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Preview: Kickers Seek Revenge Against Spokane

The Kickers are hoping to bounce back after a mid-week loss in the Open Cup.

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Opponent:  Spokane Velocity
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 6:00 PM
Last Result: 0(4) – 0(5) PK Loss at home against Loudoun United
Up Next: Away vs. Greenville Triumph, Saturday, April 27th at 7PM

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Young Guns – The Kickers are continuing to lean on the academy players who range from 117-18 years old. The youngsters are continuing to hold their own. In particular, Griffin Garnett a defender is improving in front of our eyes and has started every game so far.
  2. Tired – On Wednesday in the Open Cup the Kickers played 120 minutes of soccer. This was after playing a game on the previous Saturday on the road in Madison. There is only so much punishment even professional athletes can take. On average a soccer player runs 7 miles per game.
  3. Ups Downs – The Kickers had a big boost to morale two weeks ago finally getting a win at home. Then they hit the road and managed a draw that felt like a loss. They played in the Open Cup on Wednesday against a team that is in a league above the Kickers. The Open Cup game ended in a scoreless draw which was an impressive feat. Unfortunately, the game went to PKs and those are a crapshoot that the Kickers lost. To a lot of fans that loss didn’t feel that devasting, they held their own against a much better team. Now we collectively hold our breath and see which direction the team will go next.

Prediction

This team is still a bit (some might say cursed) by the injury bug. At last count, there are 3-4 starters that are out of commission. This means our bench is very shallow. A shallow bench means that fresh legs late in the game are going to be hard to find. It also means that some players aren’t going to be playing in their optimum position. This is all more than a little worrying. The Kickers lost to the Spokane Velocity in Spokane at the start of the season. The Velocity have played one more game than the Kickers and only have 2 wins in 5 games compared to the Kickers 1 win in 4 games. Spokane has the distinct disadvantages of having to travel across the country and face a hostile crowd. I’m not sure it will be enough.

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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.