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PHOTOS & RECAP: Richmond Kickers fall to North Texas Saturday night

Two goals in the first half from Thomas Roberts and Callum Montgomery sealed the victory for the visitors in front of 3,321 at City Stadium.

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The Richmond Kickers (3-9-3) suffered defeat at home to the league leaders North Texas SC (10-2-3) at City Stadium Saturday night. Two goals in the first half from Thomas Roberts and Callum Montgomery sealed the victory for the visitors in front of 3,321 at City Stadium. Richmond United Academy product Key White made his professional debut for the club coming on in the 32nd minute.

North Texas took the lead after 11 minutes. Thomas Roberts pounced on a loose ball in the midfield and started to drive towards the goal. With space, Roberts cut back to his left foot and chipped a shot around Akira Fitzgerald for the opener.

Three minutes later North Texas doubled their lead. Off a corner kick, Arturo Rodriguez picked out Callum Montgomery at the near post, leaping to head in a shot into the back of the net for the second goal of the night for the visitors.

The Kickers nearly pulled a goal back in the 16th minute. Greg Boehme slipped Dennis Chin through the North Texas backline. As he went for his shot, Carlos Avilez came sliding in to make the stop.

Five minutes into the second half, Eli Lockaby had a chance to get Richmond back into the match. Maxi Rodriguez played the ball out to Lockaby on the wing. Lockaby played a give and go with Rodriguez, finally playing it back to Lockaby making a run into the box. He let a shot rip forcing Carlos Avilez to stretch and get a hand on the ball to push it away from danger.

Richmond was reduced to ten men in the 89th minute when Jannik Eckenrode was issued his second yellow card of the night, forcing the referee to show him a red card.

The Kickers are back at City Stadium next Saturday night to host Orlando City B and Fitness Night, presented by Sports Backers. Tickets for that match are available now at RichmondKickers.com.

BOX SCORE

First Half Second Half Final
Richmond 0 0 0
North Texas 2 0 2

LINEUPS
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ivan Magalhães, Wahab Ackwei, Conor Shanosky, Matt Bolduc (45’ – Eli Lockaby), Maxi Rodriguez, Jannik Eckenrode, Greg Boehme (32’ – Key White), Joe Gallardo (72’ – Josh Hughes), Dennis Chin, Mutaya Mwape

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Sam Moore, Braeden Troyer, Charles Boateng

North Texas GK Carlos Avilez, Jonathan Gomez, Callum Montgomery, Brecc Evans, Jorge Almaguer, Alfusainey Jatta, David Rodriguez (67’ – Tanner Tessman), Thomas Roberts, Arturo Rodriguez, Ronaldo Damus (20’ – Oscar Romero), Ricardo Pepi (88’ – Bicou Bissainthe)

Unused Substitutes: Eduardo Cortes, Cesar Murillo, Tanner Tessmann

STATISTICS

Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 13 1 10 7
North Texas 15 2 5 9

SCORING SUMMARY

11′ NTX Thomas Roberts (Ronaldo Damus)
14′ NTX Callum Montgomery (Arturo Rodriguez)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

42′ RIC Maxi Rodriguez
57′ RIC Wahab Ackwei
65′ RIC Jannik Eckenrode
81′ NTX Thomas Roberts
89′ RIC Jannik Eckenrode

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

None.

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Kickers Open Abbreviated Season on the Road this Saturday

Despite surging cases of Covid-19 USL League One has decided that the season must go on and starts this Saturday. A full schedule including home matches should be released in the near future but for now, we only know about this first game.

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Despite surging cases of Covid-19 USL League One has decided that the season must go on.

As mentioned last week each team in League One will face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times (the Kickers “regional rival” Greenville Triumph SC is located in Greenville, South Carolina a 7.5 hour drive away) – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

Since this announcement one team, Toronto FC 2, has dropped out citing “global pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions”.  There are two teams in Florida, Orlando City B and Fort Lauderdale CF. Yesterday the Florida Department of Health reported at least 15,299 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number of new cases in a single day by any state since the coronavirus pandemic began. The chances of a future shut down and losing another two teams seems to loom on the horizon.

USL League One is posting this with all their playing announcements.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Ignoring those storm clouds on the horizon the Kickers announced on Friday that their first game will be on the road against South Georgia Tormenta FC, this coming Saturday, July 18th at 8 PM.

This will be the first match under new Head Coach and Sporting Director Darren Sawatzky.

This match will be available live on ESPN+.

The full 2020 USL League One schedule has yet to be released.

We’ve have not heard what restrictions will be in place when the Kickers play at City Stadium.

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Kickers and USL1 Announce Plans for 2020 Season

The Richmond Kickers haven’t announced their plans for hosting games and if fans will be allowed into City Stadium.

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Official Richmond Kickers Announcement:

USL League One announced on Thursday a revised regular season and playoff structure for the 2020 season has been approved by the league’s Board of Governors. The new format for the league’s second season will see each of League One’s teams play 20 games across 15 weeks in the regular season to determine the sides that will meet in the 2020 League One Final.

The revised schedule will see each team in League One face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

The regular season will be played over a single-table format, with the schedule set to kick off on Saturday, July 18 and conclude on Saturday, October 24th. The top two teams in the final regular season standings will then meet the week of October 31st in the 2020 League One Final.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Additionally, League One’s Board of Governors approved a motion that will allow five substitutes to be used for the remainder of the 2020 season. Matchday squads will remain at 18 players, with clubs mandated to provide 23-man provisional squad lists at least 48 hours prior to kickoff, as per league rules.

The number of substitutes represents an increase from the three substitutions rule that had been in place. However, to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make all of its allotted five substitutions.

Substitutions may also be made at halftime without counting against a club’s three in-game opportunities. The decision is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board in May.

Every game of the 2020 League One season will be broadcast on ESPN+. Announcements regarding Home Openers for each club and the full 2020 schedule will be announced in the coming days.

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No Soccer but Richmond Kickers and Fans take to the Digital Pitch

Tune into ESPN.com for some hot 3 on 3 car soccer action.

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The USL1 soccer season was set to start last weekend. Obviously that didn’t happen. Sports junkies have been reduced to watching reruns of games and marble racing. USL is attempting to fill that live sports void slightly with a Rocket League tournament. Rocket League is a cross-platform 3 on 3 game of car soccer. The cars are turbocharged and the field is enclosed so there are spins, flips, and all sorts of skill maneuvers that talented digital jockeys can pull off.

The worldwide leader in sports, ESPN is set to broadcast the USLeCup on its digital platforms. The Kickers’ Rocket League team consists of one member from the Front Office – Taylor Bostic, one from the youth squad – Aiden Hendricks, and one from the Red Army (the Kickers supporters group) – Mike Dillion. They’ll will be representing the city and its charity partner, Feed More in the tournament.

The United Soccer League (USL) announced today that its relationship with ESPN will extend to the esports realm, with the organization becoming the official streaming platform for USL eCup: Rocket League Edition, which will kick off on Wednesday afternoon on the ESPN app and ESPN.com.

The 32-team World Cup-style tournament features clubs from across the USL Championship and League One competing for bragging rights in the digital arena, and will also benefit local charities nominated by each club to receive donations from fans tuned into the broadcasts and the tournament over the next month.

The Kickers team takes the field on Thursday at 3PM against North Texas.

Some hot Rocket League action to whet your appetite.

 

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