Saturday’s scrimmage against UVA was by far the Kickers worst performance in pre-season. In fairness, it was against the strongest opponent to date. Mistakes playing out of the back resulted in several easy goals for the visitors.
UVA took a quick lead and was up 2-0 before Maxi Rodriguez scored for the Kickers right before the half. In the 66′ Mutaya Mwape managed to make the game close at 2-3. In the 80th minute the Kickers doomed themselves and gave up a penalty which UVA calmly put away to make it 4-2. The Kickers had no response and the college players went home with a win against the pros.
There are two more preseason games both at Ukrop Park. James Madison University on March 16th and the final match will be the second meeting against VCU March 23rd.
The team opens its USL League 1 season on March 30th against Lansing Ignite FC. Season tickets and individual tickets are available online.
All photos are by Suzanne Velasco.
Also worth noting, the Red Army the Kickers Supporters Club took on the Kickers Front Office prior to the game and the Front Office won handily 4-0. The event was a fundraiser for RVA Access and over $1,000 was raised for a good cause.