The Kickers come in on a hot streak, and look to continue that tonight against the Wilmington Hammerheads, in North Carolina. However, they are boosted by the fact that a number of players are getting healthy, returning from national team duty, or have just been loaned in. The fact that Yomby William and Henry Kalungi have returned, as well as the addition of Ethan White for the weekend, helps both the back line and the attack, with Jason Yeisley available to return to the front line. This team just keeps finding a way to win, and with more of their ideal lineup back, I think that they can do it again.
Game Time: 7:30pm
Video: This game can be found streaming online at uslnation.com.
Lineup: Ethan White is the temporary new feature for the Kickers back line, and he will be slotted in immediately. I don’t think Yomby William or Henry Kalungi will start yet, but either could come in for Shane Johnson.
Goerres Johnson White Vercollone
Edcock Dos Santos Nyazamba Heins
Prediction: The way that the Kickers have been planning recently, I am going to go with a 1-0 victory.
What are you drinking: Going to eat Mexican food tonight, so probably a margarita. What are you drinking tonight?
Halftime update: Wilmington leads the Kickers 2-1 at halftime, with a goal off a long throw-in by Corey Hertzog and a PK converted by Hertzog. Perhaps the Kickers are missing the defense that has brought them here, with Shane Johnson out injured today. Hopefully they can turn it around in the second half.
64′ Kickers on the front foot, putting a lot of dangerous balls in. Both Fogelsong and Vercollone on the right said have looked especially dangerous.
67′ Hiroyama, Nyazamba, and Elcock come in for the Kickers.
70′ Ethan White gets caught in possession, and it leads to a turnover and break.
73′ Nyazamba gives away the ball leading to a break, but Pascale is able to smother Hertzog for a big save.
76′ Elcock heads the ball off the line! Kickers need to get back on the front foot, they’ve been pushed back recently.
79′ Ross MacKenzie has come in. As a note, all times are approximate: there is no clock on the screen.
86′ Hammers goalie makes a good save, and a corner kick ensues.
89′ Yomby William makes another appearance, coming in for Dos Santos. Right after coming in, he runs onto a ball and hits it just over the bar.
90′ Good flurry of shots, but nothing goes in.
90+’ Full time: Wilmington 2:1 Richmond. Full report will come tomorrow morning, but feel free to leave your comments here!