Opponent: New England Revolution II (3, 6, 2)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3rd – 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Omaho 0
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Three Things to Kick About
- Terzaghi – Missed two last Wednesday which was honestly quite shocking but we know he’s not done yet.
- Driver’s Seat – Due to a shortened season there are no playoffs this year. The top two teams will meet to decide the champion. Currently, Kickers sit in 2nd and have a game in hand over those that can contend. This means the Kickers control their destiny for 2nd and with a little luck could sneak in and grab 1st and host the championship game.
- It’s a Trap – On paper, this is an easy win but the team needs to stay focused for that to happen. I feel that Coach Sawatsky has the team in the mentality to focus but you never know until the whistle blows.
This team hasn’t lost a game at home and it’s not happening on Saturday.
Kickers 2 – New England 0
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The Richmond Kickers (6-2-2) get set for three matches in seven days, starting this Saturday night against New England Revolution II (3-6-2) at City Stadium, presented by Impawsible Pups. Gates open up at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. The match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets
This will be the second meeting this season between the two clubs. The Kickers picked up a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium back on August 21. Matt Bolduc slipped a pass through for Emiliano Terzaghi to open up the scoring in the 54th minute. Mayele Malango managed to level the score in the 71st minute for New England. Ian Antley dropped in a picture-perfect delivery to pick out Ryley Kraft at the back post in the 82nd minute for the game winner.
Richmond earned a hard fought 1-0 road win last Saturday night at Union Omaha. Both teams entered the locker rooms at halftime level on score, despite Omaha leading on shots taken 12-2. Second half substitute Kraft was fouled to set up a free kick for Richmond in the 71st minute. Kraft curled in a free kick that found Ivan Magalhães for a header and the lone goal of the night. After making four saves in the match, Akira Fitzgerald earned his third clean sheet of the season.
New England is coming off their second-straight road victory, this time at Orlando City B last Saturday. After coming out of halftime with both teams scoreless, it only took Revs II about 30 seconds to get on the board. Tiago Menonca picked out Orlando Sinclair at the back post on a cross from the right wing. Sinclair headed the ball back in front of goal as Justin Rennicks headed his shot over the Orlando keeper and into the back of the net. New England was dealt a blow when former Kickers goalkeeper Joe Rice was forced to come out of the match with an injury in the 66th minute. They did hold on for the clean sheet with Keegan Meyer between the sticks.
The Kickers have a quick turnaround once again this week as they host Orlando City B at City Stadium Wednesday night. This match is set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. and will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+. Fans can still purchase tickets now at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets
WTVR CBS 6 Players to Watch
Richmond: Defender Ivan Magalhães (#4) scored the game-winner last Saturday at Omaha off a Ryley Kraft free kick. Combining that with his strong defensive effort against Fort Lauderdale last Wednesday, Magalhães was named the USL League One Player of the Week for Week 11. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald (#1) earned his third cleansheet of the season after making four saves in the Omaha win. With that, he moved into a tie for second overall in clean sheets in USL League One. Forward Stanley Alves (#9) has started in the last two matches for the Kickers, both of which ended as victories. The rookie signed with the Kickers after four years at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he scored 13 goals and added four assists.
New England: Forward Justin Rennicks (#12) has burst onto the scene for New England, scoring two goals in three matches on loan from the first team. He comes into the team after making six appearances over the last two seasons from the MLS side after signing a homegrown contract prior to the 2019 season. Forward Orlando Sinclair (#99) has picked up an assist in the last two matches for New England, tying him for a team-high. On loan from Deportivo Saprissa in the Costa Rican First Division, he also has one goal this season. Midfielder Nicolas Firmino (#29) sees a lot of the ball for Revs II, leading the team in chances created and key passes with 15 apiece this season. The New England homegrown has two goals and one assist as well.
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.