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.
Richmond Kickers Delay Start of USL1 Season by Two Weeks
Any scheduled pro club events taking place prior to the start of the season will be postponed to later dates.
The Richmond Kickers were set to take the field on March 28th. That has now been pushed back by at least two weeks. They released a statement that will look all to familiar in the coming weeks.
Kickers Announce Stadium Improvements
Mayor Stoney and City Stadium’s councilwoman, Stephanie Lynch were on hand along with other city leaders to announce stadium upgrades.
The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce a number of enhancements to the nearly century old City Stadium. Built in 1929, City Stadium is seeing the first major renovations since 1994. Since 2018, the Kickers have put in close to $2 million of upgrades to the facility.
“Mayor Stoney and City Stadium’s councilwoman, Stephanie Lynch, have been incredible advocates for the Richmond Kickers as we look to rehabilitate Richmond’s oldest and most iconic sports facility,” said Richmond Kickers Chairman, Rob Ukrop.“Built in the 1920’s, the last time major upgrades were made to the City Stadium was in 1994 in preparation for hosting the 1995 College Cup, the NCAA Men’s Soccer Final Four.”
Ahead of the 2020 USL League One season, the major upgrades will include new field lighting from Musco Lighting, fiber installed inside the stadium from Segra in order to bring Wi-Fi into the stadium to enhance the fan experience, and a new field irrigation system. The project manager for the upgrades has been Justin Cornwell of Draper Aden Associates. E.J. Wade Construction are the general contractors.
“The Kickers are valuable partners who not only contribute to the development of our professional sports economy but also promote wellness and engagement in the beautiful game throughout our community,” said Mayor Stoney.“We appreciate the Kickers’ contributions to City Stadium and the City of Richmond, and we’re pleased to be able to provide upgrades to this venerable venue, which will enhance the fan experience and support the team’s commitment to excellence on and off the field.”
Photos: Pre-season Match Kickers vs Virginia United
Kickers take the win over amateur side Virginia United on a chilly Saturday night.
The Kickers continue to prepare for the home opener on March 28th. On Saturday they faced Virginia United a team that they previously played in last year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The visitors never really threatened but managed to go into the half with a 0-0 scoreline. The second half was all Richmond Kickers and they netted 3 goals. Emiliano Terzaghi, Ryley Kraft, and Stan Alves all got on the scoresheet. The prettiest of the goals was Ryley as he slammed one in a free-kick.