FC Cincinnati returns from their Florida road trip for a showdown with the Richmond Kickers at Nippert Stadium on Sunday. The Orange and Blue will be looking for maximum points after losing 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Thursday.
These two teams last met for a 1-1 stalemate in early May in Virginia. Jimmy McLaughlin rescued a draw after Richmond went up a goal in the first half.
Simply put, Richmond is struggling this season. They sit second from bottom in the Eastern Conference and have only two wins this season. They haven’t won any matches since they played FC Cincinnati over two months ago.
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- FC Cincinnati and Richmond have met three times in 2016 and 2017 and each match has ended in a 1-1 draw.
- With ten goals this season, Richmond has scored the second fewest goals in the 30 team USL. Only Toronto FC II has fewer with nine. FC Cincinnati’s defense should be eyeing a clean sheet in this match.
- Harrison Delbridge is injured with an ab strain and his outlook for return is day-to-day. He leads the team in duels won* with 103, which is 29 more duels won than any other FCC player. FC Cincinnati lost both matches that Delbridge missed this season (away to Rochester and Tampa).
- The Kickers leading goalscorer, Alhaji Kamara, was owned by D.C. United and sold in late June to Al-Taawoun FC of the Saudi Professional League. Kamara had four goals in nine appearances for Richmond.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for more coverage of Sunday’s must-win match.
*Duels – A duel is an 50-50 contest between two players of opposing sides in the match. For every Duel Won there is a corresponding Duel Lost depending on the outcome of the Duel. More on Opta Stats