Opponent: FC Tuscon (5-7-2)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31st, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – Tormenta 2
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Three Things to Kick About
- 90 Minutes – The Kickers on Saturday pulled together a great 2nd half coming back from 2 down. The first 60 minutes or so of the gamer weren’t great. The team really needs to put together a full 90 minute performance to show they belong in the playoffs.
- Halfway – USL1 is officially at the halfway point of the season. The Kickers sit in 9th out of 12 teams. The good news is that they are only 3 points away from 3rd. The league is incredibly close. The points given up to the league’s worst NCFC are stuck in my throat like an old chicken bone. Just one of those game being a win and we would be in the top 3, had we won all three the team would be tied for first. This just goes to show you can’t take things for granted and every game matters.
- Tired – This will be the third game in ten days. This combined with a shallow bench (not a Kickers issue more of a USL1 issue) and our lovely swamp-ass filled weather could cause problems.
I just don’t know anymore. I thought we would win down in North Carolina. I thought we were going to lose when down by 2 against Tormenta. I fear that the schedule has done us no favors. Hoping for a win, expecting a loss.
Kickers 0 – FC Tuscon 2
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The Richmond Kickers (4-5-5) return to City Stadium after completing a three matches in seven days gauntlet last week to host FC Tucson (4-5-4) for their first matchup this season. The kickoff for the match is set for 6:30 p.m.
Richmond’s previous match was the conclusion of their three matches in a week when they came from behind to earn a hard-fought point at Statesboro, Ga. against South Georgia Tormenta FC. The hosts opened up the scoring early with a penalty converted by Marco Micaletto. Richmond would proceed to turn on the burners for the rest of the first half.
Roughly 20 minutes after walking back out of the tunnel for the second half, Tormenta squeezed in another goal, but, before they had time to settle down, Richmond bounced back as Matt Bolduc pushed up the right wing and sent in a perfect cross that was met with another fantastic first-touch flick into the goal by Emiliano Terzaghi. With the scoreline 2-1, Richmond smelled blood and continued firing on all cylinders. Eventually, their resilience and relentless attacking helped Oalex Anderson find another goal off the bench, leveling the scoreline and finishing their road trip with an important point.
The last time Richmond faced FC Tucson was in the 2020 season at Tucson when the match concluded in a 2-2 draw with Victor Falck and Terzaghi putting their names on the scoresheet after a 0-2 comeback. Terzaghi converted a penalty to halve the scoreline before Falck converted on a set piece in the 93rd minute to level the scoreline.
The first time the two sides played in 2020 was at City Stadium in August when the Kickers earned a 2-1 victory in only its second match at home following USL League One’s return to play earlier in July. Ivan Magalhães opened the scoring with a header off a free kick. Terzaghi doubled the lead after Tucson failed to clear the ball and Richmond recycled play back to the eventual MVP who received the pass with his back to goal before quickly turning on it and beating the keeper. Shak Adams would score a consolation goal in the waning minutes of the match.
In the first half of the 2021 season, FC Tucson’s current form is similar to Richmond’s with both sides right in the mix of a crowded midfield in the USL League One table. Both teams will look for this game to propel themselves into a better position in the table with a win potentially raising either team up two or three spots.
Tucson’s last matchup was against Union Omaha and saw Omaha finish the match 2-1 with a win at home. Tucson managed to retain more possession with 54.3% but only scraped five shots throughout the match. Half of Tucson’s team had a passing accuracy of 80% or higher and may look to retain possession against the Kickers this weekend.
Richmond’s next match will be back on the road for its first international affair since 2019, after a short-lived return to City Stadium, to line up against Toronto FC II. Nearly two years later, the sides will line up across one another once again for the first time during the 2021 season. Kickoff for the match is set for 4 p.m. on Friday, August 6.
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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
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Blow a Two Goal Lead in Waning Minutes of Game
The Kickers were up 2-0 in the 86th minute but managed to give up two goals in a minute and settle for a draw.
