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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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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.