Robert Ukrop

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Rob Ukrop
Personal information
Full name Robert Ukrop
Date of birth (1970-04-05) April 5, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Richmond, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1988–1990, 1992 Davidson
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Richmond Kickers 7 (X)
1993–1994 Baltimore Spirit (indoor) 29 (13)
1994 Raleigh Flyers 15 (10)
1994 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1994–1995 Dayton Dynamo (indoor) 31 (33)
1995 Richmond Kickers
1996 New England Revolution 9 (2)
1996–1997 Cincinnati Silverbacks (indoor) 5 (3)
1996–2004 Richmond Kickers
National team
1993 U.S. U-23 national
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert Ukrop[1] (born April 5, 1970 in Richmond, Virginia)[2] is a retired U.S. soccer forward.[3]

Ukrop, heir to the Ukrop's Super Market chain,[4] grew up in Richmond where he attended Collegiate School where he starred with both the school’s golf and soccer teams.[5] When Ukrop graduated from high school in 1988, he had partial athletic scholarship offers from Wake Forest and the University of Richmond.[5] However, he chose to attend Davidson College where he joined the Sigma chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. At the time, Davidson had no soccer pedigree, but Ukrop brought it into national prominence during his four seasons there. His junior year, Ukrop scored 22 goals and assisted on 12, earning him second team All American honors.[6] However, he broke his leg at the start of the 1991 season.[4] As a result, he was a medical redshirt that year, but came back strong in 1992.[5] In 1992, his last season at Davidson, Ukrop led the nation in scoring, bagging 31 goals and assisting on 10 others.[7] He also led Davidson to the NCAA Final Four only to fall to San Diego 3–2 in overtime in the semifinals. That year, Ukrop was named a first team All American and the ISAA Player of the Year.[4] He finished his four years at Davidson with the school record in career goals (76), points (184) and assists.[7] His points total is almost double the next player on the points list.[8]

While still at Davidson, Ukrop played with the U.S. national B Team.[4] After graduating from Davidson in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in classical studies,[9] Ukrop went to the World University Games with the U.S. U-23 national team.[3] He scored two goals and added an assist in the U.S. victory over Italy. That summer he also joined the Richmond Kickers of the USISL.[1] The USISL had begun as a small indoor league in the Southwest U.S., but gradually expanded outdoor as well. In 1993, the Kickers joined the league, making the playoffs as a wild card team. They defeated the Charleston Battery, then lost to the eventual USISL champion Greensboro Dynamo.

Ukrop spent the 1993–1994 indoor season with the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).[10] That year, he lost a significant amount of games when he took an elbow to his face, resulting in a broken jaw.[5]

Ukrop then moved to the Raleigh Flyers (USISL) for the 1994 outdoor season,[5] before moving to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Professional Soccer League (APSL).[1] He then spent the 1994–1995 indoor season with the Dayton Dynamo of the NPSL.[2] The Dynamo moved to Cincinnati and renamed itself the Silverbacks in 1995. In 1996, Ukrop rejoined the team for the 1996–1997 season.[3]

In 1995, he was with the Richmond Kickers when that team won the USISL title.[11] Ukrop was a USISL Atlantic Division All Star.[11] The Kickers also took the 1995 U.S. Open Cup with Ukrop being named the championship game MVP.[12]

In January 1996, the New England Revolution drafted Ukrop in the seventh round (65th overall) of the 1996 MLS Draft.[1] However, he never became a regular contributor for the Revs, managing only nine games and two goals, both goals coming in the Revolution’s first game of the season.[2] The Revs released Ukrop on June 28, 1996[2] and returned to the Richmond Kickers for the remainder of the season.[3] Ukrop continued to play each season with the Kickers until he announced his retirement on December 9, 2004.[11] Ukrop retired holding the club records for career goals (70), career assists (30), career points (170) and matches (231).[11]

On January 24, 2004, Davidson retired Ukrop’s jersey number (#6) and inducted him into its Hall of Fame.[13]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d New England Revolution bio[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d ibid[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "USL article". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d 1994 Newspaper article
  5. ^ a b c d e ibid
  6. ^ NCAA All Americans-searchable by name[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Davidson Hall of Fame". .davidson.edu. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "ibid". .davidson.edu. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ This is the only reference to Ukrop's personal web site.[dead link]
  10. ^ 1994 Newspaper Article
  11. ^ a b c d "ibid". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Open cup list". Usopencup.com. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ Davidson Hall of Fame[dead link]

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