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RICHMOND, Va. – (Saturday, July 6, 2018) – The Richmond Kickers (4-9-2) will hit the road and travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to face Penn FC (5-4-7) from FNB Field for the second time this season on Monday, July 9 at 7 p.m. The match is available on the Kickers Official Television Partners, WTVR CBS 6 on their 6.3 sub channel (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and can be streamed live on ESPN+.
In the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup earlier this year, Richmond and Penn FC squared off from City Stadium. The Kickers advanced with a 3-2 win behind a brace from Luiz Fernando and a game-winner from Heviel Cordovés in the 83rd minute. A few weeks later on June 12, the two squads met again in league play with Penn FC coming out on top 2-1. Cordovés scored the only goal for the Kickers with a header off a corner kick in the 90th minute. Richmond holds a significant edge in the all-time series with a record of 20-7-9 since the teams began meeting in 2006.
The Kickers will be coming off over a week of rest after playing their last game on June 30 against North Carolina FC. In David Bulow’s debut, Richmond jumped out to an early 1-0 lead behind the one-time volley from Heviel Cordovés. Scott Thomsen picked up his first assist of the year on the play. However, in the second half, North Carolina FC scored three unanswered goals. Austin da Luz’s header in the 62nd minute gave them the 2-1 lead, and Ulrich Ewolo’s goal from the penalty spot sealed the deal in stoppage time.
Penn FC played the first game in four games, picking up a 3-2 win over in-state rivals Bethlehem Steel FC Friday night. Steel FC got on the board after 17 minutes. Three minutes later Frederick Opoku got the home side back into the match. Lucky Mkosana netted his team-high six goal of the season in the 25th minute. An assist from Mkosana set up the third goal for Penn in the 55th minute from Isaac Osae. A penalty for Steel FC in the 82nd minute was not enough, as Penn walked away with all three points.
Following Monday’s match, the Kickers return to action on the road as they travel to MSU Soccer Park to face New York Red Bulls II Friday, July 13. That match will be available to stream online through ESPN+.
Richmond: Forward Heviel Cordovés (#16) has continued to find the scoring touch, tallying his fourth goal of the season last Saturday against North Carolina FC. Cordovés has also scored in both of the prior games against Penn FC this year. Midfielder Neil Hlavaty (#7) started his fourth game of the season on Saturday. Hlavaty played an integral role from the middle of the pitch against North Carolina FC, leading the team with 70 touches and 63 passes. Goalkeeper Travis Worra (#48) collected three saves last match. Worra is now 11th in the USL with 41 saves.
Penn: Forward Lucky Mkosana (#77) leads Penn FC with six goals this season. The Zimbabwean has become a force for the Penn attack in his first year in the USL. Midfielder Richard Menjivar (#14) is a big playmaker from the center of the pitch, leading Penn FC with three assists. Like Mkosana, Menjivar is in his first year with Penn FC after coming over from the New York Cosmos. Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser (#1) has racked up three clean sheets in the 2018 season. Peiser has been a big part of Penn FC’s recent run.