Richmond, VA – (Wednesday, June 8, 2011) – The Richmond Kickers travel to Belson Stadium, on the campus of St. John’s University, this Sunday, June 12 to take on FC New York at 7:30 p.m. The Kickers return home to Richmond City Stadium two days later to host the Dayton Dutch Lions in the First Round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Avoid lines at the gate and click and print tickets in advance at RichmondKickers.com.
“June will prove to be a busy and entertaining month as we compete both in regular season and U.S. Open Cup games,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Head Coach and Director of Soccer. “Fortunately, our squad is close to full strength as Henry Kalungi returns from International duty with Uganda and Mike Callahan and Gerson dos Santos are nearing full fitness. New York will be a tough start as they have performed exceptionally well in their last few games.”
The Kickers return to regular season action after the removal of the Puerto Rico Soccer League teams from the 2011 schedule left the Kickers with a two-week midseason break. The Kickers and FC New York swap home field advantage this Sunday, having last met in Richmond on May 28. Despite leading on two occasions, the Kickers were unable to seal a victory over their National Division opponents last month, who rallied behind a pair of Graciano Brito tallies to earn a 2-2 draw.
After going 1-5-2 to start the season, FC New York has since gone undefeated, claiming their second win of their inaugural USL PRO campaign on May 30 over USL PRO powerhouse Rochester Rhinos. Four days later, they handed the Charleston Battery a 1-1 draw, with Brito proving to be the hero once again with the second half equalizer.
Recently bursting onto the scoring scene, Brito resides in third place in the league in the goals scored category, having registered five goals in his last six appearances. Kickers prolific goal-scorer Matthew Delicâte continues to hold second place with six goals and tops USL PRO in the points category with 15.
U.S. Open Cup
The Richmond Kickers return to Richmond City Stadium next Tuesday, June 14 to host the Dayton Dutch Lions in the First Round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at 7:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the Second Round to take on the winner of the Chattanooga FC (NPSL) versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds game on Tuesday, June 21 at a location to be determined.
Richmond Kickers regular admission prices will apply for the First Round match on June 14. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth ages 3-17. Avoid lines at the gate and click and print your tickets in advance at RichmondKickers.com. Richmond Kickers Season Passes, Coach Passes and Youth Pro Passes will be accepted for this match.
Kick for the Cure
Join the Kickers in the fight against breast cancer at Kick for the Cure Night, presented by HCA Virginia, on Friday, June 17. The Kickers pro players will wear custom pink jerseys for the match against the Harrisburg City Islanders, that will auctioned during the game, with proceeds directly benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Central Virginia. The pro soccer game will kick off at 7:00 p.m., with the silent jersey auction beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Richmond City Stadium.
Kickers Pink Packs are available for just $40 and include four general admission tickets and four limited edition pink Kickers t-shirts. The Kickers will donate $10 from each Pink Pack directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Central Virginia. Kickers Pink Packs are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.