Opponent: Greenville Triumph (0-0-0)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 3 – New England II 0
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Three Things to Kick About
- Possession – It’s not how long you have the ball it’s what you do with it when you have it. Last game the Kickers only had around 30% possession but scored 3 goals on 9 shots. Efficient is the word that comes to mind. Expect more of the same.
- Argentina Connection – In addition to Golden Boot and MVP winner Emiliano Terzaghi the Kickers added two new Argentinians. Hernan Gonzalez (forward) and Zaca Morán (midfielder) will help take the pressure of Emiliano and I would expect scoring from a much larger variety of players this year.
- New Look – The Kickers released their best kit in many, many, many, years. You can see the away jersey above with the Ukrop’s rainbow cookies. They’ll be wearing the home red on Saturday. Both are available for purchase although the away one is still preorder right now.
The Kickers have already started their season. The Triumph have to travel for their first game of the season. The Triumph hasn’t had much success in Richmond and this new Kickers team will over a much different look than previous meetings. The weather could be a factor and make for a sloppy game but the Kickers will be the victor.
Kickers 2 – Greenville 0
The Richmond Kickers (1-0-0) welcome Greenville Triumph (0-0-0) to the home opener for the 2021 season, this Saturday night, April 24 at City Stadium, presented by Bon Secours. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. A competition between the two clubs, this match marks the start of the third season of the Bon Secours Cup.
This match will be the third meeting between the two clubs since August 2020. Greenville pulled away from the first matchup with a 3-2 win, then later Richmond returned the favor with a 2-1 win from home at City Stadium. In the several years since Greenville Triumph was formed the two clubs have matched up on three separate occasions apart from the shortened 2020 season. The first tie between the clubs resulted in a Kickers 1-0 win with Joe Gallardo knocking in the only goal of the match. About a month later, the two would face each other again, only this time Greenville would come out the victors with a 1-0 win from Jake Keegan’s lone goal. The final matchup of 2019 would see the Kickers come out on top for the 2nd time of the season. This time around, Braeden Troyer would knock in the only goal to ensure yet another Richmond win over Greenville.
The first of the pair of fixtures between the two teams saw Greenville edge a slight advantage over Richmond in their first game of the 2020 season. The scoring opened with an own goal by an attempted clearance that was deflected into the goal. At 36 minutes Matt Bolduc opened the scoring account for the Kickers’ 2020 season after an assist from Wahab Ackwei. The start of the second half saw another own goal from Richmond as Greenville took the lead again 2-1. In the 69th minute, Greenville scored following a counter-attack down the wing and a cross centrally placed by Tyler Polak for Jake Keegan to finish. Richmond answered back with a goal in the 74th minute after Jonathan Bolanos made his first professional debut, with a cross aimed right for Emiliano Terzaghi’s head which he flicked back into the goal to open his Kickers scoring account.
The reverse fixture favored the Kickers team at home in City Stadium. Richmond’s 2-1 win saw Matt Bolduc serve up the assist to open up the scoring with Emiliano Terzaghi’s finish for the goal just 14 minutes into the match. Just under 30 minutes into the half Greenville answered back with a goal off of a corner kick that fell into the box and at the feet of Brandon Fricke. Ryley Kraft would go on to cement Richmond’s lead over Greenville with a goal after a goal post deflection dropped the ball right at his feet. With the victory, Richmond hoisted the Bon Secours Cup for a second straight season.
The Kickers will head into this match looking to find their stride after a positive outing at New England last weekend. A couple of key additions to the squad since the 2020 season are forward Hernan Gonzalez and midfielder Zaca Moran, who was presented with the Man of the Match award. An honorable mention to Juan Pablo Monticelli who was named the USL League One Player of the Week after not only scoring a goal but helping Richmond keep a clean sheet for the match.
Greenville has yet to play a regular-season match in the 2021 season and the former USL League One title-winners will be facing a Richmond squad that is riding the wave off a 3-0 clean-sheet win against New England. Richmond did not let a single shot on target against New England, and successfully blocked three shots, and made 28 clearances to keep the clean sheet. Greenville won 8 of their 11 victories by a one-goal margin throughout the 2020 season and did retain their U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame coach John Harkes for the 2021 season and saw the arrival of three new players: Don Smart, Mario Lomis, and Jacob Goodall.
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WTVR CBS 6 Players to Watch
Emiliano Terzaghi (#32) won the USL League One Golden Boot last season scoring 10 goals in the league and playing 1,243 minutes. Coming into the league last season from Argentina, Terzaghi has added much firepower to the Kickers attack. Terzaghi did not manage to score but took three shots on the goal, and had one shot blocked, keeping the New England defense on their heels. Terzaghi had a 60% passing accuracy in the opposition’s half and despite not continuing his scoring form from the previous season he continues to provide a significant attacking output.
