The following comes directly from the Richmond Kickers:
RICHMOND, VA – (Friday, June 23, 2017) – The Richmond Kickers (2-7-5) host the Charlotte Independence (4-3-4) for the first time in 2017 and Summer Fest, presented by Sticks Kabob Shop and Bounce 2 the Moon this Saturday. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, splash zone, RVA food trucks and over 15 craft beers on tap. Then, at 7 p.m. the Kickers take on the Independence.
Saturday’s match will be the eighth meeting between the Kickers and the Independence, with Charlotte holding a slight 2-3-2 edge over Richmond. The two clubs met on three occasions in 2016, with Charlotte besting the Kickers in two of the three matches, with the third being a scoreless draw. Charlotte hosted Richmond on April 22, 2016, where Sunny Jane score his first goal with the Kickers as Matthew Delicâte scored his last career goal, but Richmond fell to a late penalty call 2-3. It would be the Independence to host the Kickers in the second meeting of 2016 on June 18, as a Caleb Calvert goal was enough to decide the close affair. The Kickers played host to the Independence September 14, this time neither team could find the back of the net, with that one ending in a scoreless draw. The Kickers are currently undefeated at City Stadium against the Independence, with a record of 2-0-1.
Richmond comes into Saturday’s match against Charlotte off the heels of a dramatic 1-1 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies last Saturday. Marcel Schäfer found the back of the net from a free kick opportunity in the 64th minute, with the help of a deflection in the Kickers wall. Franck Tayou leveled the score late into stoppage time of his debut with the team, scoring on a volley just before the final whistle, ending a two-match scoring drought for Richmond.
The Independence hit the road for the first time since opening their new venue at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Their first match in their new home was a 2-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders last Saturday. Jorge Herrera opened the scoring for Charlotte in the 13th minute from a free kick. Alex Martinez doubled the home team’s lead in the 62nd minute, assisted by Jorge Herrera.
Richmond hits the road for three straight matches following Saturday’s encounter with Charlotte. First up, the Kickers will head to take on the Bethlehem Steel FC for a 5pm kickoff July 1. This match will be available to stream live from the USL Match Center. The Kickers will return to City Stadium Wednesday, July 19 for a friendly match against Swansea City AFC of the Premier League.