It was a classic good news, bad news situation on Friday. The good news the full schedule for the team was released. The bad news the first game on that schedule was canceled due to someone on the Tormenta FC team testing positive to Covid-19.
The schedule was late in being released due to Toronto dropping out at the last minute.
In a change approved by the League One Board of Governors this week, the regular-season schedule will now see each team play a total of 16 regular season games, with each club set to face every other team at least once over the course of the schedule. The top two teams in the regular season will advance to the 2020 League One Final, which will be played the weekend following the conclusion of the regular season.With the exception of two away matches, the Kickers 2020 schedule will be played on Saturdays. All matches at City Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The Kickers regular season will conclude Saturday, October 24 at home against Chattanooga Red Wolves SC.Per local, state and league guidelines, a maximum of one thousand people will be permitted inside City Stadium to start the season. Face coverings will be required for all fans and staff inside the venue. The Kickers comprehensive COVID-19 Readiness Plan, along with 2020 ticketing information will be released next Wednesday, July 22.Every match of the 2020 season will be available to stream live on ESPN+, with select matches available on the Kickers official television partners, WTVR CBS 6.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Comeback to Defeat Ft. Lauderdale
The Kickers went down a goal early but fought back for a well deserved win.
Official Kickers Game Summary
(5-2-2, 14 points)
|2||Terzaghi (Antley) 26’, Terzaghi (Kraft) 54’|
|FORT LAUDERDALE CF
(3-5-2, 11 points)
|1||Lopez-Espin (Fray) 5’|
RICHMOND, Va. — (Wednesday, September 23, 2020) — The Richmond Kickers (5-2-2) picked up their fifth win of the season, defeating Fort Lauderdale CF (3-5-2) 2-1 at City Stadium Wednesday night. Ricky Lopez-Espin gave the visitors an early lead after five minutes. Emiliano Terzaghi scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season to give Richmond all three points at home.
Fort Lauderdale pulled ahead after just five minutes. Brian Rosales floated the ball into the Richmond box. Ian Fray finally controlled the ball on the endline. He found enough space for a slight chip to Lopez-Espin, who redirected into the goal for the opener.
Richmond earned a penalty just three minutes later. Ryley Kraft had the subtle touch ahead for Terzaghi to go on a run towards goal. Right as he got into the Fort Lauderdale box, Fray came in with the challenge from behind, forcing the referee to point to the spot. The Argentine stepped up for the ensuing penalty kick, putting his shot just to the right of the goal.
A quick-thinking play nearly gave the Kickers an equalizer in the 17th minute. Ian Antley saw that Terzaghi was in a good spot just beyond the Fort Lauderdale defense as he went for the fast throw in. Terzaghi then played the ball across the face of goal as David Diosa came in at the back post, putting his shot just wide of the frame.
The Kickers found the breakthrough in the 26th minute. In a play almost similar to the play in the 17th minute, Ian Antley took a quick throw-in to find Terzaghi. Instead of looking for a pass, he arched in a shot that stunned the Fort Lauderdale defense for the equalizer.
Ryley Kraft connected with Terzaghi in the 54th minute for his brace. Mutaya Mwape found space up the left wing, going for a shot to the near post and forcing Dylan Castanheira to push the ball wide for a corner kick. Kraft came over for the corner kick, serving in a ball that found the head of Terzaghi. He made no mistake to find the back of the net.
Akira Fitzgerald came up with a massive goalline save in the 72nd minute. Sami Guediri stood over a free kick opportunity about 20 yards from goal. He put his shot on target looking at the near post, upper 90. Ftizgerald made sure to get his hands in the way to punch the ball away.
The Kickers play their second match in three days this Saturday, this time on the road as they head out west to take on Union Omaha in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. Kickoff for this match is set for 8:00 p.m. ET and it will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming on ESPN+.
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
|Fort Lauderdale CF||1||0||1|
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen (78’ – Wahab Ackwei), Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Ian Antley, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi (83’ – Gianluca Cuomo), David Diosa (45’ – Mutaya Mwape), Stanley Alves (69’ – Luke Pavone), Matt Bolduc
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Mumbi Kwesele, Jonathan Bolanos
Fort Lauderdale: Dylan Castanheira, Brian Rosales (45’ – Christian Young), Sami Guediri, Ian Fray, Ethan Hardin, Servando Carrasco, Blaine Ferri (76’ – Rivaldo Ibarra), Eduardo Sosa, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Edison Azcona (45’ – Jason Bucknor), Felipe Valencia (55’ – Jerome Kiesewetter)
Unused Substitutes: Andre Zulaga, Frank Nodarse, Josh Saavedra
|5′||FTL||Ricky Lopez-Espin (Ian Fray)|
|26′||RIC||Emiliano Terzaghi (Ian Antley)|
|54′||RIC||Emiliano Terzaghi (Ryley Kraft)|
Assistant Referees: Ben Pilgram, Andrew Charron
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 73 ºF
Preview: Kickers take on Fort Lauderdale FC
Opponent: Fort Lauderdale FC(3, 4, 2)
Date/Time: Wedneday, Sept 23rd – 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1, Chattanooga 2
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Three Things to Kick About
- Terzaghi – He scores when he wants. He’s up to 7 goals now. Can he be stopped? The Richmond faithful hope not.
