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Kickers Face Independence – Preview

The third game in a four-game home series. So far the Kickers have a win and a draw.

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Opponent: Charlotte Independence (4 – 3 – 2)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2 – Tormenta 2

Weather Forecast from Weatherbug.com

The weather looks like a typical roll-the-dice Virginia summer evening.

Three Things to Kick About

  1. Packed – The schedulers at USL1 headquarters are a twisted, demented bunch. So many games at home then on the road for basically a month. This is not unique to the Kickers but something to consider when your favorite players are looking a bit tired and run down. The Kickers had a game on May 28th, June 1st, and June 4th. That’s enough to wear anyone down.
  2. Who’s Going to Score? – I don’t mean that in a desperate kind of way. I’m genuinely curious who will be the next player to get his first goal for the Kickers. Last Saturday it was Stuart Ritchie getting his first as a Kickers and the previous week Nathan Aune, Jalen Crisler, and Leonardo Baima scored their first goals as Kickers to deliver the 3-0 win. That’s a whole mess of defenders scoring. Crisler even notched his second last Saturday. If I was a real data geek I’d figure out who is left on the team that hasn’t scored beside goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald. Whoever it is I’m betting they score.
  3. Parity – Some season there is an early break-away leader from the pack and nobody ever catches up. In USL1 9 games in and there is no such leader. Only 4 points separate 9th place from 1st place. The Kickers currently in 5th are only 2 points (those points left on the table from last week’s draw I’ll point out) from 1st. Sometimes cliches are there for a reason and on any given night anybody could win has never been more true than this season.

Prediction

It is of questionable worth that I do this section because nine times out of ten I’m picking the Kickers. Counterpoint as mentioned above this league is so close I’m not making wild guesses. The Kickers still have the best goal differential with +5 and at home so I’m giving them the edge once again.

Kickers 2 Independence 0

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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PHOTOS: Richmond Kickers Tryouts

This weekend soccer hopefuls tried out for the Richmond Kickers.

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The Richmond Kickers held an open tryout and we captured a few pictures. Perhaps we’ll see some of these guys on the field at City Stadium this spring. The Kickers’ first home game is Saturday, April 1st. You can check out Season Tickets here and individual tickets here.


















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Kickers Announce Initial Roster Decisions

The Richmond Kickers announced initial contract decisions for the 2023 season, Wednesday, with three exercised options and four option declines as the club prepares to defend its 2022 USL League One regular-season title.

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The Richmond Kickers announced initial contract decisions for the 2023 season, Wednesday, with three exercised options and four option declines as the club prepares to defend its 2022 USL League One regular-season title.

“We worked very hard over the past few years to develop our culture here in Richmond, and this past season we put together a great run to win the regular season Championship,” Kickers’ Chief Sporting Officer and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky said. “With that success, we didn’t win the games we needed to in the playoffs.

“We have some great young players chasing higher-level opportunities, and we have some players heading to new opportunities. We are adding some good players and at the same time, we are bringing back the backbone of the culture the guys have created.”

Forwards Matthew Bentley and Owayne Gordon and midfielder Chandler O’Dwyer return to the Roos after their contract options for 2023 were picked up by the club.

Bentley finished his first professional season tied for second on the team with six goals and tied for fifth with three assists while starting 18 of 26 league matches. Gordon, a midseason signing, tied for fourth on the team with five goals while also making three assists in 22 league appearances. O’Dwyer made his professional debut in the Kickers’ second US Open Cup match and finished with three appearances across all competitions.

Reigning back-to-back-to-back USL League One MVP and Golden Boot winner Emiliano Terzaghi and 2022 USL League One Goalkeeper of the Year Nominee and Kickers’ goalkeeping coach Akira Fitzgerald have existing contracts for 2023.

The contract options for midfielders Matthew Bolduc, Leonardo Baima, and Christian Molina and goalkeeper Austin Causey were declined by the club.

The 2023 season will be here before you know it! Kickers fans can get ready now by placing a $100 deposit for a 2023 season ticket. With one additional regular season match and two new opponents joining USL League One, City Stadium will be the place to be. Additional information can be found at richmondkickers.com/seasontickets.

Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Rostered Players for 2023 as of December 7, 2022 

GOALKEEPERS: Akira Fitzgerald

DEFENDERS: 

MIDFIELDERS: Chandler O’Dwyer

FORWARDS: Emiliano Terzaghi, Matthew Bentley, Owayne Gordon

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Heartbreak at City Stadium as Kickers Lose Semi-final Match

The Kickers has all the advantages going into the Semi-final but couldn’t score and fell short and lost by one goal.

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Official Game Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS: 0
CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES SC: 1 86′ Mentzingen (Villalobos)

The #1 seeded Richmond Kickers’ season ended in the USL League One Playoff Semifinals, presented by Hisense, after falling to the #4 seeded Chattanooga Red Wolves 1-0, Saturday night.

The night began as a celebration as the Kickers were set to host their first home playoff match since the 2014 season. For a second-straight outing at City Stadium, the Kickers hosted over 5,500 fans after enjoying a capacity sellout during the regular-season finale.

Typical for a matchup between the Kickers and the Red Wolves, the match was physical throughout.

In the 8th minute, Jonathan Bolanos fired off a low-rolling shot that the Red Wolves’ keeper spilled. Emiliano Terzaghi pounced on the opportunity to get the rebound, began to dribble around the keeper and was tripped to the ground as the goalkeeper clumsily attempted to stop Terzaghi. However, the foul was not called and the Red Wolves resumed play with a goal kick.

Later in the 23rd minute, Nil Vinyals took a free kick from outside the box. The cross found its way into the box and Jalen Crisler got his head to the ball and redirected it toward the goal. The keeper was only able to deflect the attempt, and Simon Fitch was able to get the ball into the goal. However, Crisler was deemed offside by the sideline official and the goal was disallowed.

Then, in the 39th minute, a red card was shown to the Red Wolves’ David Texeira after committing a serious foul against Ethan Bryant, bringing Chattanooga’s numbers down to 10 on the pitch.

Both teams returned to the locker room at halftime tied 0-0 and both were looking for the go-ahead goal in order to move on to the final.

More opportunities came in the 74th minute when Dakota Barnathan crossed the ball over to Owayne Gordon on the right side of the pitch. Gordon then crossed the ball into the box to find a crashing Vinyals, but the Red Wolves’ keeper was able to make the save.

In the 84th minute, Zaca Moran took an enterprising shot from outside the 18-yard box but the ball went just over the crossbar.

With the Kickers pushed forward, the Red Wolves were able to capitalize on their one real chance of the night on a counterattack in the 86th minute. Chattanooga’s Rafael Metzingen raced up the field before hitting a curling effort that bent around and into the net.

Richmond pressed for an equalizer as time-wasting from the visitors allowed for nearly 10 minutes of added time, but the ball did not find the back of the net for the hosts.

The Kickers’ will now tie a bow on the season in the next week as end-of-season awards are announced. Currently, Bolanos and Terzaghi are nominated for Most Valuable Player, Akira Fitzgerald is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year, Crisler is nominated for Defender of the Year, Bryant is nominated for Young Player of the Year, and Head Coach Darren Sawatzky is nominated for Coach of the Year.

As the Kickers prepare to defend their regular-season title in the 2023 season, fans can now place deposits for 2023 season tickets. Fans can do so at richmondkickers.com/seasontickets.

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

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