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Ssejjemba finishes 2006 season with D.C. United

September 15, 2006 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Richmond Kickers News Release

RICHMOND, VA - (Friday, September 15, 2006) - USL Second Division Champion Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce that USL2 Most Valuable Player Robert Ssejjemba will join DC United of Major League Soccer on loan for the remainder of the 2006 MLS season. Although specific terms were not disclosed, Ssejjemba will be eligible to travel with DC United to Chicago this Sunday.

Ssejjemba played with D.C. United's reserve squad last weekend, in which he tallied a hat trick in the 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake.

Named USL2 Most Valuable Player, Ssejjemba consistently led the Kickers and the league in scoring this season, notching 17 of the Kickers 50 goals in 19 regular season games played. With four assists, he concluded the 2006 campaign with 38 points, 15 points ahead of second-place Mike Burke (9 goals, 5 assists, 23 points) and was a USL2 All-League First Team selection. In his second year with the Kickers, Ssejjemba was named to the USL2 Team of the Week five times over the season, more than any other Kickers' player, garnering USL2 Player of the Week honors twice.

A native of Kampala, Uganda, Ssejjemba has earned six caps - and scored two goals - with the full Ugandan National Team, including two World Cup qualifiers in June of 2005. He was a part of under-18 and under-20 and under-23 Ugandan National Teams before coming to the United States to attend Virginia Intermont College (NAIA) on a soccer scholarship.

2006 Overall Statistics (Includes Open Cup and Playoffs)

#14 Robert Ssejjemba Forward 5'10" 165lbs Hometown: Kampala, Uganda

GP/GS: 22/22 Min: 1,648 Fouls: 35 Shots: 44 Goals: 18 Assists: 5 Points: 41

In franchise history, 20 players have progressed from the Richmond Kickers into Major League Soccer. Former Kickers players who have advanced to MLS include Mike Clark (Columbus Crew), Dwayne DeRosario (Houston Dynamo), Brian Kamler (D.C. United, Miami Fusion, New England Revolution), Brian Bates (Colorado Rapids, Dallas Burn), Scott Budnick (Miami Fusion, Tampa Bay Mutiny), Jeff Causey (New England Revolution, D.C. United), Ben Crawley (D.C. United), Ted Gillen (NY/NJ Metrostars), Gary Glasgow (Kansas City Wizards), Onandi Lowe (Kansas City Wizards), Mike McGinty (D.C. United), Mark Simpson (D.C. United), Todd Yeagley (Columbus Crew), Ihor Dotsenko (Kansas City Wizards), Rob Ukrop (New England Revolution), Richie Williams (D.C. United, NY/NJ Metrostars), David Testo (Columbus Crew), Clyde Simms (D.C. United), Joey Worthen (Real Salt Lake) and Robert Ssejjemba (D.C. United).

Former Kickers alumni now in MLS also includes Brian Kamler (Director of Soccer Development, Real Salt Lake), Marco Ferruzzi (Assistant Coach, FC Dallas), Richie Williams (Assistant Coach, NY/NJ Metrostars), former Kickers Head Coach Colin Clarke (Head Coach, FC Dallas) and former Kickers General Manager Curt Johnson (General Manager, Kansas City Wizards).

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