Sascha, originally from Flensburg, Germany, came to the US when he was 23 years old to play college soccer at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. Previously, he played for ETSV Weiche and TSB Flensburg in Germany’s 4th division.
After graduating college as an All-American in 2005, he was drafted by the Richmond Kickers Pro Team and played there until his retirement in 2016. He ranks second on the club’s all-time career list in assists (53) and games played (287).
In addition, Sascha filled the role of Richmond Kickers Pro Team Assistant Coach from 2013 until 2018. He has been coaching for the Richmond Kickers Youth Club for several years and joined Richmond United at its inception in 2014.
ECNL Director Sascha Goerres currently holds the US Soccer A-Youth License.
Michael grew up in Cary, North Carolina playing for CASL youth soccer club and Carolina Railhawks PDL. From 2005-2008 he attended and played soccer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, he had an eight-year professional playing career in the USL, two for the Austin Aztex and six for the Richmond Kickers. In his final two years as a player, he served as the club captain as well as a player/assistant coach in his final year.
After retiring from playing after the 2016 season, he joined the Richmond Kickers Pro Team coaching staff as an assistant from 2017 to 2018. He began his youth coaching career in 2013 with the Richmond Kickers Youth Club, coaching in their Classic and Elite programs.
ECNL coach Michael Callahan earned his US Soccer A-Youth License in early 2020.
Will Bates is a native of Chester, Virginia where he grew up playing for local clubs Chesterfield United and the Richmond Strikers. Bates played at the University of Virginia where he helped lead the 2009 team to a National Championship. During his youth and collegiate career, Bates was a regular member of the U15, U17, U18, and U20 U.S. Youth National Teams. Following his time at UVA, Bates was drafted and played for the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer in 2013 & 2014.
Following his professional career, Bates moved back to Richmond where he pursued a master's degree in Sports Leadership through VCU’s Center for Sports Leadership program.
ECNL Coach Will Bates currently holds his US Soccer B-License.
A native of Bosnia, Emir entered professional soccer at the age of 17 while playing in the First Bosnian League for Drina Zvornik. Due to the war he was forced to leave Bosnia and move to Berlin in Germany, where he played for Hertha BSC ll, MSV Normania and BSC Marzahn. Upon his return to Bosnia after the war, Emir played one season of professional Futsal with Bosna Kompred in the Bosnian Futsal League. After his move to the US, Emir started his coaching career with FutsalRVA, Richmond Strikers and the Richmond Kickers. He currently holds a USSF C-License.
A Virginia Beach native, Joseph grew up playing for Beach FC. After a successful youth club career he attended the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy (RIASA) based in Leeds England, where he studied and played soccer for four years. While in England, Joseph played against non-league sides (teams outside the top four leagues in England) and featured regularly in showcase games against Premier League reserve and academy teams such as Leicester City and Burnley FC. Joseph also represented RIASA in Norway, Finland and Slovenia during his four years in Europe.
After graduating from RIASA in 2018 he joined Fredericksburg FC as Goalkeeper Director bringing along with him the experience and knowledge he gathered while in Europe.
Joseph holds a Level 3 Goalkeeper License and is purusing the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma this year.
Scott Thomsen's youth soccer career includes time spent with the U16 and U18 New York Red Bulls Academy. During his youth career Scott was involved with the US Youth National team program from the U14-U18 age groups. He continued his soccer career at the University of Virginia. Scott helped lead the team to an NCAA National Championship in 2014.
After graduating from UVA, Scott signed an MLS homegrown contract with New York Red Bulls. After being released, he has continued his professional career with Orlando City B and the Richmond Kickers in the USL, where he still plays today.
He currently holds his US Soccer C Coaching license, and is working on continuing his coaching education through the professional offseasons. Scott will serve as a Video Analyst for Richmond United.