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Preview: Kickers Face Orlando in Wednesday Night Match

The Kickers played on Saturday and they’re back at it on Wednesday. Hoping for a much different result than the weekend game.

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Opponent: Orlando City B (1-7-3)
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 6th – 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 0 – New England 4

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Terzaghi wherefore art thou – Took a hard hit early in the game on Saturday and didn’t threaten much the remaining minutes. The Kickers need him to get back into form quickly.
  2. Defense wherefore art thou – The defense has looked suspect throughout the season. On Saturday it imploded and let in 4 goals including an own goal. This obviously needs to change.
  3. Home stretch – The Kickers have only five games left to hold on to 2nd place and a spot in the final. Three of those five are at home, so the home stretch has a home-field advantage.

Prediction

The Kickers dust themselves off after last Saturday’s debacle and get a hard-fought victory on a school night.

Kickers 1 – Orlando 0

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The Richmond Kickers (6-3-2) return back to City Stadium for a pair of home matches, starting this Saturday night hosting Orlando City B (1-7-3). Kickoff for this match is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon 466) and streaming on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
A series that dates back to both clubs’ time in the USL Championship, the Kickers hold the edge with a record of 4-2-1. Orlando bested the Kickers 3-2 in the first time of three meetings between the two clubs in 2019. Moises Tablante and Serginho got the home side out to an early lead. Eli Lockaby and Josh Hughes looked to level the score until a late penalty to OCB gave them the win.
Both matches at City Stadium saw the Kickers take the victory. Dennis Chin had the lone goal of the night July 20, which also saw both teams reduced due to red cards. Conor Shanosky and Charles Boateng scored in the season finale to end the 2019 season on a win.
Richmond only has a short amount of time to bounce back from last Saturday’s 0-4 home loss to New England Revolution II. The Kickers had a couple of chances early, first with Luke Pavone putting his header just over the bar just four minutes into the match. Wahab Ackwei sent his header just wide of the goal in the 22nd minute after a free kick by Mutaya Mwape. New England struck first only a minute later when Orlando Sinclair headed the ball back towards goal and it took a deflection off Kyle Venter for an own goal. Nicolas Firmino converted a penalty in the 31st minute to double the visitors lead. Firmino was involved with the third goal in the 81st minute when his cross that was intended for Justin Rennicks came off Mumbi Kwesele for the second own goal of the night. Only two minutes later, Damian Rivera chipped the ball over Akira Fitzgerald for the fourth goal for Revolution II.
Orlando comes into Wednesday night’s match after falling to the league leaders Greenville Triumph SC 0-2 last Friday night in Greenville. Both teams went over an hour without scoring until Greenville broke the deadlock in the 65th minute. Alex Morrell slotted the ball through for Lachlan McLean. He cut to his left before going for a shot that beat Austin Aviza for the opener. Four minutes later it was more of the same from Greenville. This time Jake Keegan pounced on an errant pass by Orlando and found Morrell in acres of space in behind the Orlando backline. He calmly took his shot into nearly the identical spot as McLean.
The Kickers are right back at it Saturday night, as they hit the road to face reigning champions North Texas SC at Globe Life Park. Kickoff for that match is set for 8:00 p.m. ET and will be available to watch live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.
Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) made his debut for Richmond last Saturday night, playing the final 19 minutes. Anderson joins the Kickers after MLS Cup winning experience with the Seattle Sounders following a successful stint with the USL Championship team. Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#10) has one of the best passing accuracies for the club this season, completing 85.3 percent of his passes. The Zambian has one assist in 10 matches with the Kickers this season. Defender Wahab Ackwei (#18) has slotted into a new role for the Kickers, playing as a right back in last Saturday’s match. He has 17 clearances to go with five blocks and five interceptions in 2020 for Richmond.

