Opponent: South Georgia Tormenta FC (1-0-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 8th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Fort Lauderdale CF 2, Richmond Kickers 1
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Three Things to Kick About
- Defensive Errors – The Kickers have lost the last two both games marred by defensive errors. An own goal and just plain poor marking have lead to the defeats. The injury to Ian Antley has hurt the defense more than it should.
- Mental Health – CBS6 sat down with Richmond Kickers defender Devante Dubose to discuss his battle with mental health. Well worth a watch here. “I gained myself back,” said Dubose. ” And the next thing you know 2018, I was signed to Phoenix Rising. That was one of the best years of my life.”
- Goals – The kickers have scored 4 goals in three games from four different players. Noticeably absent from that list of goal scorers is last years Golden Boot winner Emiliano Terzahi. What’s it all mean? Too early to tell but the diversity of goal scorers is a good sign.
This past weekend former Kicker player and most recently coach Dave Bulow suffered a stroke and serious damage from a fall. He is currently in the ICU and intubated. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. The soccer community across the country has come together to help with medical costs through this GoFundMe. While he was the coach I talked with Dave often and found him to be an amazingly genuine, caring, passionate man and I’m hoping for a quick recovery.
Update: This afternoon we learned that Coach Bulow passed away Thursday morning. Devasting news for the soccer community and all those ever came into contact with him.
The visitors have the same record as the Kickers. If the Kickers don’t make another error in the back I think this is an easy win.
Kickers 2 – Tormenta 0
Official Kickers Preview
The Richmond Kickers (1-2-0) return to City Stadium to take on South Georgia Tormenta FC (1-2-0), Saturday night, May 8 at City Stadium. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. This match will be presented by Puritan Cleaners and supported by Newport Academy.The tie between Richmond and Tormenta is a relatively newer matchup. Having only played Tormenta five times between the 2019 and 2020 season, Richmond look forward to getting back into a winning form against a Tormenta side with the same record. Tormenta trails just behind in the league standings on goaldifferential, having four goals scored against them.Richmond hope to bounce back from the previous match against Fort Lauderdale. The Kickers took 16 shots and had five on target and saw a lineup change with Oalex Anderson on the wing and Nil Vinyals for a change from the two previous weeks. The additional time for Nil Vinyals saw him open up his scoring account with Richmond and gave fans another attacking presence to watch for. Oalex Anderson took four shots, one of them was blocked and another went just wide of the post nearly adding to the Kickers scoreline.Tormenta’s previous matchup was against Tucson where they scored their only goals for the season thus far after two scoreless losses. Their first two losses were against Fort Lauderdale and Union Omaha where they kept the majority of the possession for each match with 63% and 42% respectively. Coincidentally, the match they won against Tucson saw them hold less possession with 40%.After the Tormenta matchup, Richmond will have a full two-week break until their return to City Stadium against North Carolina FC. North Carolina will play their first match of the 2021 season against Greenville this Saturday, and will be playing a Richmond team that is four games in and catching their stride.Don’t miss a moment of the 2021 season at City Stadium 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!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!
Match InformationRichmond Kickers vs South Georgia Tormenta FCCity Stadium, Richmond, Va.Saturday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast InformationInternet: ESPN+TV (Local): WTVR CBS 6
CBS6 Players to Watch
Nil Vinyals (#10) made his starting debut against Fort Lauderdale, and also his scoring debut. Vinyals made two key passes, led the team with 21 passes into the opposition’s half and had a passing accuracy of 81% in the opposition’s half.
Ivan Magalhães (#4) has held down the center back spot for the first three games this season, starting with a clean sheet against New England. Magalhães made an incredibly acrobating defensive header against Greenville and had the most successful passes on the team against Fort Lauderdale with 35. Despite being a defensive player Magalhães still managed 17 passes into the opposition’s half.
Victor Falck (#23) had a 74.3% passing accuracy in the match against Greenville, and 75% against New England. His partnership with Zaca Moran provides a sturdy defensive presence in the middle of the pitch. Falck won 100% of his aerial duels against Greenville. Look for him to provide a solid backbone against a physical Tormenta team.
Sergi Nus (#5) is an excellent ball playing center back, and his 90.5% passing accuracy against New England shows that. He also made 27 passes into the opposition’s half that game with 74.1%. That same match he made 82 good passes or crosses. Nus managed 30 good passes or crosses against Union Omaha, made two clearances and one interception.
Curtis Thorn (#23) is a defensive outside back who scored against Tucson and had a passing accuracy of 89.3% and a passing accuracy in the opposition’s half with 85%. Paired with his impressive defensive capabilities, he is a player to keep an eye out for. He made three clearances, one interception and one block against Tucson.
Joshua Phelps (#77) is the central attacker in a Tormenta three-man front line and scored against Tucson in the 10th minute. His passing accuracy for the match was at 76.9% and his passing accuracy in the opposition’s half was 70%. Scoring the first goal for this Tormenta side of the 2021 season should give him some incentive.
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