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Kickers Home Opener Postponed Due to Covid-19 Concerns with Visiting Team

Sad news for soccer fans but good news that nobody on the Kickers organization has tested positive for Covid-19.

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I can’t express how much I’m disappointed by this news. It is matched by how little I’m surprised by this news. Teams sport traveling around the country during a pandemic is looking more and more like a bad idea. This will be the second game that the Kickers have had to postpone. So far of the four games the Kickers had scheduled two have had to be postponed.

Official Kickers Statement

The Richmond Kickers Home Opener, scheduled for Saturday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. has been postponed.
The decision to postpone the match was made out of an abundance of caution following a positive COVID-19 test from a covered person of the Fort Lauderdale CF organization.
A new date for the match will be announced at a later date. Tickets purchased for this match can be exchanged for any future 2020 regular season Richmond Kickers match, based on availability. A Richmond Kickers representative will be in contact with all August 1 ticket holders shortly.

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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.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Win Home Opener

Kickers get their first win in the 2020 USL 1 season.

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The Kickers took an early one-goal lead and had a strong first half. The second half saw Madison press hard. The last few minutes were nail-biting with several scrambles in front of the Richmond goal but in the end, the home team prevailed and kept their one-goal leading shutting out the visitors. Full Recap after the photos.


Official Kickers Summary

The Richmond Kickers (1-1-1) picked up their first victory of the 2020 USL League One season Saturday night at City Stadium, behind a 1-0 win over Forward Madison FC (0-2-1). Emiliano Terzaghi scored his second goal of the season, coupled with Akira Fitzgerald picking up his second straight shutout to lead the team to the three points.

Richmond jumped out in front after nine minutes. Kyle Venter sent the ball out wide on the right wing for Ian Antley. He found Emiliano Terzaghi at the top of the Madison box. The Argentine turned and took a touch for space and launched a shot across the face of goal and into the back of the net for the early lead.

Akira Fitzgerald kept Madison off the board in the 33rd minute. Coming out of the hydration break, Christian Diaz floated the ball over the top for Jamael Cox making a run up the left flank. Fitzgerald came off his line as Cox tried to slide his shot under the keeper, but the veteran stopper got a foot on the ball to parry it away.

Deep into first half stoppage, Cox had a chance to level the score. Diaz tried to square a pass to JC Banks, but the midfielder lost his footing and the ball rolled into space. Cox got the ball first and looked for goal as his shot sailed harmlessly over the net.

Luke Pavone, making his first start of the season, nearly doubled the Richmond lead in the 54th minute. Fitzgerald got the play started clearing the ball up field. Pavone headed the ball down for Ryley Kraft, who quickly got it to the feet of Terzaghi. He did not waste a second lofting the ball over the top for Pavone getting in behind the backline.

The post came to the rescue for Forward Madison in the 63rd minute. Kraft looked up to see Matt Bolduc in  plenty of open real estate just outside the 18. After controlling the ball, he put a solid chance on frame, unfortunately bouncing off the woodwork. Terzaghi tried to follow up on the loose ball but he could not control his shot.

Scott Thomsen made a last ditch save off the line to preserve the shutout for Richmond. JC Banks served in a corner kick. Akira Fitzgerald came off his line to punch the ball away, but it fell for former Kickers midfielder Brandon Eaton. He wasted no time trying to find the equalizer. Thomsen got a foot on the shot to save the clean sheet, marking the second one in a row for Richmond.

The Kickers conclude their two match homestand next Saturday night as FC Tucson comes to City Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.
BOX SCORE
TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Richmond 1 0 1
Madison 0 0 0
LINEUPS
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ian Antley, Kyle Venter, Ivan Magalhães, Scott Thomsen, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (59’ – Mutaya Mwape), Matt Bolduc (70’ – Zev Taublieb, 76’ – Gianluca Cuomo), Luke Pavone
Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Greg Boehme, Charles Boateng, Amass Amankona

Madison GK Philipp Marceta, Christian Diaz (81’ – Eli Lockaby), Conor Tobin, Josiah Trimmingham (81’ – Eric Leonard), Jiro Barriga Toyama (86’ – Gustavo Fernandes), JC Banks, Allan Rodriguez (62’ – Brandon Eaton), Don Smart, Paulo Jr, Jamael Cox (62’ – Alex Monis), Wojciech Wojcik

Unused Substitutes: Chris Brady, Louis Bennett

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 8 0 12 3
Madison 7 1 10 7
SCORING SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
9′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Ian Antley)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
16′ MAD Josiah Trimmingham
73′ MAD Wojciech Wojcik
EJECTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Meghan Mullen, Andrew Charron
Fourth Official: JC Griggs
Attendance: 822
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 81 ºF

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Away at Greenville

The start of the Kickers’ season felt familiar to fans as the Kickers lose 2-3 to the Greenville Triumph.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (0-1-0) open the 2020 USL League One season falling on the road to Greenville Triumph SC (2-0-0) Saturday night at Legacy Early College. Matt Bolduc and Emiliano Terzaghi netted their first goals of the 2020 campaign, as a pair of own goals and a Jake Keegan goal downed the Kickers.

Two minutes into the match, Bolduc created the first chance for Richmond. Ryley Kraft forced a misplayed pass across the Triumph backline. Bolduc pounced on the loose ball and went for the quick shot, skidding just wide of the Greenville goal.

Greenville nearly jumped out ahead in the eighth minute. Omar Mohamed sent the ball through for Carlos Gomez. He cut across the top of the box to get his shot off, narrowly missing Akira Fitzgerald’s net.

