Kickers Travel to Omaha Saturday
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond Kickers (5-2-2) will look to build on Wednesday night's victory as they make the trip to face Union Omaha (4-2-4) this Saturday at Werner Park. Kickoff for this match is set for 8:00 p.m. ET and it will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+.
This Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides, and their only clash this season. Omaha is in their first season in USL League One after being awarded a franchise on May 2, 2019. They are led by former University of Nebraska Omaha Men's Soccer Head Coach Jay Mims and currently sit in fourth in the league standings, one spot behind the Kickers.
Richmond has a quick turnaround for Saturday's match after picking up a 2-1 victory at City Stadium Wednesday night over Fort Lauderdale CF. The visitors jumped out in front after just five minutes through Ricky Lopez-Espin. Despite missing a penalty in the 8th minute, Emiliano Terzaghi made good, scoring the equalizer in the 17th minute off a quick throw in from Ian Antley. The Argentine came up with a brace in the 54th minute off a corner kick from Ryley Kraft to pull Richmond ahead and earn the win.
Omaha comes into this match on the heels of a two-match losing streak, falling to New England Revolution II last Saturday. Justin Rennicks made it 1-0 to the visitors in the 11th minute from a service from Orlando Sinclair. Heading into stoppage time, Omaha were dealt a blow when Ethan Vanacore-Decker was issued a straight red card, reducing them to 10-men for the final moments of the match. That red card has been rescinded by the league Disciplinary Committee and he will be available for Saturday's match. New England would get a late insurance goal from Nicolas Firmino in the final seconds for them to seal their road victory.
The Kickers will be back in action next Saturday night, back at City Stadium hosting New England Revolution II, presented by Impawsible Pups. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. The match will be shown live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
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Richmond: Forward Emiliano Terzaghi (#32) continues to keep his spot at the top of the USL League One Golden Boot race after netting a brace Wednesday night against Fort Lauderdale. He has nine goals in nine matches, plus he is tied for second in shots taken with 25. Defender Kyle Venter (#12) made his ninth appearance of the season in Wednesday night's victory. He had three recoveries and four clearances in the win. Defender Ian Antley (#2) picked up his third assist of the season for Terzaghi's tying goal Wednesday night. He led the team with seven tackles and five recoveries to show his strengths on both sides of the ball.
Omaha: Forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (#7) is tied for a club high two goals and leads the team with four assists this season. He spent a season and a half with USL Championship side Swope Park Rangers before signing with Omaha before the 2020 season. Goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu (#24) is tied for second in the league this season for shutouts with three. Nuhu came to Omaha after playing in four matches with New York Red Bulls II in 2019. Forward Evan Conway (#11) is tied with Vanacore-Decker in scoring with two goals this season. Conway is in his first professional season after four seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, scoring 27 goals in 77 appearances.
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