It took 80 minutes for the Kickers to deliver, but deliver they did for nearly 6,000 home fans at City Stadium. Rochester came out expecting pressure from Richmond, a team trying to salvage a season where they’ll miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Scoring help came from an unlikely source. Travis Worra, who’s been dynamic for Richmond since joining the team on loan from D.C. United, earned his first assist of the season with a long ball over the Rochester back line.
In a match that didn’t see many chances, the Rhinos elected to absorb Richmond pressure and disrupt play up the middle of the field. Rochester is firmly in the playoff picture, but not a lock. The week prior they’d lost to Louisville City FC and haven’t won a game in their last four matches.
The break out came in the 80th minute. Coach Leigh Cowlishaw elected to make three substitutes, including bringing on target man Mikey Minutillo up top for Oliver Minatel. A pass back to Worra saw him under pressure from Jochen Graff. He dribbled to the top of the box and sent in MInutillo with a ball over the top. Minutillo fought off defender Sergio Campbell and sidefooted a shot past keeper Dan Lynd, earning his second goal of the season.
The 1-0 win is Richmond’s third in five games. Their final home match of the season is Sunday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m against Orlando City B. The Kickers organization is on track to break previous attendance records, averaging 4,500 fans per game. Richmond ranks 11th of 30 USL teams in average attendance and has grown ticket sales for four consecutive years.
This year’s campaign doesn’t end at City Stadium. The Kickers’ final two games are on the road against St. Louis FC and Louisville City FC.