MATCH PREVIEW: City Islanders Look to Continue Their Roll Against Richmond

The Harrisburg City Islanders are set to take on the Richmond Kickers for the final time this season at FNB Field on Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Come out to the match for our Hometown Heroes Night sponsored by UGI and PPL, featuring our first flyover by the PA State Police and post-match fireworks courtesy of Dauphin County.

As the USL calendar turns past the halfway point of the season, the Islanders are starting to ramp up their production to make a push for the playoffs.

Harrisburg has put up nine points in their last four matches with three wins and only one loss. This recent run has put the City Islanders within striking distance of a playoff spot for the first time since the beginning of the season.

The two eastern conference foes have met twice already this season. Harrisburg took a 1-0 opening season loss to the Kickers in Richmond but was able to play to a scoreless draw in their last meeting.

On this winning streak, the Islanders have had to find a way to make due while suffering numerous injuries to some of their top-flight scorers. Pedro Ribeiro went on a scoring streak in two straight games before going down with a leg injury in the Islanders match against the Rochester Rhinos and the team is still without the services of Manolo Sanchez and Aaron Wheeler.

Harrisburg’s last outing saw the return of both Paul Wilson and Cardel Benbow to the starting lineup and Ropapa Mensah got his first start at center forward.

The combination of speed and skill from these three plus the pace of Jamie Thomas led to a series of chances before the team was able to cash in on two goals in less than 20 minutes. Both Thomas and Wilson were able to find the back of the net to give Harrisburg their third win at home this season.

Richmond is winless in their last five matches including three losses and two draws. In those five matches, the Kickers only scored two times with goals from Luis Fernandez and Franck Tayou.

If Harrisburg grabs a win, they would have 21 points on the season and would have earned 12 points out of a possible 15. A win could potentially put Harrisburg back into the top of the league and right back into the playoff race.

UGI and PPL will host a raffle for an exclusive leather firefighter helmet and other prizes, and Dauphin County is providing beach ball giveaways and post-match fireworks!

The game will be broadcast live on ABC27 and the Islanders will have their first ever helicopter flyover by the Pennsylvania State Police.
The Harrisburg City Islanders 2007 Championship Team will also be in attendance on this night and will be recognized during halftime.

Grab your tickets now and come out to cheer on your City Islanders!