Jackson Eskay, who led the FC Frederick NPSL squad in assists in 2015, signed a professional contract with the Richmond Kickers of the USL last week.

“Jackson’s signing is another positive example of what can happen when you attend our tryouts,”

Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer Leigh Cowlishaw commented. “He made an immediate impact at the event and continued to impress when he joined the squad full time.”

Eskay, a senior midfielder at William & Mary, was noticed at the Kickers’ January pro tryout.

He inked his first professional contract shortly after the three-day event. He also attended the NPSL Combine in January.

Eskay helped FC Frederick to a 4-2-4 record in its inaugural NPSL season last summer with a team-high six assists. This past fall, Eskay, a team captain, led William & Mary with six goals and eight assists in his senior campaign. He figured in 17 goals and 16 assists during his four seasons with the Tribe. He was a two-time All-CAA second-team selection.

“Jackson was one of the first players to go through the entire pyramid — from U4 to the (NPSL) team,” FC Frederick NPSL head coach Chris Spinks added. “I think it speaks volumes for the club, that we’re doing it the right way. We’re building every step of the way. Jackson also had

ODP and (NCAA Division I) experience, but he’s always been with the club. His play last year in the NPSL showed he was ready to take that next step, and (signing with Richmond) is a great opportunity for him to gain experience against players on the next level.”

Eskay joins Darvin Ebanks and Brenden Alfery as 2016 NPSL Combine participants that have turned pro.

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