FC Cincinnati (5-6-6) vs Richmond Kickers (2-8-7)
2017 USL Regular Season
DATE: Sunday, July 9, 2017
KICKOFF: 6:00 p.m.
STADIUM: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
ALL-TIME SERIES: 0-0-3
AT CINCINNATI: 0-0-1
ONLINE: USL Match Center
RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, July 7, 2017) – The Richmond Kickers (2-8-7) travel to take on FC Cincinnati (5-6-6) Sunday for the final meeting between the two clubs in 2017. The match can be streamed live on the USL Match Center and at the official watch party at Lalo’s Cocina, 2617 W. Broad St.
The two clubs have met on three occasions, all of which have ended as 1-1 draws. The first meeting came June 4, 2016 in Cincinnati. Sean Okoli netted the first goal of the game in the 12th minute. Hugh Roberts tied the game up in the dying moments of stoppage time on a volley from a cross by Brian Ownby. The next time the two clubs met was August 13, 2016 at City Stadium. Sunny Jane opened the scoring, as Mitch Hildebrandt knocked down a cross into Jane’s path. Andrew Weideman converted a free kick to give the visitors a road point. Earlier this season, the Kickers hosted Cincinnati, where Fred Owusu Sekyere got on the end of a Chris Korb cross in the 7th minute. Jimmy McLaughlin would beat Matt Turner in the 70th minute to draw the game level.
Richmond is coming off a draw on the road last Saturday at Bethlehem Steel FC. Sunny Jane earned his first assist of the season as he beat three defenders and place a through ball perfectly into the path of Luiz Fernando. Fernando just needed a well-placed shot to net his first goal of the season. Steel FC were able to level the score in the 52nd minute from a free kick opportunity scored by Aaron Jones.
FC Cincinnati fell behind the Tampa Bay Rowdies by two goals from Martin Paterson and Joe Cole Thursday night before an hour and a half lightning delay just before the end of the first half. Cincinnati was only able to manage five shots on target from 13 total shots. With the loss, it ended their four match unbeaten streak in USL play and six games overall.
Richmond are back on the road next Saturday as they travel to the Harrisburg City Islanders at 7:00 p.m. This match will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and the USL Match Center. The Kickers return to City Stadium Wednesday, July 19 as they host Swansea City AFC from the English Premier League in an international friendly presented by Virginia Credit Union. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at RichmondKickers.com.
Richmond: Lesotho international forward Sunny Jane (#10) picked up his first assist of 2017 in the Kickers 1-1 draw at Bethlehem Steel FC. The former Maryland Terrapin is in his second season with Richmond after scoring five goals and adding one assist in 26 appearances in 2016. Forward Luiz Fernando (#71) scored his first goal of the 2017 season in last Saturday’s draw at Bethlehem. The Brazilian joined Richmond just prior to the 2016 season where he made 24 appearances and scored on two occasions and added an assist. Canadian international defender Mallan Roberts (#15) has played every minute of every match for Richmond in 2017. Roberts spent the 2016 season on loan to then-NASL Ottawa Fury FC from FC Edmonton, where he made 22 appearances, before signing with the Kickers this past offseason.
Cincinnati: Leading Cincinnati in scoring in 2017, forward Djiby Fall (#9) has eight goals in 11 appearances since joining the club this season. Fall spent the 2016-17 season with FC Irtysh Pavlodar in Kazakhstan where he had two goals in 25 appearances. Forward Danni König (#11) made a midseason move to Cincinnati where he has amassed four goals in 13 appearances this season. König was previously with Oklahoma City Energy FC where he had 26 goals in 58 appearances in just over two seasons. The ninth overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire and the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year, defender Austin Berry (#22) enters his second season with FC Cincinnati, wearing the captain’s armband. The University of Louisville product spent four seasons in MLS, with two seasons at both the Chicago Fire and the Philadelphia Union, before going on loan to FC Anyang in South Korea in 2015.