Photo courtesy of UMASS Lowell
The Richmond Kickers have signed forward Stanley Alves, the club announced Friday. The 2020 USL League One season will be Alves’ first as a professional.
"Stanley was a player we watched during the college season at Lowell and he attended our combine weekend in December,” said Richmond Head Coach and Sporting Director Darren Sawatzky. “He is clinical in his finishing and he puts himself in good positions to finish off opportunities created by the team. Having another attacking option creates competition and brings the level of players up in our team. We look forward to getting Stanley in front of the goal."
Alves recently finished his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he scored 13 goals and tallied four assists in 51 matches. Alves transferred to UMASS Lowell after head-turning freshman season Dean College. Competing in the NJCAA, Alves broke seven school records and scored 19 goals in 16 games. While in college, the Minas Gerais, Brazil native played in USL League Two with Seacoast United and trained with New England Revolution’s U-23 side.
“I want to start off by thanking the coaching staff, teammates, family, and ultimately God for putting me in a place where I didn’t see a limit for growth,” said Alves. “Some say that the people you are surrounded by are the ones that shape you. It could not have been more apparent at UMass Lowell. I’d like to thank coach Darren for seeing something special in me and offering me my first pro contract. The first is always a special one.”
Alves is the 15th player to be added to the Kickers’ 2020 roster. To keep up with all the player movement across League One, follow the Transfer Tracker.