May 23, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Richmond Kickers game preview (from

Know your Opponent: Richmond Kickers
May 22, 2017
4:22PM EDT
Adam Krueger

Toronto FC II battles the Richmond Kickers in an afternoon affair on Wednesday. To get you set 
here is everything you need to know about the Richmond Kickers:

2017 Season:

The Kickers have not had a great start to their 2017 campaign. Richmond currently sits 
in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 2-3-4. A lack of goal scoring 
has plagued the Kickers so far. The team has scored just five goals this season, which is tied 
for the second least in the league.

Current Form:  DDDLW
Draw at Rochester Rhinos (1-1)
Draw vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (0-0)
Draw vs. FC Cincinnati (1-1)
Loss at Tampa Bay Rowdies (1-0)
Win vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-1)

Last time we met: 

The Kickers were victorious (4-0) in the latest meeting between the two clubs in July of 2016. 
All-time the Reds are 2-3-0 against the Kickers. Both victories for the Reds came at the OSC.

Key Player: Fred Owusu Sekyere

The Ghanaian midfielder is in his third season with the Kickers. The former VCU Ram has 
made nine appearances for the Kickers and has created a team-leading eleven chances, recording 
one assist. Sekyere has made 281 passes at a 64.1% completion rate. 

Unsung Hero: Matt Turner

The native of Park Ridge, New Jersey is in his second season with Richmond on loan from 
the New England Revolution. Turner signed with the Revolution after a successful pre-season 
trial in 2016. The keeper made seven appearances for Richmond last season. This year, 
Turner has made seven starts and recorded one clean sheet. Turner has made 20 saves 
in those seven starts.

Canadian Content:

The Richmond roster features two Canucks: Keeper Marcel DeBellis and defender Mallan Roberts. 

DeBellis has yet to make an appearance for the Kickers. The Oakville, native is in his first 
season with Richmond after spending the last three seasons with the Ottawa Fury in the NASL.

On the other hand, Roberts has played every minute of the Kickers season so far. The native 
of Edmonton is in his first season with the Kickers following four years with FC Edmonton. 
Roberts made his Canadian National Team debut in 2015 in a World Cup qualifying match 
against Dominica.

Projected Lineup:

Richmond has played in a 4-4-1-1 formation this season. With the team playing a match 
in Rochester on Sunday, expect some level of squad rotation on Wednesday. 

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