Central Valley Fuego in June

Central Valley Fuego in June
Villyan Bijev of Fuego FC competes with the Richmond Kickers’ Nil Vinyals for the ball. Photo by Peter Maiden
At left, Fuego’s Victor Falck (left) and Alexis Cerritos (right) along with the Kickers’ Chris Cole (center) look on as Fuego’s Sam Strong goes up for a header on a corner kick. Photo by Peter Maiden

Fuego FC lost to the Richmond Kickers 2-1 in a June 10 game. Richmond was third in the standings, and Fuego FC was working its way up from the bottom. Fuego FC had a lot of chances and led Richmond 1-0 for a short while. But then Emiliano Terzaghi scored twice for Richmond, once with a successful shot on goal and then with a penalty kick.

Billy Forbes, a player new to Fuego, came on the field after the penalty as a substitute forward. He quickly made a couple of aggressive plays, but after eight minutes on the field, he fouled Richmond goalie Akira Fitzgerald. Forbes made a high kick and struck Fitzgerald above the left eye with a cleat. Fitzgerald lay on the ground for 12 minutes as medical staff treated a cut above his left eye that was bleeding a great deal. He was replaced with a backup goalie. Forbes was shown the red card for the foul.

On June 17, Fuego FC lost 1-0 to Greenville (South Carolina) Triumph SC. The Greenville goal was unexpected—it was scored in the last 60 seconds of the game.

Fuego FC has three league home games in July at the Fresno State Soccer Stadium, on July 1, 15 and 29. There is also a friendly match there with Club Atlético Morelia on July 5. For more info, visit fuegofc.com.


  • Peter Maiden

    Peter Maiden is the photo editor for the Community Alliance newspaper. He studied media at UC Berkeley. Contact him at maidenfoto1@gmail.com.

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