Kickers Add Firepower with Hernan Gonzalez
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Kickers have signed Argentinian forward Hernan Gonzalez for the 2021 USL League One season, pending league and federation approval.
"We were looking for a player that could hold the ball up in the attack and give us another option in the box," commented Chief Sporting Officer and Head Coach Darren Sawatzky. "Hernan is a lethal target and he has great experience as a professional in high level competition. He gives us the option of changing the set up depending on how we want to play and how we want to attack teams. He is humble considering his history in the game and we are excited to welcome him to the club."
A proven goalscorer for a variety of South American clubs, Gonzalez is bringing an extensive international career to RVA. Known to his fans as "El Tanque" ("The Tank"), Gonzalez has made 106 appearances in league and cup competition for clubs in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Brazil, scoring 35 goals in his professional career so far. Most recently, the imposing forward featured for Juventud Unida Universitario in his native country, Argentina, scoring two goals in three games. Prior to that, he played in Chile for Club Deportivo Magallanes, appearing in 16 matches and scoring two goals for the "El Viejo y Querido" ("The Old and Dear") - one of the oldest clubs in Chile. Prior to joining Club Deportivo Magallanes, Gonzalez spent the 2018 season in Ecuador, making 14 appearances for Orense Sporting Club.
"Coming to the United States and signing with the Kickers generated great interest for me because I did not know the country and I did not have the opportunity to participate in a league of this level," said Gonzalez. "But what I could see of the Kickers, I liked very much and it is an experience I want to try."
Playing the majority of his early years in Argentina, Gonzalez started his pro career with Club Atlético Atlas, where he fired in 22 goals in 50 matches. Through the 2014 and 2015 season, he was with Club Comunicaciones de Buenos Aires and made 13 league and two Copa Argentina appearances. Between 2017 and 2018, The Tank appeared in a total of 23 matches in the league and Copa Argentina for Club Atlético Douglas Haig, scoring nine goals for the "Fogoneros" ("The Stokers") before starting his journeys in Ecuador, Brazil and Chile, eventually landing in RVA.
"This new opportunity is a great challenge in my career so the objectives are also higher," continued Gonzalez. "Personally, I want to give my best to help the team and collectively to be a champion with the Kickers."
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TRANSACTION: Richmond Kickers have signed forward Hernan Gonzalez for the 2021 USL League One season on February 22, 2021.
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