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Photos and Game Summary: New England Runs Over Kickers, Backs Up and Runs Over a Second Time

The first half was bad for the Kickers and the second half didn’t improve one bit.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS = 0
(6-3-2, 20 points)

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION II – 4
(4-6-2, 11 points)
Own Goal 26’, 81’, Firmino (penalty) 31’, Rivera (Malango) 83’

The Richmond Kickers (6-3-2) suffered their first home defeat of the season, falling 0-4 to New England Revolution II (4-6-2) Saturday night at City Stadium. The visitors scored a pair of goals in each half to end the Kickers’ home unbeaten run.

Four minutes into the match, Richmond nearly found an early goal. Mutaya Mwape worked his way to the endline, finding the space to get a cross into the box. Luke Pavone came crashing in for a header as his attempt sailed just high of the New England goal.

The Kickers were inches away from the opener in the 22nd minute. Wahab Ackwei was fouled on the right wing to set up a free kick opportunity. With Ryley Kraft and Mwape standing over the ball, it was Mwape that whipped in a cross towards the back post. Ackwei met the ball with a header as his shot flew just wide of the post.

New England broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute from a corner kick. Tiago Mendoca played in a high-arcing cross to pick out Orlando Sinclair at the back post. His header came down onto the head of Kyle Venter, who redirected it into his own net.

A penalty kick in the 31st minute would double the Revolution II lead. Mwape was called for the penalty after a tackle from behind on Colby Quinones, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Nicolas Firmino stepped up and put his shot to the right of Akira Fitzgerald for the goal.

New England kept the pressure on Richmond in the 36th minute, with the woodwork coming to the rescue. A mis-hit pass at the back opened up the space for Firmino to pounce on the loose ball. With the space, he went for the shot from outside the box that pinged off the crossbar. Ivan Magalhães was there to clear it away.

Emiliano Terzaghi was denied by the Revolution II keeper in the 54th minute. Stanley Alves got control of the ball at the top of the New England box. He played the simple through ball for Terzaghi. The Argentine battled for a shot that Keegan Meyer needed to parry over.

The Kickers pressed to pull a goal back in the 64th minute. Scott Thomsen worked his way up the left flank and tried to pick out Alves at the back post with a long cross in. Alves managed to get his head on the ball, but his shot ended up going over the New England goal.

New England would make it 3-0 in the 81st minute. Nicolas Firmino made his way to the endline before getting a cross into the box. As Justin Rennicks tried to get on the ball, it deflected off Mumbi Kwesele for an own goal.

Revolution II scored their fourth goal just two minutes later. Mayele Malango worked his way up the right wing before cutting across the field. After managing to keep control, he took a touch to Damian Rivera. Rivera cut inside the box to find just enough space to chip a shot over Akira Fitzgerald for the fourth goal of the night for the visitors.

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.

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 0 0 0
New England 2 2 4

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Wahab Ackwei, Victor Falck (79‘ – Greg Boehme), Ryley Kraft (58’ – Mumbi Kwesele), Emiliano Terzaghi, David Diosa (45’ – Jonathan Bolanos), Luke Pavone (45’ – Stanley Alves), Mutaya Mwape (71’ – Oalex Anderson)

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Hassan Pinto

New England: Keegan Meyer, Ryan Spaulding, Jonathan Bell, Collin Verfurth, Colby Quinones (85’ – Ryo Shimazaki), Maciel, Tiago Mendonca, Nicolas Firmino (82’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Orlando Sinclair (84’ – Meny Silva), Justin Rennicks (83’ – Mayele Malango), Connor Presley (70’ – Damian Rivera)

Unused Substitutes: Matthew Tibbetts, Diego Souza

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 13 5 13 6
New England 18 3 14 5

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
23′ NE Own Goal
31′ NE Nicolas Firmino (penalty)
81′ NE Own Goal
83′ NE Damian Rivera (Mayele Malango)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
45′ NE Colby Quinones
86′ RIC Wahab Ackwei
90′ RIC Mumbi Kwesele

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
None.

