Richmond’s Conor Shanosky is one of a handful of returning players this year.

Five players to watch

Daniel Jackson, striker

Jackson bagged eight goals in 16 games in leagues in Finland and Australia in 2018. A goal every two games is the benchmark for any striker worth his salt, and if Jackson can match that scoring record in Richmond, he’ll be greeted with open arms.

Joe Gallardo, forward

The 21-year-old Gallardo once was considered a top prospect in the U.S. national team pipeline at the U-17 level but still is trying to get his pro career off the ground.

Dennis Chin, forward

Chin led the USL in scoring in 2012 with Orlando City but has found scoring success to be generally fleeting since.

Conor Shanosky, center back

Shanosky is the veteran of the three returning defensive players, and if Richmond can get more possession this season, his passing ability from the back will be a strength.

Akira Fitzgerald, goalkeeper

The Kickers have used on-loan goalkeepers from MLS clubs for the majority of the past two seasons — Matt Turner (New England Revolution) and Travis Worra (D.C. United), and each spent the bulk of their time in Richmond retrieving the ball from the back of the net. Fitzgerald should step in right away and give Richmond the continuity it has lacked between the sticks.

The team

Goalkeepers: Akira Fitzgerald (1); Joe Rice (23); Matt Broomall (94)

Defenders: Aboubacar Keita (2); Scott Thomsen (3); Ivan Magalhães (4); Conor Shanosky (5); Eli Lockaby (17); Wahab Ackwei (18); Luke Pavone (20); Braeden Troyer (31).

Midfielders: Josh Hughes (7); Amass Amankona (8); Matt Bolduc (11); Alex Ainscough (12); Nick Retzlaff (14); Justin Grove (16); Maxi Rodriguez (21); Jannik Eckenrode (22); Sam Moore (24); Greg Boehme (28); Charles Boateng (77); Mutaya Mwape (80); Lucas Mendes (97)

Forwards: Daniel Jackson (9); Joe Gallardo (10); Dennis Chin (15)

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