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Kickers vs. St. Louis FC in the Kickers Prediction Game of Awesome

Prior to every home game a panel of so-called experts will predict the outcome of the Richmond Kickers game. Each expert receives one point for each correct prediction. At the end of the season the winner gets a trophy and pack of gum.

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Saturday, the Richmond Kickers (8-6-9) are back in town and look to right their becalmed ship. The opponent, St. Louis FC (6-9-8) could be just the team to give the Kickers a bit of much needed momentum. St. Louis sits seven points behind in the standings and six wins on the season so far, but four of those wins have been on the road, so they can’t be judged on standings alone.

The Kickers’ most recent game will be remembered for three things: Worra making incredible saves, fan favorite and Japanese international Imura getting his first goal, and Kickers losing on a stoppage time goal which conveniently coincided with the live internet feed going out. The two previous game included a tie to Rochester and a loss to Harrisburg. The tie in Rochester on Sunday was a good result considering the Kickers, through what can only be described as moronic scheduling by USL, had played Harrisburg less than 24 hours before. Plus, Rochester sits at the top of the standings.

St. Louis picked up their second home win of the season last night against the Charleston Battery. They were forced to take on the Battery missing five players who were suspended by USL for disciplinary reasons. Against they Kickers they’ll be  without Brandon Barklage, Richard Dixon, and Jermie Lynch all out due to injury. Brandon Barklage might be familiar to MLS fans from his time with D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, and most recently the San Jose Earthquakes.

Official game preview is here. Saturday there are two promotions: one involving families and one involving shades. Family Fest means admission is just $20 for the whole family before 6:30 PM, or, if you more of the lone wolf type, you can get a ticket and a pair of limited edition Nectar sunnies for just $20!

Prediction Reasoning Score

RVANews Soccer Guru

Richmond-Kickers-Logo Kickers are heading down the home stretch of their season. They’re not riding at the head of the pack on a perfect thoroughbred nor are they trailing behind on a burro of despair. They’ve got a steady steed that just needs to take off the silly sun bonnet that some fool put on its head and let him run. 6

Red Army

Richmond-Kickers-Logo There comes a time in sports when a team has to measure itself against the best to determine where it stands. This is not one of those times. Playing on a real field, against a mediocre opponent, will push the Kickers back into the win column. 7

Richmond Kickers

Richmond-Kickers-Logo So, is Saint Louis known for anything more than an arch? I mean I know they are bad at the American version of football. On that alone (plus the fact that we beat them earlier in the season) I will say that Richmond takes all 3 points, which a 3 sideways is 2 arches and 2 arches are better than 1 arch. 7

Total Soccer Show

 Richmond-Kickers-Logo  The Kickers are winless in their last three games, which basically means the world is off its axis. So either the Kickers will return us to normality by beating expansion team St. Louis (just like they did in July, 3-1) or gravity is going to fail and we’re all going to float off into the cold nothing of space. No pressure guys. 7

RVANews Soccer Guru (Richard Hayes): All of Richard’s soccer knowledge comes from playing FIFA on the original Playstation and standing in bars, drinking, and yelling at the television. He also helps run RVA DCU and is a member of American Outlaws Richmond Chapter, which mainly involves drinking and yelling at televisions.

Red Army (Matt Myers) — Reigning Champion: Matt was sent off by Leigh Cowlishaw in a summer camp scrimmage as a pre-teen but has not held that against the team. He’s coming to grips with being a relatively old man now after seeing the youngsters in the Red Army and on the Kickers roster. He’s also attended way more matches than he should admit to, especially for having lived in Richmond a total of one out of the last 13 years.

Richmond Kickers (Kickeroo): The Kicker from down under. He doesn’t really like anyone who isn’t a fan of the Kickers. A daredevil who will pretty much try anything and everything but would rather not talk (on advice from the lawyers) about the incident with the scooter and the Flaming Hoop of Death, he’s also a sensitive marsupial who enjoys long walks on a dew-covered soccer field and watching the sun set behind the goal post. He also shares something with the new Kickers beer, Kick It Hunny hops.

Total Soccer Show (Daryl Grove): Daryl is English, so everything he says about footsoccerball naturally carries more weight because he says it in a British accent. He is also part of the excellent local radio show and podcast Total Soccer Show that keeps track of all soccer related things in an intelligent and fun way. If you’re not listening to the Total Soccer Show, you need to change that posthaste.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Mass Vaccination Site at Richmond Raceway Reopens Today

If you qualify for a booster, or have not yet been vaccinated, you can schedule an appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877 VAX-IN-VA. Officials said walk-ins are also welcomed.

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The Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at the Raceway will resume COVID-19 vaccine operations Tuesday, Oct. 12 and will operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you qualify for a booster, or have not yet been vaccinated, you can schedule an appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 877 VAX-IN-VA. Officials said walk-ins are also welcomed.

More from Vaccinate Virginia on who is eligible for the booster.

Certain groups are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster, if they received the Pfizer vaccine and if it’s been 6 months or more since their last shot.

We recommend these groups receive a booster this fall:

  • Ages 65 and older
  • Residents in a long-term care setting
  • Ages 50-64 with an underlying medical condition.

In addition, these groups may also benefit from a booster this fall:

  • Ages 18-49 with an underlying medical condition
  • Ages 18-64 with an increased risk COVID-19 because of where they work or live.

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Today is Last Day to Register to Vote in 2021 General Election

Make sure your voice is heard and register to vote today.

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Register to vote, update your current Virginia voter registration, apply to vote absentee by mail, or view your polling place, election district, absentee ballot status, and voting history at the Department of Virginia Elections website.

Don’t forget that this election if voting by absentee you’ll need a witness signature.

In 2020 at total of 5,975,696 people were registered to vote an increase of 6.18% from the previous year. Of those 5.9 million, 4,486,841 or 75.08% actually voted. The population of Virginia is around 8,536,000.

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