Richmond Kickers: Roster Breakdown Part 2 with Asst. Coach Mika Elovaara

The attacking threat - breaking down the second half of Richmond Kickers' initial player signings for the USL League One 2020 season. In the lead up to the Richmond Kickers announcing new Sporting Director and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky, I spoke with Assistant Coach Mika Elovaara on the club's initial roster moves. If you missed the first part of the discussion you can find that here - Part 1....

Richmond Kickers: Roster Breakdown Part 1 with Asst. Coach Mika Elovaara

The Richmond Kickers announced an initial group of 12 returning players for the 2020 USL League One season. A look player by player with Mika Elovaara. It's been a busy November for the Richmond Kickers. On November 5th, the club revealed that 12 players were being brought back for the 2020 season. On the heels of that announcement, the club named Darren Sawatzky as the next head coach. Sawatzky...

Richmond Kickers: GM Matt Spear Interview Part 2 – City Stadium, lessons learned and the club’s marketing vision

In Part 2, Richmond Kickers GM Matt Spear reflects on his first year at the club and looks ahead on the pitch, in the community and the future. In the first half of the interview, Matt Spear commented on the Richmond Kickers current search to fill the head coach position, the traits they are looking for, how they want to shape the squad in the years to come, and more. You can find that article...

Interview with Richmond Kickers’ GM Matt Spear – Head Coach Search and 2020 Roster Building

Year One is in the books for the new Richmond Kickers ownership group and general manager Matt Spear. We sat down to discuss where things stand in the search for the next head coach and how the process to rebuild the roster is going. It's been less than 12 months since 22 Holdings LLC became the owners of the Richmond Kickers. The announcement came along with the introduction of new General...

Richmond Kickers: Roster Evaluation – Who Stays and Who Goes? (Part 3)

In the final part of the Richmond Kickers roster evaluation series, a look at striker and summarize the club's off-season needs in this scenario. If you've missed the first two parts which analyzed the Richmond Kickers' keepers, defenders, and midfielders you can find those here - Part 1 & Part 2. We've been using a 4-2-3-1 formation and two-deep depth chart. However, it is a safe bet that...

Richmond Kickers: Roster Evaluation – Who Stays and Who Goes? (Part 2)

In Part 2 we look at the defensive and attacking midfielders that made up the bulk of the Richmond Kickers roster. Who did enough to warrant a spot in 2020? In Part 1, I set up the process being used here, a few disclaimers, and reviewed the 2019 goalkeepers and defenders. If you missed that article, start here. As a reminder, we are using a 4-2-3-1 formation and focusing on a two-deep depth...

Richmond Kickers: Roster Evaluation – Who Stays and Who Goes? (Part 1)

It's time to put on your General Manager hat as we start to think through the process of building the 2020 Richmond Kickers roster. The 2019 USL League One season is in the books, and congratulations to North Texas SC for becoming the inaugural champions. The league was full of variety in year one - independent organizations like the Richmond Kickers, clubs with ties to MLS and USL Championship...

Richmond Kickers 10: Season Finale – Part 2

In Part Two of this piece we look at late-season form, Richmond Kickers' team stats, if individual stat leaders were consistent, a 2019 Best XI and questions for the off-season. If you missed part one of this piece, covering the final two matches of the Richmond Kickers season, Braeden Troyer's impact, and the attendance vs. City Stadium you can find that here. Note: The five segments below...

Richmond Kickers 10: Season Finale – Part 1

The Richmond Kickers closed out 2019 in style, sending off a club stalwart. But as the USL League One Playoffs begin, Richmond turns towards the off-season. Note: As one might expect, looking back at the season can often lengthen an article. Thus I've broken this into two parts. This first piece will focus on the Richmond Kickers' final two matches of the season, Braeden Troyer's impact, the...

Richmond Kickers 10: The Playoffs Dream Ends in the Desert

Following a tough loss at home, the Richmond Kickers headed to Tucson knowing that only a win would keep any hopes of the postseason alive. 1) The Situation. The stage was set. Three points had been lost at home to Forward Madison and nearly ended Richmond's season. Now, having traveled to Tucson, Coach Bulow and the entire Kickers team knew going into the match that anything other than three...