The Kickers are playing for pride at this point. A first-half red card stacked the deck against the boys in Red and going into the half they were down by 2. The second half improved both defensively and offensively for Richmond but their efforts fell short, losing 2-1.
Official Kickers Summary:
The Richmond Kickers (8-13-5) were defeated on the road by Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (10-8-9) Saturday night at David Stanton Field. The home side took a 2-0 lead into halftime after a penalty from Ualefi and a goal from Sito Seoane. Charles Boateng pulled a goal back for the Kickers in the second half.
Charles Boateng had a shot blocked four minutes into the match. Maxi Rodriguez sprung Dennis Chin on a run up the left wing. He went for the through ball ahead for Boateng as he was getting into the Chattanooga box. The Ghanian tried for a low, near post shot that the Red Wolves keeper was able to block away.
Three minutes later the Kickers went on the attack again. Josh Hughes knocked down an errant Red Wolves pass and quickly got the ball to Maxi Rodriguez. The midfielder drove into the box looking for the space for a shot. With his angle cut, Rodriguez looked for a cross in front of goal that was deflected away for a corner kick.
The Kickers were reduced to ten men in the 23rd minute, leading to a penalty for Chattanooga. Sito Seoane picked up control of the ball and played a pass through for Amirgy Pineda. Braeden Troyer tried to get back in time to get a block in, instead he fouled Pineda from behind. The referee deemed the play a denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity, sending Troyer off and pointing to the spot. Ualefi stepped up to take the penalty, going to Akira Fitzgerald’s left, despite the keeper guessing correctly.
Akira Fitzgerald needed to come up with a save only two minutes later. Greg Hurst found space for a run, cutting across the top of the Richmond box, going for a shot. Fitzgerald reacted quickly to deflect the shot that Scott Thomsen eventually cleared from danger.
Chattanooga went up 2-0 in the 32nd minute. Richard Dixon got the play going pushing the ball ahead for Vangjel Zguro. He quickly turned to find Seoane making a run in behind the Kickers backline. He fired a shot inside the near post for the second goal of the night.
Richmond had a chance to get back into the match in the 37th minute. Tony Walls was called for a foul on Josh Hughes on the edge of the Red Wolves box. MaxI Rodriguez took the ensuing free kick, putting it just over the bar.
Eli Lockaby had a sneaking chance in the 57th minute. Receiving the ball out wide, it looked like he was going for a cross in towards the back post. When he hit the ball, it arched in towards the upper right corner. Alex Mangels needed to read the play to come up with the save.
Charles Boateng scored his first goal in league play to get the Kickers on the board in the 65th minute. Maxi Rodriguez won the ball in the Kickers end of the field with enough of a touch to get the ball to Mutaya Mwape. The Zambian picked out Boateng with a picture perfect ball. He settled the ball to put it on his left foot and let a shot rip into the back of the net.
Trying to get his second of the night in the 72nd minute, Charles Boateng was only denied by a save from the Red Wolves keeper. Maxi Rodriguez spotted Boateng on the left wing with acres of space. He cut back to create space around his defender and launched a shot. Alex Mangels needed to come up with the big save to prevent the second goal.
With two minutes to go, the Kickers kept pressuring for the equalizer. Josh Hughes controlled the ball on the left flank and quickly put it into the path of Boateng. He charged towards goal. With no defender pressuring, he put a shot on frame that Mangels needed to stop.
The Kickers will close out the 2019 USL League One season with a two match homestand, first hosting Toronto FC II and Breast Cancer Awareness Night Wednesday, October 2. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the first 400 fans, ages 14 and up, will be given a Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt presented by the VCU Massey Cancer Center. The midweek match will also be College Night for all the students in the Richmond area. Students with valid college ids can purchase $6 tickets at the booths outside the stadium. Finally, fans over the age of 21 can take advantage of Happy Hour specials from 5:30-7 p.m. that include $1 PBR can beers and $3 off craft beers and wine. Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Chattanooga GK Alex Mangels, Jonathan Caparelli, Richard Dixon, Andrew Kendall-Moullin, Tony Walls, Ualefi, Josue Soto (82’ – Alexi Jaimes), Amirgy Pineda, Vangjel Zguro (62 ‘ – Juan Mare), Greg Hurst, Sito Seoane
Unused Substitutes: Will Dieterich, Nicholas Amponsah, James Dell, Yaya Cisse, Eamon Zayed
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhaes, Braeden Troyer, Eli Lockaby, Jannik Eckenrode (45’ – Matt Bolduc), Maxi Rodriguez, Josh Hughes, Dennis Chin (45’ – Ryley Kraft), Mutaya Mwape (89 ‘ – Daniel Jackson), Charles Boateng
Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Nick Retzlaff, Greg Boehme
|32′||CHT||Sito Seoane (Vangjel Zguro)|
|65′||RIC||Charles Boateng (Mutaya Mwape)|
Assistant Referees: Chris Schurfranz, Zach McWhorter
Fourth Official: Dominic Kennedy
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 89 ºF
Offseason Changes Begin Early for Richmond Kickers as President Matt Spear Steps Down
Matt Spear joined the Kickers in January of 2019 as part of 22 Holdings took over the club. Rob Ukrop also part of 22 Holdings reamins
The Richmond Kickers announced this morning that President Matt Spear will be leaving the organization to focus on his family.
