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Match Previews - 5.20.2023

By Staff, 05/20/23, 3:45PM EDT


Pair of first-time meetings headline four-match Saturday slate

Greenville Triumph SC vs. One Knoxville SC

Venue: Paladin Stadium; Greenville, S.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms, 75°
Hashtag: #GVLvKNX
Series (First Meeting): N/A (2023)

After sitting at the bottom of the table for most of April, Greenville Triumph SC (3-4-1, 6th) has a real shot of finishing the weekend in second place with a win over One Knoxville SC (3-3-2, 5th) and a few other results going its way. Still, the same thing can be said of One Knox, who can also finish the weekend in second with a potential six-point Week 10. The first meeting between the sides will see Triumph SC's all-time leading scorer, Jake Keegan, return to Greenville for the first time since departing over the offseason.


GVL - Brandon Fricke: The 31-year-old defender became the third player in league history to score in all five seasons with his 27th-minute score on Saturday and was named to the Team of the Week.

KNX - Jake Keegan: The second-highest goalscorer in league history scored his second goal in as many matches on Tuesday to push his 2023 total to four.


GVL: F - Leo Castro (probable, injury), F - Venton Evans (out), D - Noah Franke (out, injury), D - Jamie Smith (out, injury), M - Aaron Walker (questionable)

KNX: M - Angelo Kelly-Rosales (out, suspension), D - James Thomas (out, injury)

Richmond Kickers vs. Lexington SC

Venue: City Stadium; Richmond, Va.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78°
Hashtag: #RICvLEX
Series (First Meeting): N/A (2023)

In another first-time meeting in Week 10, expansion side Lexington SC (2-4-1, 10th) will travel to City Stadium to face the Richmond Kickers (2-2-4, 8th) on Saturday evening. The Kickers are coming off of a disappointing loss to North Carolina FC on Wednesday in which Richmond squandered a 2-0 lead, while Lexington are still reeling from a dramatic victory over Charlotte last week.


RIC - Nathan Aune: Aune scored his second goal in three matches and helped the Kickers erase a two-goal deficit against Greenville in the second half last week.

LEX - Amal Knight: The Jamaica international registered his first League One clean sheet with six saves, one of which was a massive penalty save in stoppage time to secure the Lexington victory and recognition as Player of the Week.


RIC: D - Dakota Barnathan (questionable, injury), F - Ethan Vanacore-Decker (out, injury), M - Nil Vinyals (questionable, injury)

LEX: None reported

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC vs. Union Omaha

Venue: CHI Memorial Stadium; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms, 75°
Hashtag: #CHAvOMA
Series (First Meeting): 3-2-2, CHA (2020)

Just one of two current League One clubs that Union Omaha (2-1-3, 9th) has a losing record against, the Owls will look to even up the all-time series with Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (2-4-1, 11th) on Saturday evening at CHI Memorial Stadium. After going 2-0-1 against the Red Wolves during the 2022 regular season, the Owls fell to Chattanooga in extra time of the quarterfinals of the 2022 League One Playoffs but look to have the upper hand this time around against a struggling Red Wolves side.


CHA - Aaron LombardiThe defender is tied for the team lead in chances created with eight but will need to help his side limit goals allowed.

OMA - Noe Meza: Meza is enjoying a special sophomore season, leading the Owls in goals with three and shots per 90 minutes with 3.4.


CHA: M - Christian Enriquez (out, injury), M - Yahir Paez (out, injury), M - Andrew Paoli (out, injury), D - Richard Rentería (out, eligibility)

OMA: D - Stefan Mueller (questionable, injury)

Central Valley Fuego FC vs. South Georgia TOrmenta FC

Venue: Fresno State Soccer Stadium; Fresno, Calif.
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
Weather: Partly cloudy, 89°
Hashtag: #CVvTRM
Series (First Meeting): 2-1-0, TRM (2022)

Following a big 4-0 win for Central Valley Fuego FC (1-5-1, 12th) in its first meeting with South Georgia Tormenta FC (4-4-0, 3rd), Central Valley has failed to score a goal against South Georgia in two subsequent meetings. Fuego FC is riding a four-match losing streak and the second-longest scoreless streak in league history, while Tormenta FC has been heating up with two wins in its last three contests. This one has the potential to be a bit one-sided.


CV - Billy Forbes: Fuego FC will look to new signee Billy Forbes to increase its scoring production. The 32-year-old USL Championship and NASL veteran is the Turks and Caicos Islands' all-time leading scorer.

TRM - Jackson Khoury: The young Australian has delivered in his first season in Statesboro, leading his side with three goals and two assists.


CV: D - Abdul Cromwell (out, suspension)

TRM: M - Kingsford Adjei (questionable, injury), M - Matheus Cassini (out, injury), M - Pedro Fonseca (questionable, injury), F - Kazaiah Sterling (questionable, injury),

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