I had to add again on there because this will be the sixth match of the season for the Kickers and the third time they face off against Lansing. The other two times were defeats for the Kickers but I’m expecting a much better result this game.
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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT
- Laundry Time – It’s all about those clean sheets and the Kickers defense is getting it done, which is good because the offense is doing just barely enough. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald has had to come up big a few times but the entire defense has stepped up.
- Joey G. Show – Joe Gallardo has slotted home two game winners. The Kicker though need to start scoring more goals. One goal wins are the narrowest of margins and vanish in an instant. A two or dare I say three goal cushion would be a nice change of pace from the heart-attack wins. We’re not the only ones paying attention to Joe. He won USL League 1 Goal of the Week honor for week four and is up for Player of the Month. You should give him a vote at that link.
- Mitten Boys – The only wins Lansing Ignite have this year are against Richmond. The only goals that Richmond have allowed have been by Lansing. At first, glance that seems scary but the Kickers team Lansing faced the first two times is not this team. The boys from up north are in for a surprise.
The Kickers are finding their mojo and Lansing is can’t even find their mo right now. The weather will play a factor in this one and prevent the Kickers from getting another clean sheet.
Kickers 2 – Lansing 1
Prediction rate to date: 60%
The Richmond Kickers (2-2-1) continue their home stand Saturday night against Lansing Ignite FC at 7:00 p.m. The party gets started at 5:30 p.m. for Star Wars Night, with happy hour drink specials for the first 30 minutes after the gates open with craft beer on tap and selections of wine, live music. The players will come out for warm ups in limited edition Star Wars pregame jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit Sportable. This match will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.This match will mark the third and final meeting between the two clubs for the 2019 USL League One regular season. Lansing has had the better of the Kickers, taking two wins in the first two meetings of the season.LIFC claimed a 3-2 win over the Kickers to open up the 2019 season at City Stadium March 30. Maxi Rodriguez and Joe Gallardo scored for Richmond in the second half trying to make the comeback after first half goals from Tumi Moshobane and Xavier Gomez, followed by a goal right out of halftime by Kevin Coiffic.An early red card doomed the Kickers on the road in Lansing April 14. Rodriguez was shown the red card after two yellows in 27th and 34th minute, reducing the Kickers to 10 men for the remainder of the match. LIFC capitalized on the advantage in the second half with goals from Nick Moon, Alex Bruce and Grant Stoneman. Dennis Chin made his debut in this match, coming on in the 54th minute and netting his first goal in a Richmond shirt just 12 minutes later.Richmond comes into this match riding a two-match win streak following a 1-0 victory over Chattanooga Red Wolves SC last Saturday night at City Stadium. Joe Gallardo put Richmond on the board in the 52nd minute following a brilliant run up the right wing by Mutaya Mwape to get to the endline and serve up a perfectly placed pass for Gallardo to put away. The Kickers backline lead by Wahab Ackwei and Akira Fitzgerald worked towards their second straight shutout and third of the season. Ackwei and Mwape were named to the USL Team of the Week for their performances.A midweek match up for Lansing has them riding a two-match losing streak, falling to FC Tucson on the road Tuesday night, 0-2. Devyn Jambga and Devin Vega gave the home side the win with goals in the each half respectively. Nick Moon stood out for LIFC, completing 81.6 percent of his passes.The Kickers are back at City Stadium this Tuesday, May 7 to open up the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against amateur side Virginia United. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Food Truck Night, featuring a variety of RVA food trucks. It is also Two for Tuesday, where you can get two tickets and two beers for just $22. This match and the entire Open Cup will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Get tickets now at RichmondKickers.com.
PLAYERS TO WATCHRichmond: Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#80) was named to the USL League One Team of the Week for Week 5 following his performance in the Kickers 1-0 win over Chattanooga. The Zambian midfielder won nine of 15 duels and made 38 passes which included the assist to Joe Gallardo for the game winner. Midfielder and Captain Maxi Rodriguez (#21) scored in the opening match of the season against Lansing. The San Antonio native has made four appearances for Richmond this season, recording ten interceptions and three clearances. Defender Braeden Troyer (#31) has made two appearances for the Kickers this season coming off knee surgery that kept him out of action since last season. A product of the University of South Carolina, Troyer has made two clearances and had one interception in 59 minutes of play this season.Lansing: Midfielder Xavier Gomez (#10) had a goal and an assist in the first meeting between the two clubs back on March 30. Gomez made 13 appearances for Chicago FC United before joining LIFC in the off season. Midfielder Kyle Carr (#8) has made five appearances, all starts for Lansing this season. Carr has recorded eight interceptions and five clearances. Defender Nick Moon (#14)was the stand out player in the team’s last match on the road in Tucson. He completed 81.6 percent of his passes in that outing.
May the force be with you this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. when the Kickers host Star Wars night and Lansing Ignite FC. The Kickers players will come out for warm ups wearing limited edition Star Wars pregame jerseys, which will be auctioned off at City Stadium and all of the proceeds will go to benefit Sportable. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. when the gates open with drink specials for the first 30 minutes on craft beer, plus wine from New Kent Winery and live music from Fennario. Then, get loud with the Red Army when the Kickers take on Lansing for the third and final meeting of the season at 7:00 p.m.Any fans that come out in a Star Wars costume will get tickets for just $10 at the gates, plus a special on drinks inside the stadium.After the match, join the Kickers players, coaches and staff at Bingo Beer Co., located at 2900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230 for the Official Post Game Party. Enjoy food and drink specials while mingling with the players.