D.C. United today announced that goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra will join the Richmond Kickers on loan. Dykstra will train during the week with the Black-and-Red’s First Team and join the Kickers for games. United has also loaned forward Casey Townsend, defender/midfielder Taylor Kemp, forward Michael Seaton, and midfielder Conor Shanosky to the Kickers as part of the two clubs’ landmark affiliation agreement.
Acquired by the Black-and-Red on Feb. 27, 2012, Dykstra spent much of last season on loan with USL PRO side the Charleston Battery. The 27-year-old made 23 appearances (23 starts) for Charleston, leading the Battery to a USL PRO championship. Dykstra also spent the 2011 campaign with the Charleston Battery and led the League with a 0.98 GAA and earned the club’s Betsy McAdam’s Newcomer of the Year award at season’s end.
Before coming to D.C. United, Dykstra spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Chicago Fire, appearing in 17 matches (17 starts) with five shutouts and a 1.28 GAA mark. The goalkeeper was previously a standout at local Virginia Commonwealth University, playing in 73 games over four collegiate seasons and earning all-conference honors twice. Dykstra logged more than 6,500 minutes with the Rams and posted 18 career shutouts for the squad. From 2005-08, Dykstra was a member of the Kickers Premier Development team, appearing in 50 matches and registering eight clean sheets for the side.