienced goalkeeper led the back line to a career-best 11 shutouts in 2011, while allowing just 29 goals on the season. The longtime Kickers veteran tops the all-time games played list with 279 appearances and is a three-time USL Goalkeeper of the Year, honored in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
The Kickers 20th season begins on Saturday April 7th.