Orlando City B

Forward Wilfredo Rivera (#62) leads the team in scoring this season with two goals in 11 matches. The native of San Juan, Puerto Rico signed an academy contract with OCB after spending the last three years in the Orlando City SC Academy. He has three caps with the Puerto Rico U17 National Team. Forward Moises Tablante (#67) is back with Orlando this season, with a team-high three assists in 11 games. Tablante made 51 appearances for the OCSC Academy before signing his first professional deal with OCB last season. Goalkeeper Austin Aviza (#61) has 33 saves from eight matches this season with OCB. He has also tallied the only clean sheet for the team back on August 7 at New England.

 

 

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Preview: Kickers Race for Championship Goes Through Tormenta at Home this Saturday

A win on Saturday will move the Kickers tantalizingly close to a championship game.

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Opponent: Tormenta FC (3-6-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 1 – North Texas 2

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Championship – The Kickers can see the promised land. Two victories out of the final three games put them into the Championship match against Greenville.
  2. Depth – The Kickers had a week off but prior to that had three games in a week. This is another three game week with the added pressure of a berth in the championship on the line. Balancing the need for a win with keeping players fit is a tough challenge. It will be especially interesting to watch how Coach Sawatzky handle subs for this game.
  3. Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi lead with 10 goals. Ricky Lopez-Espin of Fort Lauderdale has 7 goals. Emiliano could realistically wrap up the race with a goal or two on Saturday. A well-deserved honor for a player that has been a revelation for the Kickers this year.

Prediction

I’m not going to pretend to be unbiased (not that I have ever pretended really). I’m going full homer on this win using my own prediction to help propel the Kickers forward.

Kickers 3 – Tormenta 1

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The Richmond Kickers (7-4-2) return home to City Stadium this Saturday night to host South Georgia Tormenta FC (3-6-4), presented by Elephant Insurance. Gates open up at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. 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 match will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two clubs. The series between the teams is level with a 1-1-2 record, after the only other match this season back on July 28 where both teams played to a scoreless draw at Erk Russell Park. Akira Fitzgerald came up with a season-high eight saves, with seven of those coming in the second half.

Richmond is coming off a 1-2 road defeat to North Texas SC last Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The home side took a 2-0 lead into halftime after goals from Alex Bruce and Edwin Munjoma. The Kickers responded in the 60th minute after Oalex Anderson was tackled from behind in the North Texas box, forcing the referee to point to the penalty spot. Emiliano Terzaghi stepped up to score his league-leading tenth goal of the season to pull a goal back. Despite some frantic moments late into the match, Richmond could not find the equalizer.

Tormenta FC had a week and a half layoff since their last match, falling 0-1 to FC Tucson at Erk Russell Park back on October 7. Tucson managed to take the lead in the 33rd minute. Samuel Biek played a long ball forward. The Tormenta backline tried to get control of the ball, but it was misplayed a couple times at the back, providing the opening for Azaad Liadi to get to the ball. He picked Giovanni Godoy, who only needed to cut the ball back to his right foot before going for the shot that found the back of the net.

The Kickers have another tight turnaround after Saturday’s match, traveling down to face Orlando City B at Osceola Heritage Park. It is an early 11:00 a.m. kickoff for this match, which will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.

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

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Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) made his first start since joining the Kickers late in the season. The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international drew the penalty that set up the goal for Richmond at North Texas. Midfielder Jonathan Bolanos (#17) nabbed Team of the Week honors this week after his two goal performance against Orlando City B last Wednesday night. The rookie has made 12 appearances, including five starts and contributed an assist to go with his two goals. Midfielder Ryley Kraft (#98) is tied for third overall in USL League One for assists with four this season. He has two goals this season, both of which were game-winners.

South Georgia Tormenta FC

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div>Midfielder Luca Mayr (#7) leads Tormenta in scoring this season with three goals in 13 matches. He is also tied on the team with one assist in his second professional season. Midfielder Marco Micaletto (#10) is tied for the assist lead for the club with two assists, along with Ricardo Gomez. Micaletto is in his second season with Tormenta after signing with the club from the club’s second team in USL League Two, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2. Goalkeeper Pablo Jara (#1) sits in third in USL League One with 39 saves this season. Jara is another product of Tormenta FC 2 and is also in his second season with the club.

