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March to the Match: Richmond Kickers

WHO:

Richmond Kickers, 8-15-8, 32 points, 14th place Eastern Conference

WHAT:

Louisville City’s last regular season match!

WHEN:

Saturday, October 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

WATCH:

Live and in person is preferable. Here’s a link for tickets if you don’t already have some.

TV: WBNA-21     Radio: 840 WHAS     Stream: YouTube

WHO, AGAIN?

We’ll never let Richmond live down what Mike Callahan did to Guy Abend’s knee more than two years ago. Even though Callahan doesn’t play anymore, we’re still pretty sure he’s teaching the Kickers youth academy kids to take the club’s monkier seriously and judo the hell out of opposing players’ various cruciate ligaments.

As for the team that actually plays on the field for Richmond, this season went…poorly. The Kickers started out fairly brightly but quickly delved into a season-long battle to avoid being worse than Toronto FC II. They won that battle, eventually, but lost the greater war in the USL East. Richo only scored 23 goals the entire season, won two of their 15 away matches, and their leading goalscorer has found the back of the net just four times all season. He hasn’t played in a while, either.

Three points would assure City a home game in the USL Cup final, should they qualify, against anyone but Real Monarchs, so there’s that to consider. Richmond’s only performance incentive is to maybe finish above St. Louis in the table, which would be very, very sad for STL. Naturally, I don’t expect City to turn in a lackaday performance on Saturday night because that’s the sort of thing that results in James O’Connor declaring martial law in advance of City’s opening playoff match against [TEAM TBD]. You don’t want that. Bruce Willis doesn’t want that. Nobody wants that.

In the end, this game should be fun. Louisville City should win. Hopefully we see some guys get a little run that we don’t necessarily see often. Hopefully no one gets hurt. Although I wouldn’t put it past that devious a-hole Mike Callahan.

Red Team Sucks, Come On City.