Juan Pablo Monticelli (#2) is a new addition to the Kickers, playing as a defensive outside back, Monticelli scored a goal in his debut game with the Kickers and was awarded the USL League One Player of the Week after helping Richmond maintain a clean sheet in their 3-0 win. Monticelli was not only a rock in the defense, but provided an option going forward as well with an 85.7% passing accuracy in the opposition’s half completing 17 of 22 passes. He made five clearances, two tackles, and two interceptions.
Zaca Moran (#6) completes the Argentine trifecta at Richmond. Recording two assists this preseason playing from the midfield, Zaca and his former River Plate experience will help link all phases of play for the Richmond Kickers. Moran was presented with the Man of the Match award for the match at New England after an impressive all-around performance. On the defensive side, he had five tackles and gained possession 10 times, the most of any other player in the squad. Moran also made the most successful passes in the team with 36 and a passing accuracy of 80%.
Greenville Triumph SC
Don Smart (#10) is a new arrival to this Greenville squad. Coming from a notable scoring season at Forward Madison in 2020 with nine goals, Smart is an addition that should help reinforce the scoring margin that kept Greenville on top of the league last season.
Dallas Jaye (#22) won the Golden Glove over the last two seasons with Greenville and led the league last season with nine shutouts and had a 0.69 goals-against average which helped Greenville retain their 11 victories last season.
Alex Morrell (#7) was a key player in Greenville’s attacking output for 2020, his efforts earned him a spot in the All-League First Team of 2020 after he finished the season with five goals and six assists. Morrell is a creative attacking player whose 32 created chances and 27 completed dribbles present a looming danger for opposition.
Preview: Kickers Face Toronto in Race to Playoff Line
It’s been a rough month (season?) for the Kickers and they’re hoping being back at home can get them the win.
Opponent: Toronto FC 2 (6-8-6)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – New England 3
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Three Things to Kick About
- Winless – The Kickers last won a game over a month ago on August 22nd. They have yet to win two games in a row. They have more draws than wins. This is why they’re in 2nd to the last place in the league. The phrase “must-win” gets tossed around a lot but it certainly applies to this game.
- Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi is tied in the Golden Boot race at 12 goals. He’s tied with some dude from Greenville. Greenville plays Foward Madison which are only slighty better than Toronto so no real advantage to either striker on Saturday.
- Weather – It’s going to be freaking perfect this weekend get out there and support you local team.
The Kickers took an early lead against New England last game and gave me hope. For about 20 minutes that hope was a beautiful thing. Then New England scored a goal and my candle of hope flickered but stayed lit. New England scored again and snuffed the candle of hope. Then New England scored for a third time grabbing my stub of a candle threw out the window where it landed in the river of despair and floated away. I think you see where I’m going with this. I’ll still be at City Stadium hoping the Kickers can show some fire and get back on track but I’m not counting on it.
Kickers 1 – Toronto 1
Photos and Game Summary: Crucial Game for Kickers End in Disappointing Draw
The Kickers would have helped their playoff chances tremendously with a win. Instead, they managed a 0-0 draw against the worst team in the league that had just played a game on Wednesday.
Official Kickers Summary
The Richmond Kickers (6-6-7) earned their league-lead tying seventh clean sheet of the season at City Stadium against North Carolina FC (4-10-4) and made their way back into a tentative playoff position as the two sides drew 0-0, Saturday night.
With the sun beating down on the pitch at City Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the whistle was blown and the fourth match-up between the regional rivals was underway. The opening minutes of the match saw both sides jockeying for control of the midfield as they tried to create opening scoring opportunities.
Shortly after, North Carolina crossed a ball from the wing, Robert Kristo received it and tried his luck getting around Esteban Calvo, but Calvo knocked the ball out at the last second for a corner which resulted in a change of possession.
Later on, in the 31st minute, the Kickers would make a precautionary change to lineup and formation as Stanley Alves had to come off with a knock. Nathan Aune would come in for Alves and slot into the midfield as Matt Bolduc, who played at the top of the midfield to start the match, took over for Alves on the right wing.
Several minutes later, Emiliano Terzaghi found himself in space in the corner of North Carolina’s box, picking his head up, he drilled a shot which ricocheted off a defender back into his feet, then had another go at goal which was collected by NCFC keeper Jake McGuire.