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: Gary Gutierrez
Assistant Referees: Andrew Charron, Meghan Mullen
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Attendance: 875
Weather: Sunny, 64 ºF

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Kickers Announce Broadcast Partners for Upcoming Season

Every Kickers match will be broadcast on WTVR 6.3 (Comcast 206/Verizon 466) or WTVR 6.1. Additionally, WULT Ultra 94.1FM/1540AM, is set to air all Kickers road matches on the radio in Spanish

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The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce their broadcast partners for the 2021 USL League One season. WTVR CBS 6 will continue their partnership with the Kickers to broadcast all matches this season. New for the 2021 season, Spanish radio station WULT Ultra 94.1FM/1540AM will air all road matches.

“Extending our partnership with CBS 6 through 2022 is very exciting for us, and a key part of our initiative to bring the Richmond community together,” said Amy Neal, Kickers VP of Partnerships. “We are proud to provide our fans the opportunity to watch any regular season game through the WTVR broadcast.”

A partnership that formed prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Kickers and CBS 6 are entering their fifth season. Throughout this time, both organizations have partnered on several different events such as car giveaways and the #RallyTogether Fund in 2020.

“A lot of exciting storylines for the Richmond Kickers’ 2021 season,” commented Stephen Hayes, WTVR CBS 6 General Manager. “CBS 6 looks forward to televising every match on WTVR 6.3 (Comcast 206/Verizon 466) or WTVR 6.1. Thanks to the Kickers for the high level of soccer they bring to Central Virginia as well as their commitment to our community.”

The Kickers entered into a new partnership for the 2021 season with WULT Ultra 94.1FM/1540AM, which is set to air all Kickers road matches on the radio in Spanish. John Emmett and Brenda Acevedo will be calling the action. Fans can listen in on UltraRadioRichmond.com.

“We are very proud to be the first radio station in Richmond to do the Richmond Kickers games play-by-play in Spanish,” added Michael Mazursky, President of Mobile Radio Partners, owner of WULT 94.1FM/1540AM and WTOX 1480AM. “This is just the beginning of partnering with the Kickers for many years to come. Futbol is the number one sport in the world and now the Hispanic community in Richmond can follow the away games in their native language.”

Adding to the excitement of this partnership, Kickers Senior Manager of Marketing and Branding, Alyn Carr said “I’m so glad and excited that we can finally give Kickers soccer in Spanish. This is a goal I’ve had since starting at the Kickers, and I’m glad that we are able to partner with wonderful people at Boomtown and Ultra Radio to start taking steps in that direction.”

With the 2021 Home Opener coming up April 24, it is time to make sure you are there with your Kickers+ subscription. Kickers+ is a brand new subscription service for the 2021 season that provides fans tons of value, flexibility, and sweet perks! Sign up today for only $59.99 – Kickers+ benefits include 50% off tickets to any regular season home match, 15% off merchandise at shop.richmondkickers.com, exclusive digital content, member events, and more! Click here for more info and to join today!

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Kickers Release 2021 Schedule

The Kickers will have a total of 28 matches that kick off April 17 on the road at New England Revolution II. Every Kickers match will be broadcasted locally on WTVR CBS 6 or 6.3 and will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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The new season is on the horizon.

The Richmond Kickers 2021 USL League One regular season schedule has been unveiled, featuring 28 matches that kick off April 17 on the road at New England Revolution II.

Richmond will open up the home portion of their schedule on April 24 hosting the defending league title-winners, Greenville Triumph SC at City Stadium in the first of two matchups this season. The 2021 regular season will conclude on October 30, as the Kickers make the cross-country trip to face FC Tucson.

FULL 2021 RICHMOND KICKERS SCHEDULE

The 168-game regular season slate will see all 12 League One clubs play each other home and away, with the remaining six matches lined up primarily against regional rivals. The top six teams in the regular season will advance to the 2021 League One Playoffs.

Every Kickers match during the 2021 League One season will be broadcasted locally on WTVR CBS 6 or 6.3 and will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Tickets for all 2021 regular season home matches will go on sale, exclusively to Kickers+ members starting Wednesday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.

With the season on the horizon, it’s time to lock in your Kickers+ subscription! Kickers+ is a brand new subscription service for the 2021 season that provides fans tons of value, flexibility, and sweet perks! Sign up today for only $59.99 – Kickers+ benefits include 50% off tickets to any regular season home match, 15% off merchandise at shop.richmondkickers.com, exclusive digital content, member events, and more! Click here for more info and to join today!

Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Download the Richmond Kickers mobile app for news, contests, and more!

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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

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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.

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