Full Statement from the Richmond Kickers.
Richmond Kickers Pro Soccer President Matt Spear has stepped down from his role to focus on his family. The former sports marketing entrepreneur and college head coach joined the Kickers in January of 2019 as 22 Holdings took over as the new ownership group, and quickly made his mark on the Richmond sports landscape.
“I am so grateful for my experience with the Richmond Kickers,” commented Spear. “Rob Ukrop leads the growing ownership group with the bold transition and new chapter for this special, storied club. My focus and goals started with mission, culture, and community. Success on the field, adding investors, improving the stadium/fan experience and raising the organization’s trajectory follow purpose and people. I have loads of confidence in the tremendous folks at the club such as Darren Sawatzky to push towards deeper impact and great results. And thank you fans and friends in RVA – you are essential elements of the club’s spirit and drive. Go Richmond!”
During Spear’s leadership, the club has crafted a new core mission, vision and principles, built out a strong leadership team with new hires including Sporting Director and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky, and Vice President of Sales and Operations, Camp Peery. With Spear’s decision-making in 2019, the team improved from a 9th place finish to one win away from the club’s first Final appearance since 2010. Finally, he led the push for the first major renovations at City Stadium since 1994 with nearly $2 million worth of investments over the last 18 months.
“It is a difficult day knowing my long-time friend, Matt Spear, has chosen to leave our organization to focus on his family, but the entire RVA community is thankful for his efforts to unify our community through soccer,” said Rob Ukrop, Kickers Chairman. “Matt has always been a tremendous leader, and his energy and enthusiasm has been contagious for our team both on and off the field. He has helped our club create a solid foundation to continue building on, and we know Matt and [his son] Beck will be back in town to cheer on his beloved Kickers with his many Richmond area friends in the Red Army and beyond.”
The Kickers completed a much improved season this past Saturday. The team finished fourth in the league and just missed out playing in the Championship Game in an abbreviated season.
Photos and Game Summary: Kicker Miss Out on League Championship with Saturday Loss
Heartbreak in City Stadium on Saturday as the Kickers miss out on their chance to play in the USL League 1 Championship.
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (8-6-2) fell at home to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (6-5-4) Saturday night at City Stadium. Greg Hurst put the visitors up in the 57th minute. Oalex Anderson scored his second goal in as many matches to level the score in the 64th minute. Mark Hernandez scored the winner for Chattanooga in stoppage time.
Eight minutes into the match Akira Fitzgerald needed to make a stop. Ricardo Ruiz played in an outswinging pass into the Richmond box. Greg Hurst managed to get a foot on the ball as Fitzgerald palmed it away from goal.
Wahab Ackwei came away with a big block in the 24th minute to keep the visitors off the board. Ricardo Zacarias was working the left wing with no real options. He squared a pass for Greg Hurst at the top of the box. Ackwei got in front of the shot to make the block and eventually clear it from danger.
The Richmond keeper was put to work again in the 29th minute with a point blank save. Josue Soto found Ricky Ruiz making a run in behind the Richmond backline. He got to the endline to get a cross into the box. Hurst again looked for a one-time effort that was denied by Fitzgerald.
Mutaya Mwape forced a save from Alex Mangels in the 36th minute. Mumbi Kwesele noticed Mwape making a run in space up the right side. The Zambian continued his run before trying to sneak in a shot at a tough angle. Mangels came away with the grab.
