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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Kickers Lose Close One to Madison

It only took one goal to defeat the Richmond Kickers on Saturday. That one goal likely means the Kickers will not be in the USL League 1 Playoffs.




The Kickers playoff hopes were slim going into this game. The lose effectively extinguishes those hopes. The game was a close one the Kickers just couldn’t find the back of the net.


The Richmond Kickers (8-12-4) fell at home to Forward Madison FC (10-9-6) Saturday night at City Stadium. A goal six minutes into the match from Danny Tenorio was the difference to give the visitors the victory.
Madison took the lead after six minutes from Danny Tenorio. Christian Diaz slotted the ball through for Josiel Nunez. He was able to get the cross off just before getting to the end line. The cross found Diaz, who needed to control the ball before getting his shot past Akira Fitzgerald.
The Kickers nearly leveled the score in the 12th minute off a corner kick. Joe Gallardo played in the corner at the near post. Ivan Magalhães beat his mark to the ball, as his glancing header sail in front of goal and out for a goal kick.
Ryley Kraft found an opening in the 23rd minute, but could not capitalize on the effort. Wahab Ackwei sent the ball ahead for Dennis Chin. The forward got a slight touch on the ball to put it into space for Kraft to run onto. He let the shot rip from the top of the Madison box, forcing a massive save from Brian Sylvestre. Chin pounced on the deflected save, putting his follow up shot wide of the target.
Dennis Chin had his shot saved by the Madison keeper in the 28th minute. Wahab Ackwei again played the long ball ahead. Ryley Kraft controlled the ball and played quickly for Chin. The Jamaican turned and went for the shot that Sylvestre saved.
Joe Gallardo curled in a shot in the 50th minute that Sylvestre needed to save. Ivan Magalhães played the ball wide for Josh Hughes on the left wing. Hughes went for the short pass to Gallardo. He cut inside and found the space for a shot that bent on frame, only to be stopped by the Madison keeper.
The Kickers are back on the road next Saturday night, making the cross country trip out to FC Tucson, September 21 for a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff. That match will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at




Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Wahab Ackwei, Josh Hughes (68’ – Mutaya Mwape), Braeden Troyer, Eli Lockaby (68’ – Scott Thomsen), Matt Bolduc, Greg Boehme, Dennis Chin (80’ – Charles Boateng), Joe Gallardo

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Daniel Jackson, Nick Retzlaff, Maxi Rodriguez

Madison GK Brian Sylvestre, Christian Diaz, Connor Tobin (66’ – Shaun Russell), Wyatt Omsberg, Carter Manley, Eric Leonard, Josiel Nunez (85’ – Brandon Eaton), JC Banks, Paulo Junior, Don Smart, Danny Tenorio (73’ – Jiro Barriaga Toyama)

Unused Substitutes: Ryan Coulter, Louis Bennett, Zaire Bartley, Oliver White




6′MADDanny Tenorio (Josiel Nunez)


52′MADWyatt Omsberg
65′RICIvan Magalhães
78′RICBraeden Troyer

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.