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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+.

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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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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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