Coming off of their third loss of the season on Wednesday night, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Eagles, Orlando City SC must regather themselves for a quick turnaround, as the defending USL PRO champions take on the defending Commissioner’s Cup (Regular Season) in a ‘Clash of Champions’, they’re calling it, on Saturday night at City Stadium, in Richmond, Virginia.
Tonight’s game will be the first of two regular season meeting between the two teams — the season game will take place on September, and as the final game of the regular season, could very likely decide the regular season champions.
“It’s obviously going to be a huge game for us,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “The Regular Season is not going to be won or lost this weekend, but if we were to win the game, it would go a long way in helping us achieve what we’re trying to do.”
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Location: City Stadium, in Richmond, VA
Kick-Off: 7:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: YouTube.com/RichmondKickers
Richmond Kickers (13-1-10), 49 points, 2nd place
The Kickers are returning back to Richmond for their final home game of the season, coming off of a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Dayton Dutch Lions. Due to mid-week results around the league, Richmond has already clinched home-field for their first playoff game.
As the Lions continue to struggle on the road and down the stretch this season, with Richmond trailing by just three points in the USL PRO standings, tonight’s game will mean a lot for the Kickers, who are looking for the second straight regular season crown.
Richmond is the only team in the league with just one loss this season, and have been the biggest threat to make this is a failed championship run for Orlando City.
Orlando City SC (16-3-4), 52 points, 1st place
Orlando comes in getting ready to play the second game of this three-game road trip, and are trying to follow up a loss to the Eagles on Wednesday night. There is no other way to put it, the Lions played poorly once again against Charlotte — I don’t know what it is, but they just don’t have success on the road, it seems.
With injuries pulling up and the team’s depth quickly running low, the Loins will be lucky to have their two new Benfica youth signings joining them in Richmond tonight. The two players, Rafael Ramos and Estrela, are available for selection after signing multi-year deals earlier this month.