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Before The Whistle: Virginia Beach United vs. Tri-Cities FC Otters

By Everton Carvalho, 06/21/19, 6:30PM EDT


After losing against North Carolina FC U23 last Tuesday, Virginia Beach United is looking to recover in another away game, this time against Tri-Cities Otters. The game will count for the USL 2 regular season and will take place tomorrow night (June 22) at the Kermit-Tipton Stadium.

Who’s on the Other Side?

The Tri-Cities Otters is the only team in the league who has played fewer games (one) than VBU. They are currently number two in the South Atlantic Division table and have a 4-1-2 record so far. The team from Tennessee is the second best in goals scored (13), only behind
Lionsbridge FC, who has scored 16. However, the Otters have only conceded seven times, which shows that they are an aggressive team who scores goals and also has a solid defense. Even though this is the first time both teams will face each other in the season, VBU can start
preparing for a tough game. Taylor Gray, who has scored five goals in seven games played, is definitely their most dangerous player. Alex Horveno is another guy we need to mark closely, the number 29 currently has four assists and can be a key player for Tri-Cities Otters.

What Do We Have?

Alongside the two top scores for VBU Gui Leme and Daniel Rojas, Donnett Sackie is ready to help the team fight for another win. After being suspended for a couple of games, Sackie earned a couple of minutes on the field and showed he can be useful for Virginia Beach. Despite the loss against NCFC early this week, Sackie scored the only goal for VBU in the game and is ready for more.

What’s at Stake?

Even after the loss on Tuesday, Virginia Beach still has big chances of getting to the top in the league standings. VBU currently sits fifth in the table with a 4-4 record, only three points behind the first position. A win tomorrow night would bring Virginia Beach back to the top and keep them fighting for the league title. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM (ET) in Johnson City, Tennessee.