Unlike their MLS affiliate, the Richmond Kickers are currently undefeated in league play, third on the table on overall points, and second in the table in points per game. And tonight they put that nine game streak on the line against the Wilmington Hammerheads, the first team that the Kickers will have played twice this season. The Kickers went down to Wilmington for their only road game of the season thus far and came away with a 2-0 victory; United fans will remember it as the site of Michael Seaton's first professional goal.
Since their last meeting, the only two wins Wilmington has managed to put together were a win against the Austin Aztex in the US Open Cup and a win against Phoenix FC in league play. They are also coming off of a midweek loss in Harrisburg to the City Islanders before coming down to Richmond for today's game. The way the Kickers are playing this year, this is a game that they should win and a game that they need to win to keep pace with Orlando City and Harrisburg at the top of the league.
Venue: City Stadium, Richmond, Va.
Time: 7:00 pm
Predicted lineup: While rookie Ryan Jones performed well in his first ever start, Andrew Dykstra will reclaim the starting spot in goal. In front of him will be William Yomby and Henry Kalungi, with Taylor Kemp and Juan Arbelaez wide. Luke Vercollone and Mike Callahan will hold down defensive midfield, with Brian Ownby, Joseph Ngwenya, and Nate Robinson in attacking midfield. Casey Townsend will start up top.
Result: The Kickers should take care of business, so I like another 2-0 victory over the Hammerheads.
What are you drinking? I won't be able to find it down here, but you should try and get some of the new DC Brau: The Tradition, brewed specifically for D.C. United. If you had some today, give us a review!
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