After a week off, the Richmond Kickers are back in action with two games this weekend: the first tonight, against the Wilmington Hammerheads, and the second tomorrow night, against the Charlotte Eagles. For those of you unfamiliar with USL Pro, each team typically gets between 3 and 5 of these weekends per season, which are done to help reduce travel costs; to compensate, USL Pro teams are allowed 5 subs per game.The Hammerheads have struggled to start the season, earning three points from three games and with their only points coming against league bottom dweller Antigua Barracuda FC.
Either of these games could mark the professional debut of Michael Seaton, who is back from his stint with the Jamaican U-17 national team and who would mark the youngest player in Kickers history. And with two games back to back, it is more than possible that Seaton could see significant minutes. With D.C. United off this weekend, the Kickers will have their full complement of loanees.
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Legion Stadium, Wilmington, NC
Streaming: As always, all USL Pro games are streamed live, with tonight's game being no exception. Games are also available on demand.
Projected lineup: This is the time in the season where projections get a little iffy, as coach Leigh Cowlishaw must balance multiple games per weekend. However, I expect that Andrew Dykstra will start in goal, with Taylor Kemp, Conor Shanosky, William Yomby, and Alex Lee in front of him. Central midfield will be Mike Callahan and Luke Vercollone, with Brian Ownby and Jason Yeisley wide and with Joseph Ngwenya playing attacking midfield/second forward. Casey Townsend should start as the lead striker.
Prediction: With the Hammerheads at home, I don't think Richmond will get another 4-1 victory; however, I do think that they could pull out a 2-1 win on the road before coming back to the friendly confines of City Stadium.
What are you drinking? I'm currently moving into a new apartment, so who knows if I'll watch this game live or later. But expect a beer of some sort.
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