A pivotal first match in Severance, Colo. will see Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (5-6-7, 9th) have a chance to jump as high as fifth place and the Richmond Kickers (8-6-4, 2nd) be able to shrink the gap between first and second place. Both of the aforementioned possibilities are contingent on a win which has only been done once by either side in their last three matches. Recently transferred and current Kickers forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker will have his first crack at his former club as the 27-year-old scored his only goal for the Hailstorm against Richmond on April 9. Overall, Northern Colorado has yet to best the Kickers, accumulating a 0-1-1 record in two previous meetings this season.
NCO - Arthur Rogers: Rogers recorded his sixth assist in a 1-1 draw with Madison last Saturday to go along with his two chances created, 80% passing accuracy and four recoveries. In the six matches in which Rogers has recorded an assist, the Hailstorm have gone 3-1-2.
RIC - Nil Vinyals: In addition to completing 100% of his dribbles, 100% of his long balls, 85% of his passes and 75% of his crosses, Vinyals went off in stoppage time for the Kickers last week, assisting Emiliano Terzaghi’s equalizing goal two minutes into stoppage time before setting up Dakota Barnathan’s winner three minutes later.