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Gameday Previews - Saturday, August 6

By Staff, 08/06/22, 1:15PM EDT


Four matches close out Week 19

Richmond Kickers vs. FC Tucson

Venue: City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 84°
Hashtag: #RICvTUC

The Richmond Kickers (9-6-4, 2nd) will be just as hungry to claim a win as visiting FC Tucson (3-9-4, 11th) as a Richmond win will further set up an exciting Week 20 matchup with table-topping Greenville. Saturday's meeting is certainly a tale of two sides as Richmond sit at second with a two-match winning streak and Tucson remain at the bottom of the table without a win in its last five. Yet to concede a goal against Tucson, a win for the Kickers would confirm the first sweep of the season.

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.

TUC - Louis Perez: Tied for the fourth-most assists in the league with five, Tucson's French midfielder has proven to be a solid addition to their squad.

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC vs. Greenville Triumph SC

Venue: CHI Memorial Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms, 87°
Hashtag: #CHAvGVL

A pivotal match between Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (7-8-4, 6th) and Greenville Triumph SC (9-5-5, 1st) will see the Red Wolves aim to jump back into the top three and Triumph SC extend its lead at the top of the table. Both have been in good form as of late, picking up a combined eight points in each of their last five outings. The Red Wolves will hope to avoid the season sweep as Triumph SC has picked up a pair of 1-0 victories in their two prior meetings.

CHA - Juan Galindrez: The Red Wolves' big Colombian striker is tied for third in the league with eight scores so far. He's been goalless in his last three and the Red Wolves need his help to continue their way up their table.

GVL - Jacob Labovitz: Nominated for Player of the Month, Labovitz exploded for a league-high six goals across six matches in July. The first-year professional registered one hat trick, one brace, one assist, one match-winning goal and sent eight shots on frame.

Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC

Venue: Severance High School; Severance, Colo.
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84°
Hashtag: #NCOvTRM

Following a 1-1 draw in June, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC (5-7-7, 9th) will face South Georgia Tormenta FC (7-5-6, 3rd) for the second time this season. Statistically, both teams are incredibly similar with Northern Colorado and South Georgia scoring 24 and 27 goals, respectively, to go along with 25 and 26 goals conceded, respectively. A win for Tormenta FC would be enough to shrink the gap between second and third in the table, and a win for the Hailstorm would potentially lift the expansion side into a playoff position.

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.

TRM - Kaziah Sterling: The former Tottenham Hotspur FC Academy man is having a career renaissance in Statesboro with more combined goals and assists in just 13 matches this season than any other season of his career. Sterling propelled South Georgia to an impressive win over Greenville last week with a one-goal, one-assist performance.

Central VAlley Fuego FC vs. Union Omaha

Venue: Fresno State Soccer Stadium; Fresno, Calif.
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Sunny, 93°
Hashtag: #CVvOMA

Central Valley Fuego FC (6-7-5, 8th) will host Union Omaha (5-2-9, 7th) for the first time on Saturday evening after falling to the Owls in Omaha by three goals in April. Although Omaha is riding an impressive seven-match unbeaten streak, the Owls and Fuego FC have picked up seven and six points in their last five, respectively.

CV - Ofek Antman: The Israeli 'keeper has been a big part in Fuego FC's relatively successful start to the League One campaign. Antman is four saves shy of most in the league and is tied for the third-most clean sheets with five.

OMA - Rashid Nuhu: Depsite playing the fewest matches as a club, Omaha's Nuhu has continued his stellar form from a season ago as he hold a commanding lead in the Golden Boot race.

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