Second-half subs David Bulow
and John DiRaimondo
scored late goals to give
the Richmond Kickers a 3-1 victory over the Charlotte Eagles in the USL Second Division final. The championship was the second for the Kickers, who were loaded with former MLS players.
Playing in their fifth USL-2 final in the last six years, the Eagles led on a goal by Diego Martins
in the 14th minute.
Bulow found Edson Elcock
for the equalizer in the 63rd minute, and Richmond won the game on DiRaimondo's goal on a free kick that deflected off a Charlotte player and beat
goalie Steward Ceus
in the 83rd minute and Bulow's penalty kick two minutes later.
DiRaimondo, who spent time earlier this year with MLS's
Colorado Rapids and D.C. United, is one of five Kickers who have played in MLS.
Others are Michael Burke
, Kenny Cutler
and Joey Worthen
. In addition, Matthew Delicate
played for D.C. United
in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup and Edson Elcock
and Yomby William
played in MLS's reserve division. Aug. 29 in Richmond, Va. Richmond 3 Charlotte 1
. Goals: Elcock (Bulow) 63, DiRaimondo 83, Bulow (pen.) 86; Martins (Toby)
14 Richmond --
Pascale, Cutler (Harding, 84), William, Gorres, Kalungi, Burke (Hunter, 81), Dos Santos (Bulow, 46), Elcock (MacKenzie, 90), Vercollone,
Delicate, Worthen (DiRaimondo, 46). Charlotte --
Ceus, Connor, Rife (Coggins, 88), Smith (Johnson, 58), Williams, Herrera, Martins, Nunes (Bentos, 63),
Toby, Page (Lemons, 63), Swinehart (Daka, 77). Referee:
Tony Russo. Att.: