Richmond Kickers are celebrating their 20th season of fielding soccer teams.
Their present to themselves: A sense of seriousness, as expressed by their new logo.
Teams at all levels of USL giving up basic wordmark logos for crests are proliferating, and Richmond is no exception. Their new logo is unorthodox, but classy. It reminds me of what we might’ve seen if the original NASL had gone the crest route in the 1970s.
Richmond continues to be a formidable foe, same as it ever was. They’ve only failed to make the postseason once in the past ten years, and have three championships from eight finals appearances.
Of course, we eliminated them in the American Division final last year in the playoffs. But they also beat us in our inaugural USL Pro game at City Stadium.
That is where we will try to exact our revenge tonight.
Chris Jones and Adam Soucie have their match previews. The Scoring Third is continuing to experiment with their visual preview.
Orlando City signed Rollins College graduate and Seminole County native Nick Sowers to the team yesterday.
Sowers, born in Longwood, played all four years of soccer at Lake Mary High, where he netted 36 goals and 32 assists. As a four-year player at Rollins, he moved from forward back to midfield in his sophomore season. He scored 16 goals and 15 assists, and was a regional Division II All-American this past year.
Sowers had a goal against Stetson during the preseason campaign. He joins Dennis Chin and fellow recent signee Justin Clark as Rollins players on Orlando City’s roster. Sowers and Clark played together all four years at Rollins.
Orlando City has several promotions coming up fans.
First, our April 28 home return match hosting Richmond Kickers is Faith and Family Night. It will be a night of Christian music, tables for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a post-match testimonial by former wrestler-turned-minister Marc Mero. Several major area churches are pushing attendance to this event. The Orlando Magic and Orlando Predators are having their own Faith and Family Nights as well.
Then, the Orlando City Soccer Foundation is sponsoring Youth Sports Day at Wet ‘n Wild. The water park will have a special day of operation on Sunday, May 6, with regular hours of 10am-5pm and special hours for YSD ticketholders of 5pm-8pm. You can purchase tickets directly from the Orlando City ticket office (855-675-2489) for $25 a piece, or buy them online from the Wet ‘n Wild website for $28.59 a piece. Group rates and special group promotions are also available. Soft drinks will be free from 1pm-7pm, and Orlando City players will be there to meet.