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Kickers Face Top of the Table Greenville – Preview

A Kickers win will put them back on the top of the table.

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Opponent: Greenville (8 – 4 – 4)
Date/Time: Saturday, July 15th 6:30 PM nd, 7 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 Charlotte Independence 1

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. King of the Mountain – The race to the top in USL has started to spread out a little bit but not at the top of the table. Greenville Triumph holds a 3-point lead on Richmond right now. Third place Tormenta is 7 points off of first. Due to goal differential being the tie-breaker a win for the Kickers will put them back on top. Betting one of the best teams in the league will go a long way to settling doubt on whether this Kickers team is a true contender for the title. It is worth pointing out Greenville has played one more game than the Kickers.
  2. Attack – The Kickers lead the league in goals scored at 28. This is more impressive because of some bonkers games in USL1 this year. Notably, a record tieing 5-5 game by Greenville on Wednesday and a 7-1 game win by Chattanooga. The Kickers still have a dominant goal differential of +13 with the Greenville sitting in second with +6. The Kickers have been throwing everything but the kitchen sink at opponents goals and it shows with 6 different players getting goals so far. The attack does seem to lack consistency at times. Firing on all cylinders one game beating NCFC 4-1 at home and then struggling to get a 1-1 tie against Charolette the next week.
  3. MVP – As we get deep into the season the question is who is the Kickers MVP? The obvious choice is Tergazhi who is once again in the running for Golden Boot tied with two others at 7 goals. I’m currently leaning towards the semi-dark horse Bolanos. Bolanos has 3 goals but a league-leading 7 assists. Those are impressive numbers for a player the missed the first quarter of the season with injuries. True dark horse candidate is Bryant with 4 assists and 2 goals. Bryant has stepped up his game this year and I expect big things from him coming up.

Prediction

These are two good teams. Both are in good form. Greenville is undefeated in 5 games with 2 draws. Richmond in the same 5 games has 3 wins a loss and a draw. The Kickers are healthy and seem to shine at home so I’ve got to go with the Kickers.

Kickers 3 Greenville 1

From the Kickers

We’re roughly 48 hours from kicking off against first-place Greenville Triumph SC at City Stadium!

Join us Saturday for Pride Night! We’ll be selling player-made tie-dye t-shirts with proceeds benefiting VA Pride!

Doors open at 5 pm! See y’all there! https://bit.ly/3AMBADb

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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.