The Richmond Kickers come into the 2019 season with only 4 players (three officially signed another veteran signing later this week) from last year. Coach David Bulow has stated since taking over the team late last year that he wanted to put his own mark on the team and create a more possession style of play.
If the first half was any indication you can definitely see a substantive change towards that possession style Bulow has mentioned. There was no attempt by the Kickers to lob the long ball and run to it, instead, the focus was on crisp passes and changing the attack. The pre-season rust was evident. The chances on goal were few and far between, resulting in a 0-0 draw. However, if the team continues down this path they should be a very exciting team to watch in City Stadium.
The first half lineup was what the Kicker faithful can expect at the home opener on March 30th. Amass Amankona, Matt Bolduc, Dennis Chin, Akira Fitzgerald, Josh Hughes, Eli Lockaby, Mutaya Mwape, Scott Thomsen, and recently signed Daniel Jackson all saw playing time. Noticeably absent was Braedon Troyer who is still recovering from off-season surgery.
(Photos by Suzanne Velasco and Richard Hayes)