TFC II have been in a slump as of late. Three straight losses, and a frustrating loss to rivals FC Montreal on Wednesday that saw the club move nine points away from a club that started the season with fewer points than what they accumulated in their last four matches.
Now, TFC II face an opponent they have yet to face in the Richmond Kickers. The Kickers sit in fourth place in the East with a 8-5-9 record.
Who Are the Richmond Kickers?
The Richmond Kickers were founded in 1993 and competed in the original USL. The club has been up and down the former USL second division, and was one of the 12 original clubs when the USL PRO was created in 2011.
The club has an affiliation with MLS side DC United, meaning the club can send players on loan to Richmond to help gain more match play.
In terms of stats, the Kickers sit in eighth in total goals this season, mostly due to the fact that striker Jason Yiesley, who has almost half of those goals. The club also sits in ninth with total goals allowed, giving up 30 goals in 22 games.
The Kickers are coming off a week break, but for that, the club played back-to-back games last Saturday and Sunday. They were unable to get the win against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday, losing 3-2. Then they played less than 24 hours later and were able to earn a draw with East leading Rochester Rhinos.
Looking to Get Back to Winning Ways
TFC II may be on a three game losing streak, but the team is still looking for positives from the losses. When asked about what can they take out of this losing streak, head coach Jason Bent said that having everyone play and allowing the younger players the opportunity to play against veteran players, is always a key part to the team.
In should be known that the club has had players away, having five in the starting XI away with the Canadian U-23 team in mid-July and have had players like Chris Mannella, Quillan Roberts, Alex Bono and Jordan Hamilton all move up to the first team for experince.
The young Reds will have an added boast today with the addition of Toronto FC homegrown talent Jay Chapman making his return to the TFC II squad, after being left out of the Toronto FC team that is in New York facing the Red Bulls.
You can watch the game live on torontofc.ca/live at 3:00 PM EST.