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Richmond Kickers 1-3 Columbus Crew SC: Kickers can't muster enough firepower

With some regulars out, the Kickers couldn't muster enough strength to beat Columbus Crew SC.

Pattie Anderson

With Leigh Cowlishaw resting some of his starters, and others injured, the Richmond Kickers fell to the Columbus Crew 3-1 in US Open Cup play. George Davis IV, Matthew Delicate, Jason Yeisley, and Alex Lee all started on the bench, while Brian Ownby was out with an injury. In a creative move, Cowlishaw started defensive midfielder Mike Callahan as his second striker, whose terrier nature actually put in a decent stretch up front.

The scoring opened in the 18th minute, with Ben Speas whipping in a cross that Adam Bedell got onto to push pass Ryan Taylor. Just five minutes later, the Kickers responded directly off of a free kick; Fred Owusu Sekyere whipped a low curling ball around the wall and just to the far post, eluding a diving Brad Stuver. However, a mere three minutes before halftime Columbus pulled away again through an unassisted Ethan Finlay goal

With the score 2-1 at half, Richmond actually controlled the first 10 minutes of the second period. Mike Callahan ripped two shots off in quick succession, and they looked like they had the MLS team on the back foot. However, a final goal by the Columbus Crew took the wind out of the Kickers' sails. Columbus' next opponent will be drawn tomorrow, as the fifth round of the US Open Cup marches onwards.