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Photos and Game Summary: First Half Dooms Orlando

Kickers bounce back from Saturday’s loss with a decisive win last night.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

TEAM SCORE GOALSCORERS
RICHMOND KICKERS

(7-3-2, 23 points)

2
Bolanos 27’, 43’
ORLANDO CITY B

(1-8-3, 6 points)

1
Rivera (Rosales) 90’

The Richmond Kickers (7-3-2) picked up the 2-1 victory at City Stadium Wednesday night over Orlando City B (1-8-3). Jonathan Bolanos scored his first two professional goals in the first half to lead the Kickers to all three points. Orlando would get a goal back in stoppage time from Wilfredo Rivera.

Eight minutes into the match a pair of blocks prevented Orlando from getting a shot off. The first came when Kenji Tanaka looked for a break on goal. Kyle Venter made sure to get a foot in his path to poke away the ball. Greg Boehme followed up, sliding through Raul Aguilera to stop the chance.

The Kickers nearly got on the board in the 13th minute. Scott Thomsen served in a bending free kick from the left wing into the back post. Ivan Magalhães got his head on the ball, as his shot skipped just wide of the Orlando goal.

The first professional goal for Jonathan Bolanos broke the deadlock after 27 minutes. Ryley Kraft served in a corner kick that found Magalhães at the back post. He headed the ball back in front of goal trying to pick out Kyle Venter as Orlando thought they had cleared it. Bolanos met the ball at the top of the box, going for a rocket of a shot that made no mistake finding the back of the net.

Bolanos converted from the penalty spot to net a brace in the 43rd minute. Magalhães played the ball long for Bolanos to make a run into the Orlando box. Just before he reached the ball, Franklin Carabalí tripped Bolanos, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Having been fouled, Bolanos called to take the penalty, putting it straight down the middle of the goal to make it 2-0 to Richmond.

Orlando had to play the final 22 minutes of the match down a man after a red card. After picking up a yellow card in the first half, Moises Tablante was called for a foul in the 68th minute on Matt Bolduc. The referee issued the second yellow followed by the red to send him off.

The visitors would pull back a goal in stoppage time. Wilfredo Rivera chipped the ball out for Jonathan Rosales on the right. He took a touch before playing the ball right back into the box, finding Rivera making the run in. He got enough of a touch on the ball to put it just out of the reach of Akira Fitzgerald.

The Kickers are right back at it Saturday night, as they hit the road to face reigning champions North Texas SC at Globe Life Park. Kickoff for that match is set for 8:00 p.m. ET and will be available to watch live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.

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 2 0 2
Orlando 0 1 1

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Kyle Venter, Matt Bolduc (73’ – Wahab Ackwei), Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft (61’ – Oalex Anderson), Greg Boehme, Jonathan Bolanos (73’ – Hassan Pinto), Emiliano Terzaghi (82’ – Gianluca Cuomo), Luke Pavone (61’ – Stanley Alves)

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Mutaya Mwape

Orlando: Austin Aviza, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Franklin Carabali (59’ – Thomas Williams), Jonathan Rosales, Moises Tablante, Raul Aguilera, Wilfredo Rivera, Kenji Tanaka, Teddy Ndje (45’ – Austin Amer), Mason Lamb (45’ – Daniel Rosario), Aleksandar Gluvacevic (45’ – Julian Kennedy)

Unused Substitutes: Russell Robles

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 16 0 9 5
Orlando 4 5 19 0

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
27′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos (unassisted)
43′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos (penalty)
90′ ORL Wilfred Rivera (Jonathan Rosales)

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
35′ ORL Moises Tablante
37′ ORL Teddy Ndje
45′ ORL Mason Lamb
67′ RIC Jonathan Bolanos
68′ ORL Moises Tablante

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
68′ ORL Moises Tablante

MATCH INFORMATION

Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referees: Jeffery Skinker, William Aten
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Attendance: 626
Weather: Sunny, 76 ºF

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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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