Opponent: Greenville FC (6-8-5)
Date/Time: Saturday, Sep. 7th, – 7 PM Last Result: Kickers 4 – Tormenta FC 1
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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT
Confidence – Last week the Kickers had their most impressive win in years, no exaggeration. If that doesn’t give them confidence coming into yet another “must-win” game I don’t know what will.
Dynamic Duo – Better late than never. The pair of Joe Gallardo and Daniel Jackson are currently on fire and need to keep the heat up.
Bon Secours Cup – One of the downsides of moving down to USL League 1 is that old rivals no longer exist. The league is trying to create rivalries and one way is the creation of the Bon Secours Cup which is a very nice trophy that the winner of the series between Greenville and Richmond will get to take home. So far the die-hards haven’t bought into the manufactured rivalry but hey, it’s a nice trophy.
The previous matches between these teams both ended with a 1-0 result. Once for the Kickers and once for Greenville. The Kickers, however, are riding high and playing at home. I expect this to be a win for the home-town boys.
Kickers 2 – Greenville 0
OFFICIAL KICKERS PREVIEW
The Richmond Kickers (7-10-4) are set to host Greenville Triumph SC (9-6-7) at City Stadium Saturday night, plus it is Cider Fest, presented by Bon Secours. The gates open up at 5:30 p.m. with live music from the Back Seat Drivers. Happy Hour has been extended until 7:00 p.m., with all ciders and craft beers for only $3. Richmond takes the field at 7:00 p.m. to face Greenville as both teams will compete for the newly announced Bon Secours Cup. Get your tickets now at RichmondKickers.com.
This will mark the third and final meeting of the 2019 season between Richmond and Greenville. Both teams have claimed 1-0 victories at Greenville in the first two meetings. The Kickers picked up the first win on April 20 at Legacy Early College, as Joe Gallardo walked through the Greenville defense to score the lone goal of the match in the 49th minute. Greenville responded on May 18 when Jake Keegan chipped the ball over Akira Fitzgerald for the victory in the 42nd minute.
Richmond is coming off their largest win of the regular season last Saturday night, picking up a decisive 4-1 road win at South Georgia Tormenta FC at Erk Russell Park. Tormenta jumped ahead in the fifth minute, with Mikie Rowe scoring from a free kick. The Kickers responded just six minutes later as Ivan Magalhães poked the ball away and into the path of Dennis Chin, as he went for the quick shot to level the score. Joe Gallardo added a second for Richmond in the 15th minute. Josh Hughes won the ball off Ricardo Gomez, allowing Gallardo to go on a run into space. With no one to pressure him, Gallardo launched a shot from about 35 yards out, arching it over Pablo Jara and into the back of the net. Matt Bolduc played a perfectly placed through ball for Chin to score the third goal of the night and his brace in the 36th minute. A brace would come in the 80th minute for Joe Gallardo when Greg Boehme headed the ball down for Gallardo. The former U.S. youth international proceeded to get past six defenders before going for the shot that found the back of the net to make it 4-1 for Richmond.
Greenville picked up three points on the road as well back on August 28 at Breese Stevens Field, downing Forward Madison FC 1-0. Off a throw in from Tyler Polak, Aaron Walker continued moving the ball across the field for Christopher Bermudez. With two Madison defenders on him, Bermudez cut back towards the middle of the field before going for the shot that found the upper left corner of the goal and out of the reach of a diving Brian Sylvestre in the 42nd minute. Dallas Jaye made one save to pick up his league leading 12th shutout of the season.
The Kickers have a busy week ahead following the match against Greenville. First up, Richmond takes the trip to Toyota Stadium to face the first place North Texas SC Tuesday night for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The Kickers will be back at City Stadium next Saturday night to host Forward Madison FC and Heritage Night, presented by RVAmigos. The gates open at a special time of 4:30 p.m. with live music and Brazilian dancers. Dank Eats will be on hand with funky fresh pitas and gyros. The players will be wearing limited edition pregame jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richmond:Named the USL League One Player of the Week, forward Joe Gallardo (#10) scored a brace in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Tormenta FC. The former United States youth international has a team-high six goals in 21 matches this season. Midfielder Matt Bolduc (#11) found a spot in the USL League One Team of the Week after providing his sixth assist of the season to set up Dennis Chin’s second goal of the night with a long range through ball. Bolduc sits tied for second in the league with his six assists, only two behind the league leading Arturo Rodriguez of North Texas SC. Forward Dennis Chin (#15) was also named to Team of the Week after his brace in the victory over Tormenta FC. Chin is one goal behind Gallardo with five in 18 appearances this season.
Greenville: Forward Jake Keegan (#9) leads Triumph SC with nine goals this season in 22 matches, tying him for second overall in USL League One. Keegan has also recorded one assist and 21 key passes this season. Midfielder Carlos Gomez (#10) leads Greenville with five assists this season, putting him in a five-way tie for fourth overall in USL League One. Gomez played the final ten minutes in their last outing against Forward Madison FC. Midfielder Christopher Bermudez (#7) scored the game winner for Triumph SC last Wednesday night against Madison. He has also made two assists over his 16 appearances for Greenville.