A long range effort in the 41st minute was once again stopped by Fitzgerald. After Soto laid the ball off, Zacarias looked to try his luck from about 25 yards out. Fitzgerald knocked it down and then pounced on the loose ball before Hurst could get to the rebound.
Chattanooga struck first in the 58th minute. Conor Doyle picked up control of the ball inside the center circle, taking one touch to play the ball through for Greg Hurst to run onto. He got a touch around Fitzgerald as he was coming off his line and put his shot into the net for the goal.
Richmond responded six minutes later from Oalex Anderson. Ryley Kraft floated in a free kick that came out to Matt Bolduc on the left wing. Breaking away from his defender, Bolduc found the opening to whip in a cross. Anderson was there with no one to stop him for his match tying header. That was his second goal in as many matches to pull the Kickers level.
The Kickers nearly jumped ahead in the 78th minute. Luke Pavone played a pass short to Bolduc as he was looking like he was making a run towards the right wing. He then cut back across the top of the Chattanooga box, launching a shot that Mangels needed to save.
The Red Wolves took the lead again in second half stoppage. Jason Ramos got control of the ball in front of the Chattanooga bench. He sent in a cross as Mark Hernandez made a near post run, getting a foot on the ball to slide it past Fitzgerald.
With the result in the Union Omaha match, the Kickers have been eliminated from contention for the USL League One Final.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen (80’ – Stanley Alves), Wahab Ackwei, Kyle Venter, Luke Pavone, Victor Falck, Mumbi Kwesele (45’ – Greg Boehme), Ryley Kraft (78’ – Emiliano Terzaghi), Matt Bolduc, Gianluca Cuomo (45’ – Oalex Anderson), Mutaya Mwape (45’ – Jonathan Bolanos)
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, David Diosa
Chattanooga: Alex Mangels, Uchenna Uzo (70’ – Ronaldo Pineda), Leo Folla, Jason Ramos, Jonathan Ricketts, Josue Soto, Tanner Dieterich, Conor Doyle, Ricardo Ruiz, Greg Hurst (90’ – Alexi Jaimes), Ricardo Zacarias (65’ – Mark Hernandez)
Unused Substitutes: Nicholas Amponsah, Nikolaos Pettas
|57′||CHA||Greg Hurst (Conor Doyle)|
|64′||RIC||Oalex Anderson (Matt Bolduc)|
|90′||CHA||Mark Hernandez (Jason Ramos)|
Assistant Referees: Ben Pilgram, Nicholas Seymour
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Preview: Kickers One Win From Championship
With a win against Chattanooga on Saturday the Kickers would face Greenville for the USL League Championship.
Opponent: Chattanooga Red Wolves (5-5-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 3 – Orlando 1
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Three Things to Kick About
- Daryl Grove – It’s with an extremely heavy heart we share the news of the passing a Richmond soccer legend Daryl Grove. Daryl was one half of the Total Soccer Show and devoted to the growth of soccer and was an all-around great guy. He will be missed.
- Terzaghi – Leading Golden Boot winner didn’t make the trip down to Orlando on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Saturday. Every single Kickers fan is hoping to see him on the field this Saturday.
- Win and In – It’s that simple. The more complicated version is that the Kickers need to tie Omaha’s result. Omaha kicks off after the Kickers game so the Kicker just have to win and take any guesswork out of the equation.
I’m honestly too nervous to think rationally and feel that predicting anything but a win will cast bad vibes on the team. So gotta go with a Kickers win.
Kickers 1 – Chattanooga 0
Official Richmond Kickers Preview
Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#10) scored his first goal the season to level the score against Orlando Wednesday. The Zambian made his 12th appearance this season, and seventh start to go with an assist. Forward Stanley Alves (#9) made his third start of the season and scored his first professional goal against Orlando. A product of University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Alves has played in ten matches in his rookie season. Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) scored his first goal for the Kickers as the insurance goal at OCB. Joining later in the season, Anderson made his second start and fifth appearance for Richmond.
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Greg Hurst (#11) leads Chattanooga in scoring with seven goals this season. He sits tied for second overall in the league behind Emiliano Terzaghi with his ten goals. Forward Mark Hernandez (#20) has four assists this season to lead the team. The Anaheim, Ca. native also has three goals in 11 matches this season for the Red Wolves. Goalkeeper Alex Mangels (#24) is in his second season in Chattanooga and holds a 1.14 goals against average heading into Saturday’s match in Richmond. The product of the University of California, Berkeley has three clean sheets through 14 matches.