Hammerheads in search of first result with two road games this weekend

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Wilmington Hammerheads FC travels north this weekend for their first road matches of the 2015 USL regular season. Wilmington is set to face the Richmond Kickers at 7 p.m. Friday at City Stadium and New York Red Bulls II on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Wilmington enters Friday’s match versus Richmond following a 1-1 draw with the Charlotte Independence last weekend at Legion Stadium. Hammerheads forward Nick Zimmerman notched his first goal of the season off a penalty kick minutes before the half, but Charlotte’s Enzo Martinez denied Wilmington full victory with a goal in the second half to conclude the draw.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC play two games on the road this weekend. File photo.
Wilmington Hammerheads FC play two games on the road this weekend. File photo.

The Hammerheads hosted the Kickers two weeks prior for their first match of the season, ending in a 2-2 draw. Richmond’s Jalen Robinson and Matthew Delicâte both found the back of the net to equalize with the two goals scored by Wilmington’s Troy Cole and Justin Moose early in the first half. Friday’s match will be the second of three meetings between the Hammerheads and Kickers scheduled for the regular season.

“We continue to work through our weaknesses and improve our strengths on the training field,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Technical Director and Head Coach Carson Porter. “I know the guys are excited about the trip–two more good teams and two more good experiences for our players.”

Friday’s match at City Stadium will be broadcast live on the Kickers’ YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/RichmondKickers.

New York Red Bulls II claimed their first victory in franchise history last weekend versus Toronto FC II at Red Bull Arena. Anatole Abang, Shawn McLaws, Marius Obekop, and Leo Stolz each tallied a goal to clinch the 4-1 inaugural win for Red Bulls II. McLaws recently earned USL Team of the Week honors for his performance.

Sunday’s match will air on Red Bull II’s YouTube channel. Fans in Wilmington can join Hammerheads staff and supporters at Carolina Ale House on both dates for watch parties to watch the team live on the road.