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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 Give Up Lead Settle for Draw

For the second game in a row the Kickers had the lead and gave it up for a draw.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS  1    36′ Bryant (Bolanos)

CENTRAL VALLEY FUEGO FC  1 69′ Crisler (Own Goal)

The Richmond Kickers (13-7-7, 46 pts) extended their unbeaten streak to six with a 1-1 draw against visiting Central Valley Fuego FC (9-10-8, 34 pts), Saturday night, as Jonathan Bolanos recorded his 11th assist of the season, the most in a single season in league history, and the club set a new attendance record of 5,304 fans.

While Central Valley enjoyed the majority of the chances in the first half, it was the Kickers who capitalized with their lone shot on target.

In the 36th minute, Ethan Bryant found an open space and took the dribble, finding Bolanos who was making a wide run. Bolanos carried the ball forward before cutting the ball back to Bryant in space just outside the 18-yard-box. The midfielder took a touch and shot a rocket into the top corner of the net, giving the Kickers the lead going into the locker room.

The Kickers continued to press for more chances in the second half, and every chance became more and more dangerous.

In the 52nd minute, Matthew Bentley took the ball from the defensive half and was able to find Nil Vinyals. The Spaniard found Bolanos with a pass who rifled it to Bentley who made a run into the box. The forward had enough time to get off a point-blank shot but it was saved by the charging Fuego goalkeeper.

Immediately after, Akira Fitzgerald was able to save a low near post shot from Central Valley’s Maxi Schenfeld.

Another near chance came in the 62nd minute when Emiliano Terzaghi crossed midfield with the ball and saw the Fuego goalkeeper off his line. The Argentine ripped a shot that caught the keeper off guard but didn’t curl enough en route and went just wide of the goal.

In the 70th minute, Central Valley leveled the scoreline from a corner kick. Fuego put the ball in a dangerous area that appeared to take a touch off a Kickers player in the box before crossing the line resulting in an awarded own goal.

The Kickers would control the remaining minutes of the match as Fuego went down to 10 men in the 80th minute after Sergio Chavez collided with Owayne Gordon in transition and received his second yellow of the night.

In the 85th minute, Stephen Payne received the ball and dribbled all the way into the box, crossing the ball to a charging Ethan Vanacore-Decker. The sub got to the ball but his one-time effort went just over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, the Kickers were rewarded with a corner kick. Vinyals took the kick and found Jalen Crisler who moved ahead of his marker and got his head on the ball. However, his effort would go just over the crossbar.

With the point against Fuego FC, the Kickers extended their lead in the USL League One standings and currently sit five points ahead of second-place Greenville Triumph SC. Richmond still holds serve on earning the first spot in the league playoffs with three matches remaining in the regular season.

The Kickers have two upcoming road matches on Saturday, Oct. 1 at South Georgia Tormenta FC and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Forward Madison FC before returning home to host Greenville Triumph SC in the USL League One regular-season finale. The club will host Fan Appreciation Night. Kickoff on Oct. 15 is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

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Preview: Kickers Hope to Put Out the Fuego

Barring a catastrophic collapse, the Kickers will be in the playoffs. The goal now is to finish 1st or 2nd to get a bye and a home playoff game.

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Opponent: Central Valley Fuego FC (9 – 10– 6)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – Chattanooga 2

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In a word, “perfect”.

Three Things to Kick About

  1. Missed Opportunity – Last game on the road the Kickers gave up a 2 goal lead to settle for a draw. This is not terrible news. The Kickers still sit in first place but as it stands with 4 games left in the season, no team has clinched a playoff berth yet. Those two points lost in the draw as opposed to a win could end up having major consequences.
  2. Every Game Matters – This is a semi-repeat of the last home game talking point. Playoffs in USL award the higher ranked team home field. With only 4 games left and the top 3 separated by only 5 points every single point matters in getting that crucial home-field advantage. The Kickers have 7 losses on the season 5 of which have come on the road. Eight of their thirteen wins have been at home. Home cooking matters and the Kicker know this. I don’t know what kind of chaos would have to happen for the Kickers to miss the playoffs at this point but the fact that it could still happen makes me nervous.
  3. We’ve Got the Goals and Goal Scorers – The Kickers lead the league with 50 goals. Most will quickly say, “Well duh, we’ve got Terzaghi”. They aren’t wrong. Terzaghi leads the league with 16 goals so far. What is impressive is that there are 12 other Kickers that have also scored. If a team focuses too much on Terzaghi there are 12 other players to worry about. On the top of that worry list are Bolanos and Bentley with 6, Vinyals with 5, and super sub Gordon with 4. This team can score and other teams should be afraid.

Prediction

The team will be disappointed with that last game. Fuego is not a powerhouse and sit in 8th place out of 11. They’ve only had 31 goals to Richmond’s 50. The only spot the Fuego lead the league is in fouls with a whopping 402 which translates to 82 yellow cards and 3 red cards. Unless something goes sideways this should be an easy win for the Kickers.

Kickers 2 Fuego 0

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PHOTOS: Kickers Come From Behind and Ends the Torment(a)

The Kickers moved to the top of the table with this win.

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The Richmond Kickers (12-7-5, 41 pts) moved back into first place in USL League One after having the weekend off as they defeated South Georgia Tormenta FC (9-9-6, 33 pts) with three unanswered goals in a 3-1 comeback. Jonathan Bolanos scored two goals and recorded one assist and Emiliano Terzaghi scored one goal. Stuart Ritchie also recorded an assist.

Both teams started off very physical with the visitors taking the edge after drawing a penalty in the ninth minute. Adrian Billhardt was able to convert the penalty, giving Tormenta the lead early in the match.

The Kickers pushed for the equalizer but entered the locker room trailing. Tapping into the resilience that pushed the team to earn 14 points from a losing position previously, the Kickers went to work out of the break.

The determination was rewarded in the 55th minute as Bolanos received the ball from a throw-in out wide, made the turn, and found Terzaghi making the run in between two defenders. Terzaghi was then able to take a touch, look up, and calmly put the ball into the back of the net, curling it out of the keeper’s reach.

In the 70th minute, Owayne Gordon found Nil Vinyals at the top of the box to create a play. Vinyals then found Bolanos on the outside run and Bolanos took the opportunity to shoot, however, the shot was saved by the Tormenta keeper, TJ Bush.

In the 72nd minute, Ritchie took the ball up the wing and found Bolanos making a delayed run into the box. The forward slotted the ball with a one-touch shot into the lower far post corner to give the Kickers the 2-1 lead.

Akira Fitzgerald helped the Kickers maintain the 2-1 lead by keeping the ball out of the net after a Tormenta free kick just outside the 18-yard box.

Bolanos was not ready to call it a night after one goal and one assist.

In the fourth minute of seven minutes of stoppage time, Bolanos was able to collect the ball with the help of Gordon. He then dribbled the ball in between two defenders, forced the keeper to come off his line for a 1v1, beat the keeper, and then put the ball into an open goal to secure the Kickers a 3-1 win and increase the team’s season goal differential to 17.

Bolanos now leads the league with 10 assists – tying the league’s single-season assist record with six matches remaining in the season – and Terzaghi leads the Golden Boot race with 15 goals.

The Kickers return to the road to take on defending USL League One champs Union Omaha on Wednesday, Sept. 14th. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Then the Roos will then travel to Chattanooga to take on the Red Wolves before returning home to take on Central Valley Fuego on September 24th. The September 24th match will also be a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Night. Tickets for the match are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

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

RTD also has a quality summary with post game interviews from Coach Darren Sawtsky, Johnathan Bolanos, and Emiliano Terzaghi.

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