Virginia Beach City FC (VB City FC) traveled just two hours up interstate 64 to take on the United Soccer League’s Richmond Kickers Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup. While the Kickers are no strangers to the competition, having won it in just two decades ago, VB City FC were entering new territory in the sides second season of existence.
Coming into their third match in a week’s span (defeating A.C. Connecticut in USOC and FC Fredrick in league play) VB City FC were still trying to identify their scoring threat at the forward position. VB City managed just three shots on goal during the 90 minutes of play. Despite allowing 2 goals in the second half, the part time players held their ground for a large portion of the game. Wearing blue and being overly physical with such a defensive prowess was something I expected to see on Saturday morning on NBCSN, but it was a bunch of college kids who stood strong in the face of the ever attacking Kickers the entire night.
The stalemate wasn’t going to last forever, and Richmond went up early in the second half off a deflection. Virginia Beach was not done fighting and had two late chances in the second half, but Kickers goalkeeper Ryan Taylor halted all hopes of Virginia pushing the match into extra time, especially with the River City Red Army’s support. In the 90th minute Richmond sealed the victory with a beautiful diving header from Jason Yeisley. Richmond will now host Jacksonville Armada in the Third Round on Wednesday May 27th.
NPSL Mid-Atlantic Round Up
Four of the six clubs that make up the NPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference were in action this past weekend, VA Legacy 76 were defeated by Chesterfield United FC 3-1 in front of 800 fans in Williamsburg, VA. Legacy 76 pulled even at 1-1 in the 36th minute but fell behind again just six minutes later before heading to half. Chesterfield put another one in the net before heading back to Richmond with a 3-1 victory.
VB City FC took on FC Fredrick of Maryland in the sides first ever NPSL match. It was a rainy Sunday evening at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, clearly hampering this fickle city to see the home side. The rain was not the only issue as the visitors delayed kick off time by showing up just 30 minutes before the star. VB City dominated the match, winning 3-1 to pull even in the standings with Chesterfield.
ASA Charge and Fredericksburg FC continue their offseason for another week, while VB City travels to Chesterfield, and Legacy 76 and FC Fredrick prepare for their May 30th matchup.