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Preview: Kickers Back at Home After Bye Week

North Carolina is a blast from the past for the Kickers. The last time the two teams played in a regular-season game was 2017.

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Opponent: North Carolina FC  (0-2-0)
Date/Time: Saturday, May 22nd, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Richmond Kickers 2, South Georgia Tormenta FC 0

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Back in Black – The Kickers will be wearing their new bad-ass all-black alternative kit for the first time on Saturday. It also coincides with the hottest day of the year but it’s a small price to pay for looking cool. Coach Sawatsky is the original “man in black” so it’s nice to see the team catching up to his look.
  2. Back to One – The Kickers opponent this week in North Carolina FC. NCFC last year were playing in Championship, which is one level above USL League 1. The best I can figure out they only lost 3 players. The talent gap between Championship and USL1 is not gigantic so we don’t expect anything shocking.
  3. We’ve Got Three – After their last game, the Kickers had three players picked for the Team of the Week.  Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald, defender Ivan Magalhães and forward Emiliano Terzaghi were all tapped for the honor. Most exciting for the fans was Terzaghi getting two goals. If these three have another similar game it’ll make the win an almost sure bet.

Prediction

The Kickers are gaining form and their defense seemed to find better footing last game. The scoring threats are multiple and I see positive signs on the horizon. The team on Saturday will be solid but I think the best is yet to come. This will be a workman’s effort and will get the boys in black a win.

Kickers 1 – NCFC 0


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The Richmond Kickers (2-2-0) are back at City Stadium to take on North Carolina FC (0-2-0), Saturday night, May 22 at City Stadium. Kickoff for this match is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Richmond is coming off a return to form after a 2-0 win against Tormenta which saw Emiliano Terzaghi score two goals in the last 10 minutes of the match. Richmond is now rested after having a week off and ready to see Terzaghi and the squad firing on all cylinders again. Richmond registered 11 shots and six on target against Tormenta. Victor Falck was a rock in the midfield with an 89.7% passing accuracy and three interceptions.

North Carolina most recently played Forward Madison to what seemed like it would be a scoreless draw until the stoppage-time winner from Madison’s Derek Gebhard in the 92nd minute. North Carolina’s defense put in a solid shift for the better part of the game with 26 clearances, 20 interceptions, and five blocks across the whole team. Pecka, Malick Mbaye, and Max Flick all had significant passing accuracies with 88.6%, 83.7%, and 86.5%, respectively.

Despite beginning the season winless in its first two matches, North Carolina has shown real resolve with the near result in Madison as well as a vigorous performance against the defending league champions Greenville Triumph SC. Its match against Triumph was a 2-1 loss which had Selmir Miscic open North Carolina’s scoring account for the season with a 15th-minute equalizer before Greenville’s Lachlan McLean found the go-ahead goal in the 65th minute.

Richmond and North Carolina are two of the few USL League One clubs that have a history outside of the league’s three-year existence. North Carolina, previously known as the Carolina Railhawks, was founded in 2006. The two teams have played against each other many times in the USL1, the USL Championship, and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup since the Carolina franchise’s inaugural 2007 season. Since 2018, the two clubs have matched up five times with Richmond winning three of those ties.

Richmond will look to make it two straight wins at home this weekend before they head out on the road for their next match to take on the Chattanooga Red Wolves on May 29th at 7:00 p.m. ET. Chattanooga currently sits two points below Richmond in the table but has only played three games this season resulting in one win over North Texas and a draw against New England Revolution.

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Match Information:
Richmond Kickers vs North Carolina FC
City Stadium, Richmond, Va.
Saturday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Broadcast Information:
Internet: ESPN+
TV (Local): WTVR CBS 6 

WTVR CBS 6 Players to Watch

Richmond Kickers

Nil Vinyals (#10) continues to impress and make his mark on this Kickers squad. He registered three shots, two on target and one blocked. Vinyals also had a passing accuracy of 80.8% and made 18 good passes and crosses.

Victor Falck (#23) was a standout performer in the midfield. He made 20 passes into the opposition half with a 90% passing accuracy. He made 35 successful passes or crosses and had two shots. Falck also put in a significant defensive performance with three interceptions and one block. 

Emiliano Terzaghi (#32) scored twice in a matter of 10 minutes last time out with a goal in the box off an assist by Oalex Anderson then a second from the penalty spot. Terzaghi matched Viinyals for three shots, two on target and one blocked as well.