- Bounce back – There are two things the Kickers need to bounce back from, the loss in Chattanooga and the canceled game on Saturday. Getting ready for a game only to have it pulled at the last minute stings but not as bad as losing a game in the last minutes. This game will tell us a lot about the character of this team.
- Unknown – The Kickers haven’t played Fort Lauderdale before so it will be a bit of the unknown.
The Kickers know they need this win and are at home. They’ve also had more rest than Fort Lauderdale. Kickers are going to get on top the visitors and not let up.
Kickers 3, Fort Lauderdale 0
Official Kickers Preview
Midfielder David Diosa (#11) made his Kickers debut at Chattanooga, coming off the bench to play the final 13 minutes of the match. The native of Medellin, Colombia signed with the Kickers after playing five seasons with the New York Cosmos, logging over 40 matches and scoring four goals and adding five assists. Midfielder Luke Pavone (#14) returned to the Kickers lineup in Chattanooga. He has made six appearances this season, including five starts and is third on the team in shots with six. Defender Ivan Magalhães (#4) has appeared in every match this season for Richmond. He leads the club in both clearances (33) and interceptions (16), while tied for the top spot with four blocks.
Forward Ricky Lopez-Espin (#7) is the offensive catalyst for Fort Lauderdale in their inaugural season. The former Lansing Ignite FC man has six goals this season, one behind Golden Boot leader Emiliano Terzaghi. Midfielder Eduardo Sosa (#10) leads the club with three assists in six matches. He had one goal in 18 matches with Columbus Crew SC over the last two years before signing with Fort Lauderdale before the start of the season. Midfielder Edison Azcona (#21) scored in Fort Lauderdale’s last match, a 1-2 defeat to South Georgia Tormenta FC. He signed with the club after spending time in the Inter Miami CF Academy and the Orlando City SC Academy prior to that.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Fall on the Road to Chattanooga
A late sub for Chattanooga provided the last-minute goal to send the Kickers home with their first loss in six games.
Official Kickers Summary
|CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES SC
(4-2-3, 15 points)
|2||Dieterich (Hernandez) 54’, Beattie (Hernandez) 90’|
(4-2-2, 14 points)
|1||Terzaghi (Bolduc) 13′|
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — (Saturday, September 12, 2020) — The Richmond Kickers (4-2-2) fell on the road Saturday afternoon to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (4-2-3) at CHI Memorial Stadium. Emiliano Terzaghi opened the scoring in the 13th minute, but two second half goals from Chattanooga would end the Kickers unbeaten run.
Terzaghi added to his season tally in the 13th minute. Mutaya Mwape brought down a long pass from Akira Fitzgerald inside the center circle. He turned to find Bolduc making a run up the right wing. The veteran midfielder picked out Terzaghi with a cross near the penalty spot, catching the ball on the volley for his seventh goal of the season.
The woodwork came to the rescue for the Kickers in the 22nd minute. Ricardo Zacarias chipped the ball through for Ronaldo Pineda getting in behind the Kickers backline. Fitzgerald came out to shut down the angle as Pineda looked to put a shot on frame. His shot hit off the back post and was cleared out by Kraft.
Chattanooga leveled the score in the 54th minute. Coming into the match as a substitute, Mark Hernandez had a run up the left side. As he reached the Richmond box, he slipped the ball through for Tanner Dieterich. He was able to get around Ivan Magalhães for a shot that found the back of the net for the tying goal.
Steven Beattie scored the go-ahead goal late for the Red Wolves. Pineda quickly took a throw in for Hernandez. Dancing along the endline, Hernandez played the ball back for Beattie. His one-time effort was enough to get the goal and give the home side the victory late.
The Kickers return back home to City Stadium next Saturday night, September 19 as they host Orlando City B. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets
|Team||First Half||Second Half||Final|
Chattanooga Alex Mangels, Ricardo Ruiz, Leo Folla, Jason Ramos, Jonathan Ricketts, Josue Soto, Ualefi (53’ – Mark Hernandez), Tanner Dieterich (83’ – Steven Beattie), Conor Doyle, Ronaldo Pineda, Ricardo Zacarias (45’ – Patrick Okonkwo)
Unused Substitutes: Tim Trilk, Uchenna Uzo, Travis Nicklaw, Alexi Jaimes
Richmond Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Ian Antley, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft (78’ – Stanley Alves), Emiliano Terzaghi, Mutaya Mwape (63’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Luke Pavone (63’ – Greg Boehme), Matt Bolduc (78’ – David Diosa)
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Wahab Ackwei, Gianluca Cuomo
|13′||RIC||Emiliano Terzaghi (Matt Bolduc)|
|54′||CHA||Tanner Dieterich (Mark Hernandez)|
|90′||CHA||Steven Beattie (Mark Hernandez)|
Assistant Referees: Austin Holt, Jonathan Fogo
Fourth Official: Kyle Johnston
Weather: Cloudy, 86 ºF