Getting playing time for players was the focus of this pre-season game. The match started early and played at least an extra 15 minutes after 90 minutes. The Kickers again relied on their predicted starters for the first half and about 10 minutes of the second.
The home side was the first to score in the 20th minute. Daniel Jackson got around the keeper and was able to finish it for the goal. The lead was short-lived as Loudoun scored in the 22nd minute. Unfortunately, we can’t give you the names of any of the Loudoun players since they were all in plain black and no roster released. Only about four players on Loudoun have officially signed.
Signed or not the visitors had a much better second half and netted two goals. A trialist for the Kickers managed to pull the Kickers within one but the match ended 3-2 in favor of Loudoun.
Not much to add that hasn’t been touched in previous pre-season posts. The Kickers are working hard on developing their style of play and it is beginning to pay off in some entertaining soccer.
Astute soccer fans will notice in the picture Richie Williams, current head coach of Loudoun United. Richie had two stints with the Richmond Kickers. He played in 1993 went away briefly then came back to finish up in 94-95 but he wasn’t done with the Kickers and played in 2004-5. Williams played for D.C. United during the “glory years” of 1996-2000. After ending his playing career he moved into coaching, highlighted by stints as manager for the USMNT U-17 and U-18.