North Carolina FC 

Max Flick (#4) played a crucial role in holding down the North Carolina defense for the better part of the match against Forward Madison. He made 52 passes and 86.5% passing accuracy coupled with two clearances and one interception.

Malick Mbaye (#5) was a solid central defender and distributor in his matches against Greenville and with an 86.1% passing accuracy, and 83.7% against Forward Madison and also made 10 clearances and two blocks.

Luis Arriaga (#8) managed to create one chance and take one shot in the match against Forward Madison with a 79.3% passing accuracy. In the previous match against Greenville he managed 27 passes into the opposition’s half and four interceptions.

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Preview: Kickers Face Union Omaha at Home for the First Time

Another frustrating draw, this time on the road. The Kickers still looking for consistency in front of the net.

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Opponent: Union Omaha  (5-1-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 19th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Richmond Kickers 0, Forward Madison 0

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Underperforming – If the playoffs were to start today the Kickers wouldn’t be in them. The team for reasons that escape my pea brain can’t seem to string together two good games. When they’re firing on all cylinders they’re one of the top teams in the league but that only seems to happen in short bursts and rarely for a whole game and never in back-to-back games.
  2. Defense Dependent – The defense has kept us in every game but the offense isn’t doing their part. A team that has 3 clean sheets in 8 games shouldn’t be sitting in 7th place. There are two teams with worst goal differentials that sit higher than us on the table. Last week the team only managed 7 shots. Roughly one shot every 13 minutes.
  3. Missed Opportunities – I keep going back to the game against NCFC on May 22. It ended in a 0-0 draw. Currently, NCFC has only managed 1 point in its six games and that was against us. If the Kickers continue this trend it will not end well.

Prediction

In order to protect what little self-confidence I have, I haven’t gone back to see how well I’ve done predicting these games. Omaha is on a two-game winning streak and has displaced Greenville from the top of the table. From the highlights I’ve watched their offense looks really good. This is backed up by three of their five wins being by two goals. The Richmond defense will have to have another outstanding game. I don’t have faith in our offense to do their part. It’s going to be another draw for the boys in red.

Kickers 1 – Union Omaha 1

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The Richmond Kickers (3-3-2) return to City Stadium to face the league leaders, Union Omaha (5-1-2), on Saturday, June 19th. Kickoff for this match is set at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Richmond’s previous outing was an intense rivalry match against Forward Madison which saw both sides playing a physical match with neither able to break the deadlock. The match resulted in a scoreless 0-0 but saw the Kickers earn their fourth clean sheet of the season. Emiliano Terzaghi, Jalen Crisler, Ivan Magalhães and Jonathan Bolanos all kept Forward goalkeeper Chris Brady busy with shots on frame.

Crisler had an impressive game against his former club. Partnered with Magalhães, the center-back duo recorded their eighth-straight match paired together and were a major part of Richmond’s impenetrable defense. Crisler had a passing accuracy of 85.4%, made 10 clearances and had one block. Magalhães made five interceptions, made the most successful passes with 44 and had a passing accuracy of 86.3%.

Union Omaha’s last game was against New England Revolution II and resulted in a 4-2 Omaha win. Connor Presley of Revs II started the scoring for the match in the 23rd minute, then, minutes later, Greg Hurst would score the first goal of his 26-minute hat-trick which would help cement Union Omaha’s league standing. Omaha managed 20 shots against New England and had a passing accuracy of 76.1%.

With the draw against Madison, Richmond will look to take points away from Omaha to reposition themselves in the top 6 of the league table. Union Omaha are on a two-win streak right now and Richmond will look to produce another strong defensive outing to slow down the Omaha attack.

Richmond’s next match will be at North Carolina FC, June 25. The last time the two teams lined up, the match resulted in a scoreless 0-0 draw at City Stadium. This time out, Richmond will look to earn their first league win over NCFC since the two sides faced off in the USL Championship in 2018.

