Preview: Kickers Head to Orlando Wednesday
RICHMOND, Va. - (Tuesday, October 20, 2020) - The Richmond Kickers (7-5-2) start a busy week Wednesday morning at Osceola Heritage Park to take on Orlando City B (1-9-3). This match is set to kickoff at 11:00 a.m. and will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and on ESPN+.
This will be the second meeting this year between the two clubs, and the final time these two clubs will meet in USL League One after Orlando announced that they will withdraw from the league following the conclusion of the season. With a series that dates back to both club's time in the USL Championship, Richmond holds the overall advantage with a 5-2-1 record.
Jonathan Bolanos scored his first two professional goals back on October 7 to lead the Kickers to victory over OCB the first time these two clubs played this season. He found the opener in the 27th minute after Orlando looked to clear away a corner kick. The rookie pounced on the loose ball and fired in a shot to find the back of the net. He was brought down in the 43rd minute inside the OCB box to draw a penalty. Bolanos stepped up to convert the penalty. Orlando would pull a goal back late in stoppage time as Jonathan Rosales found Wilfredo Rivera for the goal.
Richmond will be looking to get back to winning ways after falling to South Georgia Tormenta FC 0-1 last Saturday night. On the last touch before the halftime, whistle Nil Vinyals slotted the ball through for Marco Micaletto to score the lone goal of the match. This would be the first time this season that the Kickers have been defeated in two straight matches, and only the third time they have been held scoreless this season.
Orlando is back at home after traveling out west to face FC Tucson last Saturday, falling 0-2 on the road. After coming on as a first half substitute, Joshua Coan finished the match with a brace. Late in first half stoppage time, Charlie Dennis played a simple pass to Coan in space inside the OCB box. He just cut back to his left foot to curl in his shot for the opener. Manuel Ferriol found Coan out wide on the left in acres of space in the 90th minute, this time he only needed to chip the shot around Austin Aviza for his second of the night to seal the three points.
The Kickers will close out the regular season this Saturday night at City Stadium as they host Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, presented by Rybec Insurance. Gates open up at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff is a 6:30 p.m. The match will air locally on WTVR CBS 6.3 and streaming nationally on ESPN+. Tickets for this match are still available at RichmondKickers.com/Tickets.
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WTVR CBS 6 Players to Watch
Richmond: Defender Scott Thomsen (#3) had seven recoveries in the last outing against Tormenta FC Saturday night. Thomsen has made an appearance in each of the 14 matches in his fourth season with Richmond. Midfielder Victor Falck (#23) has been a consistent piece in the midfield for Richmond this season, logging 1203 minutes in 14 matches in his rookie year. He ranks second in the club for blocks with seven and third in interceptions with 16. Defender Kyle Venter (#12) recorded four clearances against Tormenta, bringing his season total to 47. The captain leads the club in passes with 570 passes this season.
Orlando: Forward Wilfredo Rivera (#62) leads the team in scoring with three goals, including the late goal against the Kickers on October 7. The native of San Juan, Puerto Rico signed an academy contract with OCB after spending the last three years in the Orlando City SC Academy. He has three caps with the Puerto Rico U17 National Team. Midfielder Austin Amer (#46) completed 88 percent of his 50 passes Saturday night in Tucson. He is in his second season with OCB after signing from the Orlando City SC Academy. Goalkeeper Austin Aviza (#61) made four saves in the club's last outing at Tucson. He made five saves against the Kickers the last time these two teams met.
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