Bolduc continued to fight for the opener in the 20th minute. After winning the ball in the corner, he looked for space to deliver a cross into the box, finding Terzaghi at the near post. His header drifted across the face of goal and wide for a goal kick.

The Triumph broke the deadlock only two minutes later. Omar Mohamed once again found Carlos Gomez. This time he took a quick touch to chip it forward for Jake Keegan. Several Kickers defenders tried to shut down the shot as Scott Thomsen unfortunately directed his clearance into the Kickers net.

Richmond leveled the score in the 36th minute from Matt Bolduc, who had been threatening all night. Wahab Ackwei from deep in the Richmond end of the field sent the long ball forward up the right flank to find Bolduc in acres of space on the run. The veteran midfielder slid his shot past Dallas Jaye and into the back of the net.

Right out of halftime, Greenville jumped ahead after another own goal. Matt Broomall came into the match at the break after Akira Fitzgerald was forced off due to an injury. Noah Pilato from the center circle tried to catch Omar Mohamed on a run towards goal. Broomall came off his line and collided with Wahab Ackwei. Mohamed tried to get a shot off as Ian Antley had a touch and it rolled into the Richmond goal.

Matt Broomall was tested from distance in the 61st minute. The Triumph were looking to find the right spot for a shot. Omar Mohamed kept the ball moving to the left for Noah Pilato. He looked to try his luck and let a shot go from about 20 yards out, with the ball ending up in the hands of Broomall.

Jake Keegan extended the Greenville lead in the 69th minute. Tyler Polak won the ball in the Triumph end and quickly passed it to Gomez. He returned the ball to Polak making a run up the right. He sent a cross into the box. Just out of the reach of Ivan Magalhães, Keegan was there to take a touch around Broomall and for the goal.

Emiliano Terzaghi opened up his Kickers account in the 74th minute. Jonathan Bolanos came into the match in the second half to make his professional debut winning the ball on the left side. He was able to get a cross into the box. The ball found Terzaghi for a header up and over Dallas Jaye for Richmond’s second goal of the night. This marked Bolanos’ first professional assist.

Greenville was reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute. Brandon Fricke brought Mumbi Kwesele down from behind at the top of the Triumph box. The referee went straight to the back pocket to issue the straight red card.

A pair of blocks deep into stoppage time denied the Triumph. JJ Donnelly picked up control of the ball outside of the Richmond box. He squared a pass for Aaron Walker, as he launched a shot that Broomall was able to block. Donnelly pounced on the loose ball and tried a shot of his own as Wahab Ackwei slid in to block the attempt out for a corner kick.

The 2020 Richmond Kickers Home Opener, presented by Woodfin, is set for Saturday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. as league newcomers Fort Lauderdale CF make their first-ever trip to City Stadium.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

BOX SCORE

TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Greenville 1 2 3
Richmond 1 1 2

LINEUPS

Greenville GK Dallas Jaye, Tyler Polak, Evan Lee, Brandon Fricke, Abdi Mohamed, Omar Mohamed (71’ – Cesar Murillo), Noah Pilato (70’ – Colin Stripling), Aaron Walker, Alex Morrell (60’ – JJ Donnelly), Jake Keegan (80’ – Harri Hawkins), Carlos Gomez (70’ – Lachlan McLean)

Unused Substitutes: Paul Christensen, Trevor Swartz

Richmond GK Akria Fitzgerald (45’ – Matt Broomall), Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Wahab Ackwei, Ian Antley, Victor Falck (80’ – Devante Dubose), Gianluca Cuomo (63’ – Mumbi Kwesele), Ryley Kraft, Matt Bolduc (75’ – Charles Boateng), Emiliano Terzaghi, Mutaya Mwape (63’ – Jonathan Bolanos)

Unused Substitutes: Conor Shanosky, Greg Boehme

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Greenville 11 1 12 5
Richmond 11 4 6 5

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
22′ GVL Own Goal
36′ RIC Matt Bolduc (Wahab Ackwei)
46′ GVL Own Goal
69′ GVL Jake Keegan (Tyler Polak)
74′ RIC Emiliano Terzaghi (Jonathan Bolanos)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
57′ GVL Alex Morrell
64′ GVL Noah Pilato
90′ RIC Charles Boateng

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
77′ GVL Brandon Fricke

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Kickers Open Abbreviated Season on the Road this Saturday

Despite surging cases of Covid-19 USL League One has decided that the season must go on and starts this Saturday. A full schedule including home matches should be released in the near future but for now, we only know about this first game.

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Despite surging cases of Covid-19 USL League One has decided that the season must go on.

As mentioned last week each team in League One will face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times (the Kickers “regional rival” Greenville Triumph SC is located in Greenville, South Carolina a 7.5 hour drive away) – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

Since this announcement one team, Toronto FC 2, has dropped out citing “global pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions”.  There are two teams in Florida, Orlando City B and Fort Lauderdale CF. Yesterday the Florida Department of Health reported at least 15,299 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number of new cases in a single day by any state since the coronavirus pandemic began. The chances of a future shut down and losing another two teams seems to loom on the horizon.

USL League One is posting this with all their playing announcements.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Ignoring those storm clouds on the horizon the Kickers announced on Friday that their first game will be on the road against South Georgia Tormenta FC, this coming Saturday, July 18th at 8 PM.

This will be the first match under new Head Coach and Sporting Director Darren Sawatzky.

This match will be available live on ESPN+.

The full 2020 USL League One schedule has yet to be released.

We’ve have not heard what restrictions will be in place when the Kickers play at City Stadium.

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