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CBS6 Players to Watch

Richmond Kickers

Ivan Magalhães (#4) was a standout performer against Forward Madison. With a passing accuracy of 86.3%, a shot on goal and five interceptions, Magalhães helped secure another Kickers clean sheet. Look for Magalhães to put in a solid shift and neutralize Greg Hurst in the box.
Jonathan Bolanos (#17) started the match against Madison with a bang. With a solo run at the goalkeeper within the first five minutes in the game, Bolanos was able to strike fear into the Madison defense. A threat in front of goal as well as a distributor, Bolanos has racked up both goals and assists to make the Kickers’ attack more potent from the left side.
Jalen Crisler (#15) was crucial in keeping a clean sheet against his former club. Crisler had a passing accuracy of 85.4%, made one block, gained possession four times andmade 10 clearances. Crisler and Magalhães will have to be at the top of their game to give Richmond the foundation they need to battle it out with Union Omaha.

Union Omaha

Greg Hurst (#9) scored a hat-trick in his outing against New England in all of 26 minutes. The lethal attacker had four shots on target, a 78.9% passing accuracy and  made 15 passes into the opposition’s half.
Conor Doyle (#22) had an impressive defensive performance against New England. Making four tackles, four clearances, two interceptions and gaining possession eight times. He was a nuisance in the midfield. He also made 27 passes in the opposition’s half.
Rashid Nuhu (#24) had a great game against New England despite letting two past him in the stick as he recorded four saves on the night. A top 3 goalkeeper in the league, Nuhu presents a good challenge for the Richmond attack.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Strike Fast Hold on for Win

The Kickers scored in the opening minute but New England stayed in the fight and made for an exciting game down to the last seconds.

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Three Things to Ponder

  1. Exciting – This game shouldn’t have been exciting. The Kickers kept leaving the door open a crack and the Revs would take advantage. The Kickers offense was also exciting but we don’t know yet if this is just a case of stacking up good against New England or the start of something bigger. The Kickers only other three-goal game was also against New England at the season opener.
  2. Passion – I’m going to mention it again. Everyone on this team has such passion that it’s impressive to watch. This starts with head Coach Darren Sawatsky. He’s just as passionate (angry?) when up two goals as he is when the team is down three goals. This passion can be a double-edged sword. The Kickers are second in the league with yellow cards but to date no red cards.
  3. Deep Offense – The Kickers are second in the league with 10 goals. This comes from six different players. Leading the Kickers as you’d expect/hope is Emiliano Terzaghi with three. The fact that five other players have scored makes it much harder for other teams to focus on just one player and hope that stifles the offense.

 

Official Kicker Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (3-3-1) equaled their highest scoring total of the season as they earned a 3-2 win over New England Revolution II on Pride Night. The tone of the match was set when the Kickers opened up with a spectacular team goal in the first 26 seconds.

Approximately 30 seconds into the match, a quick exchange of passes between Juan Pablo Monticelli and Nil Vinyals broke through the New England right-flank. Vinyals placed a threaded pass to Jonathan Bolanos who exploded into the box then squared the ball across to Matt Bolduc who set up for a left-footed shot and netted an early goal for Richmond.

After 11 minutes, Revs II made their way into the Richmond defense and managed to get a shot off, but Akira Fitzgerald’s lightning quick reflexes rejected what could have been an equalizer for New England.

At the 30-minute mark, New England equalized after an incisive run into the box which was followed with a shot that Fitzgerald deflected away from goal but fell into the feet of Noel Buck who struck the ball just quick enough to beat Fitzgerald to the punch.

Only 10 minutes later, Vinyals would place a corner kick that would connect with Monticelli for a beautifully-headed goal into the back of the New England net. The first half wrapped up with Richmond holding a 2-1 lead over Revs II.

With the second half underway, Richmond looked to see out their lead with some insurance. In the 51st minute, Victor Falck drilled a deadball down the right wing to a streaking Bolduc. The right-winger squared the ball into the center of the box to Vinyals who was rushing into the danger area. The Spaniard passed the ball to a centrally-placed Terzaghi, who returned the ball to Vinyals just wide of the goal, only for Vinyals to fizz the ball right back across to Terzaghi who finished with a perfect side-footed attempt.

In the 76th minute, New England halved the Richmond lead but the Reds held onto their lead through six minutes of stoppage time to see out their second straight victory over Revs II.

With another win under their belt, the Richmond Kickers are back on the road and headed to Wisconsin on Saturday, June 12 to face Forward Madison for the first Henny Derby of the season. The game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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 1 3
North Carolina 1 1 2

LINEUPS

Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler (68’ – Nathan Aune), Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals, Emiliano Terzaghi ( 88’ – Cameron Vickers), Jonathan Bolanos ( 63’ – Oalex Anderson), Matt Bolduc ( 63’ – Luke Pavone).

Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Chris Cole, Hernan Gonzalez

New England: Brad Knighton, Sean O’Hearn, Colby Quinones (69’ – Francois Dulysse), Pierre Cayet, Jake Rozhansky, Michel, Ryan Spaulding ( 68’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Christian Mafla, Noel Buck ( 45’ – Justin Rennicks), Damian Rivera, Edward Kizza ( 68’ – Ryan Sierakowski).

Unused Substitutes: Joseph Rice, Joseph Buck, Collin Verfurth

 

STATISTICS
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners
Richmond 13 2 18 2
New England 14 4 8 7

SCORING SUMMARY

1’

RIC

Bolduc

30’

40’

51’

76’

NE

RIC

RIC

NE

Buck

Monticelli

Terzaghi

Cayet

CAUTIONS SUMMARY

36’

RIC

Chrisler

83’

90+1’

RIC

NE

Vinyals

Michel

EJECTIONS SUMMARY
None

MATCH INFORMATION
Referee: JC Griggs
4th Official: Andrew Charron
Attendance: 2,360
Weather: Sunny, 89 ºF

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Preview: Kickers Looking for a Win

A disappointing draw at home and loss on the road are on the Kickers’ minds as they prepare for New England coming to town.

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Opponent: New England Revolution II  (2-2-1)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 5th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Richmond Kickers 1, Chattanooga 2

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Dave Bulow Honored

The Richmond community is still reeling from the sudden passing of former player and coach Dave Bulow. In a nice act, the Kickers and Richmond Strikers will celebrate his life before the game. There will be more than a few tears shed.

The Richmond Kickers and the Richmond Strikers plan to celebrate the life of David Bulow in a pregame ceremony at Saturday’s June 5 match at City Stadium.
Taking place shortly before Saturday’s 6:30 pm kickoff,  the ceremony will be led by representatives of both the Kickers’ organization and Bulow’s Richmond Strikers U19 Boys and Girls Elite Teams. A special tribute penned by members of both organizations will be read aloud over the public address during the ceremony. There will be a collection point inside City Stadium where fans can drop off cards or write memories of David that will be presented to the Bulow family.
Bulow, a long-time fixture in the Richmond soccer community as a player and coach for the Richmond Kickers’ professional and youth sides, Richmond United academy teams, and, most recently, a coach with the Richmond Strikers youth teams, passed away on May 6, 2021. He was 41.

Three Things to Kick About

  1. Concentration – Lapses of concentration, attention, call it what you will but those lapses cost the Kickers three points last Saturday. The Kickers were in the driver’s seat right after the start of the second half with a quick goal. This was surprising since the first half the Kickers were mainly traffic cones for a Red Wolves shooting, dribbling drill. The lead was short-lived and the Kickers gave up a goal just six minutes after taking the lead. A draw would have been a decent result but another lapse during a set plan meant more frustration for the boys in red.
  2. Changes – Credit, where credit is due the Kickers, do seem to be able to adjust tactics and change the game. Coach Sawatsky seems to be able to bring guys onto the field that make a difference in the pace and style of play. The first half and second half were dramatically different in part due to the addition of Stanley Alves but until the quality in the final third changes. One thing that doesn’t need to change is Oalex Anderson he scored and was a constant threat.
  3. Passion – This team has heart and a bit of a temper. You could see some of that temper in last week’s game. Four Kickers received yellow cards all deserved, there could have been more. The most bone-headed of these yellows was from Oalex Anderson at the end of the second half. He booted the ball straight into the stands. There is no reason for that kind of behavior and had he struck a fan the ramifications could have been much more severe than a yellow card.
  4. Bonus – With the change in state rules the Kickers will have no attendance restrictions so bring the whole gang.

Prediction

I hadn’t looked at the table prior to starting this writeup and had assumed that New England was the same team we thumped in the season opener. I was wrong. They’re right behind the Kickers with one less game played. On the plus side, the baby Revs aren’t goal-scoring machines only scoring more than a goal once so far. This gives them a -2 goal differential. I’m confident the Kickers are the better team overall and we haven’t seen their full potential. I’ll continue with my homer bias and give the Kickers the nod but just barely.

Kickers 1 – New England 0

 

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