This is a rescheduled game after the original August 17th game was stopped due to nearly constant lightning. Despite a few clouds bouncing around out there the forecast is looking good for the 7 PM kickoff at City Stadium.
Richmond Kickers (12-6-7) have gone nine games without a loss and seven of those games were wins. This has been enough to (barely) move them into third place in the standings and more importantly secure a spot in the playoffs. Charleston Battery (11-5-8) just broke a four game losing streak with a win against the Charlotte Independence.
Kickers: Defender Hugh Roberts (#8) has played every minute of every game during the 2016 campaign, anchoring the Kickers backline to 11 shutouts. The native of Olney, MD has amassed over 5,000 minutes in a Kickers uniform over three seasons after being discovered at the club’s 2014 pro tryouts. Newcomer Scott Thomsen (#32) posted his first professional goal when he lifted the Kickers to a 1-0 win over Orlando City B last weekend. The former University of Virginia standout signed with New York Red Bulls as a Homegrown Player in 2015 before joining the Kickers mid-season. Returning on loan from the club’s official MLS affiliate, D.C. United, goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra (#50) backstopped the Kickers to their 11th shutout of the season last week. On loan with the Kickers for the majority of the 2013 season, the MLS veteran earned 2013 USL Goalkeeper of the Year honors on route to the 2013 USL Regular Season Championship.
Battery: Recovering from an injury-blighted first year in 2013 that restricted him to just six games played, Cuban midfielder Maikel Chang (#12) returned to full strength last season and has appeared in all but one match during the 2016 campaign. Leading the team with five assists, he recently added his fourth goal of the season against Charlotte to lead the Battery to a 1-0 win. Forward Romario Williams (#9) joined the Battery prior to the 2016 season on loan from Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact, making an immediate impact and leading the club with nine goals and 19 points. Picked third overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the U23 Jamaican National Team forward made two appearances with the Impact’s first team last season. Alex Tambakis (#1) backstopped the Battery to their first shutout in over a month, making three crucial saves against the Charlotte Independence last week. The Greek/American goalkeeper holds the distinction of becoming the first-ever signing for MLS expansion club, Atlanta United F.C., Charleston’s official MLS affiliate.
He’s not listed as a player to watch but many eyes will be on the where Matthew Delicâte will most likely be starting. After a cancer scare and surgery Delicâte made a return to the pitch this past Saturday.
RTD has this story on his return and what it means to him, the team and the fans.
If you like craft beers this is a good game to attend. There will be over 15 craft beers on draft and Happy Hour Specials. Due to archaic ABC rules the Kickers can’t tell you what those specials are but last time the “Happy Hour Specials” translated to $3 beer tickets if purchased before the 7 PM kickoff.
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