The Richmond Kickers (5-6-6) faced New England Revolution II (7-7-2) for the third time this season, earning a point against the MLS-affiliate off the back of an Emiliano Terzaghi brace.
After an hour of weather delays, the starting whistle was blown, and the third matchup between the Kickers and Revs II was underway. The first 20 minutes of the match was a very level display from both sides with neither able to capitalize on their attacking opportunities.
Soon after, Nil Vinyals freed up Matt Bolduc with an incisive pass up the left flank. Bolduc floated a brilliant cross across the penalty box, Terzaghi timed his run perfectly and side-footed the ball into the back of the net, bringing the scoreline to 1-0 in the Reds favor.
As the first half unfolded, Richmond was content to play to their strengths on the counterattack. Patiently playing out from the backfield and deep in the midfield, lofting through passes into the attackers and creating dangerous opportunities moving forward, but the scoreline would remain 1-0 in Richmond’s favor.
The Kickers started the half with the same vigor that earned them the early goal. Oalex Anderson continued to be a nuisance on the wing for the New England defense, linking up with Terzaghi, Bolduc and Vinyals on the right side for several sequences. In the 53rd minute, Terzaghi received the ball outside of the box and seized an open opportunity to drill a long shot and test the New England keeper. Joe Rice got a hand to it, but the wet conditions and the sheer force of Terzaghi’s strike ensured the ball found its way into the back of the net, doubling Richmond’s lead.
Later in the 71st minute, Richmond’s new signing, Ethan Bryant, made his Richmond debut going onto the field in place of Matt Bolduc. With only a quarter of the match remaining, New England put forth its best efforts to equalize the scoreline, sending nine players into the box for a corner kick, but the Richmond defense wouldn’t budge. Akira Fitzgerald would continue to add to his numerous spectacular saves on the evening.
New England would pull off an unlikely comeback in the final minutes of the match. Noel Buck found an opening to put an effort with pace on frame. The shot beat Fitzgerald and into the back of the net, earning a goal for New England, bringing the scoreline to 2-1. In the next minute, New England managed to cross a ball in from a wide area and reach Edward Kizza in the center of the box who headed it into the back of the net, bringing Revs II level with Richmond.
The fourth official signified four minutes of stoppage time for either side to pull the game in their favor. Richmond earned an opportunity to find the go-ahead from the corner, and Vinyals delivered a ball into the box that found the waiting head of Jalen Crisler. The centerback put his attempt on frame but Rice was able to make the save. The final whistle eventually blew with both sides earning a point from the intense back-and-forth match.
The Reds’ next match will be against Greenville Triumph SC down in South Carolina for the next leg of the Bon Secours Cup. The last time the two clubs faced each other was at City Stadium for Richmond’s second match of the season. The match concluded with an unfortunate loss to the reigning league title-winners, but the Kickers will have an opportunity to level the season series on August 22nd. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:00 p.m.
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Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhães, Jalen Crisler, Esteban Calvo( 83’ – Luke Pavone), Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Matt Bolduc( 71’ – Ethan Bryant), Nil Vinyals, Emiliano Terzaghi( 82’ – Hernan Gonzalez), Oalex Anderson( 71’ – Jonathan Bolanos)
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Nathan Aune, Chris Cole
New England: Joseph Rice, Pierre Cayet( 40’ – Colby Quinones), Collin Verfurth, Sean O’Hearn, Michel, Noel Buck, Jake Rozhansky( 68’ – Meny Silva), Ryan Spaulding, Edward Kizza, Connor Presley( 57’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Justin Rennicks
Unused Substitutes: Marzuq Puckerin, Francois Dulysse, Tyler Freitas, R. Sierakowski
Referee: John Matto
Assistant Referee: Nicholas Seymour, Jonah Kind
Fourth Official: Nickrod Fateh
Weather: Intermittent Storms, Rainy, 77 ºF