With only several minutes remaining in the first half, North Carolina’s Aziel Jackson found space at the top of the box for a shot and tried curling one in, but Akira Fitzgerald got his body ahead of the shot and collected it calmly. The whistle would blow soon after to signal the end of the first half with the deadlock intact.
The second half started with the same intensity that the first half ended with as both sides again worked to earn control in the match. New boy Ethan Bryant — who was enjoying his first home start since signing as a loanee earlier in the month — laid a pass off to Terzaghi at the top of the box, who flicked it with his heel over a defender back to Bryant who volleyed the ball at McGuire in stride and forced McGuire to make an acrobatic save, leaping for the attempt at goal.
Rolling into the 62nd minute, both sides still level at 0-0, Terzaghi received the ball at the top of the North Carolina box, turned and dribbled into space to fire off a shot at the goal which landed just above the crossbar.
Near the 75th minute, Bolanos received the ball on the left-wing, just outside of the North Carolina box and switched the play to Bryant on the other end of the box who teed up for a low-driven shot at goal, but the shot went just wide of the right post and hit the side netting.
The clock was ticking its way into the final minutes of the match and both sides were still powering through a sweltering Richmond night, trying to find the final piece of the puzzle to tip the scales in their respective favor.
With five minutes of extra time allotted to the match, North Carolina had a free kick in Richmond’s half near the midfield line. The kick fell into Richmond’s box and Kristo got his head to it to flick it on target, but Fitzgerald lept towards his post, making an incredible save that guaranteed Richmond their seventh clean sheet of the season. Shortly after, the final whistle blew, and Richmond walked away with a hard-fought point and moved up to sixth place in the table.
The Reds have a short turnaround as they prepare to host Henny Derby rivals Forward Madison FC on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at City Stadium. The last time the two clubs faced each other was in Madison, Wi., back in June with the Reds earning a point and a clean sheet. This time around, the Kickers will have the backing of the City Stadium faithful as they continue their push for a playoff position. Kickoff for the match is set for 6:30 p.m.
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Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran(78’ – Cameron Vickers), Ethan Bryant, Matt Bolduc, Jonathan Bolanos(79’ – Oalex Anderson), Emiliano Terzaghi, Stanley Alves (30’ – Nathan Aune)
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Chris Cole, Mumbi Kwesele, Hernan Gonzalez
North Carolina: Jake McGuire, Britton Fischer(70’ – Malick Mbaye), Parker O’Ferral, Max Flick, Nelson Blanco Flores, Joshua Coan(90’+4 – Selmir Miscic), Aziel Jackson(57’ – Jay Tee Kamara), Robert Frame, Nazmi Albadawi, Nelson Martinez(71’ – Pecka), Robert Kristo
Unused Substitutes: Thorn Simpson, Peter Pearson, Nicholas HollidaySTATISTICS
Referee: Austin Saini
Assistant Referee: William Aten
Fourth Official: Max A. Smith
Weather: Sunny, 90 ºF
Preview: Kickers Face Their Nemesis NCFC
The Kickers are in a log jam in the middle of the table. A win is critical to their playoff hopes and team confidence.
Opponent: North Carolina FC (4-10-3)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 28th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – Greenville 0
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Three Things to Kick About
- Richmond’s Bane – NCFC has been at the bottom of the standings all season. Yet, the three previous times the Kickers have faced this team they’ve done progressively worse. The Kickers managed a draw when NCFC was up here but most recently lost 4-0 down in Cary. Somehow things just haven’t clicked against this team. The Kickers do have several advantages. NCFC had a game this past Wednesday and turning around and playing another hot humid game on Saturday will be rough. The other advantage the Kickers have is an on-fire Terzaghi. Hopefully, home-field advantage will be the key this time.
- He Scores When He Wants – Emalino Terzaghi has now netted 12 goals this season putting him in a tie for the golden boot. The man is firing on all cylinders and even if the NCFC defense focuses on him the threat of Bolanos and Oalex could make them pay. Emalino’s goal on Sunday was also his 22 in USL1 in just 1.5 seasons.
- Defense – A times this season the Kickers defense has looked shaky. Some of the blame lies in the inability to control the midfield. One player that has been amazingly consistent is co-captain Ivan Magalhães. He has the ability to make the big stop and the smarts to slow play down and allow other players to get into position. Ivan was selected to the Cleer Audio Team of the Week for a second time this year, so I’m not alone in thinking he’s a force to be reckoned with.
If the Kickers don’t win this one it will be both surprising and incredibly depressing. Everything on paper with the exception of the Kickers record against them, points to an easy win. We’ve thought this two times before and been burned. That doesn’t stop us from believeing.
Kickers 2 – NCFC 0