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#GameDayEve Another Richmond Kickers Edition

by Marissa Blackman

Tomorrow, the Hammerheads play the Richmond Kickers, and I am so excited! There are some teams in USL that I watch simply because the Hammerheads are playing them, and there are other teams that I watch voluntarily. Richmond is one of the later. When the Hammerheads have bye weeks, I tune into Richmond games. I look forward to watching my top two favorite USL teams compete.

This is the third time Wilmington and Richmond play each other this season. The first game happened was in Wilmington. It was the first match of the season for both clubs, and it ended in a 2-2 draw. The second match happened in Richmond two weeks later, and the Kickers won 3-0.

Richmond are third in the table, and the Hammerheads are eleventh. Do I think that the Hammerheads are going to loose? Not necessarily. I am a firm believer that, with soccer, anything can happen. A team doesn't just appear in eleventh place, but that rank is not completely indicative of the club's ability. The Hammerheads are a decent team, a decent team with a few problems. The Hammerheads players themselves acknowledged several of those problems last week. If those problems are fixed, victory is not out of the question.

Richmond competed in the U.S. Open Cup against Columbus Crew on Wednesday. The Crew knocked the Kickers out of the competition with a 3-1 win. Brad Stuver, who was loaned to Wilmington Hammerheads FC towards the end of last season, was in goal for Columbus.

Although the Hammerheads didn't have any Open Cup action this week, the club won a scrimmage with NPSL side Myrtle Beach Mutiny.

The biggest news that has happened with Wilmington Hammerheads FC since the last game was also included in that "scrimmage" link. The Hammerheads traded Ashani Fairclough for Qudus Lawal from Seattle Sounders 2. Fairclough is the kind of great player you don't want to loose, but I definitely understand the reasoning behind the decision. Qudus Lawal is a goal scorer, and goals are desperately needed right now.

In addition to training and scrimmaging, the Hammerheads have also been having some fun this week. The club's official twitter account has pictures. The players have been conducting summer camps and bowling.

I eagerly await tomorrow's match.

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