The Kicker kept it close for nearly 60 minutes but momentum shifted and the home side lost 5-1.
The Kickers 16 game unbeaten streak at home ended on a dreary Saturday night with an own goal.
This is the first leg of the Henny Derby. The Henny Trophy currently lives here in Richmond.
I took 118 minutes but the Kickers got a goal and a win and sent amateur team North Carolina Fusion U23 out of the Open Cup.
Wednesday night the Kickers return to the Open Cup after a two-year forced hiatus.
Next Saturday the team will take the field for the first game of the 2022 season. Tickets and season ticket packages available now.
Professional soccer is just a month away.
Although the Kickers were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round there was still plenty to celebrate.
Kickers are on a four-game winning streak and face Forward Madison yet again. A win and the Kickers are in the playoffs.
The Kickers winning streak goes to three with another one-goal win.