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Kickers take on Orlando this Saturday

Only a few games left before the USL playoffs are upon us.

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The sun is shining in Kickerland. The good news yesterday was that midfielder Matthew Delicate will be available to play on Saturday. Delicate had a cancer scare earlier in the year which was dealt with through surgery. He now has a clean bill and health and is expected to be on the bench. Can anyone say Super Sub? The other good news is that with a win and some luck the Kickers could clinch a playoff spot. The Kickers need a win and both Bethlehem and Wilmington need to lose.

Saturday at 7 PM the Kickers will be facing Orlando City B. The team is called B because they are affiliated with Orlando City the MLS team. If you look up the grading scale “A” corresponds to “mastery” or “excellence”, “B” to “good”, a “C” is “acceptable” or “average”. If you look at the standings “B” is definitely falling into the “acceptable” or “average” section of the Eastern Division.

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When the two teams met this past Sunday the result was a 1-1 draw. A draw for Orlando at City Stadium would be great result for the visitors. Their last road trip resulted in two losses.

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Players to watch according to the Richmond Kickers:

Kickers:  Jamaican forward Anthony Grant (#9) notched his second professional goal against Orlando City B to salvage the point on the road.  Breaking into the starting lineup in July, the 2015 PDL Most Valuable Player made history when he added a third goal in a Kickers uniform against Swansea City AFC last month to hand the Kickers their first-ever win against an English Premier League side.  Returning on loan from the club’s official MLS affiliate, D.C. United, goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra (#50) is slated to backstop the Kickers for the fourth time this season.  On loan with the Kickers for the majority of the 2013 season, the MLS veteran earned 2013 USL Goalkeeper of the Year honors on route to the 2013 USL Regular Season Championship.  Anchoring the midfield in 22 games this season, Fred Owusu Sekyere (#4) has amassed over 3,000 minutes over two seasons with the Kickers.  A standout at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2009, he made 28 appearances with the Charlotte Eagles before returning to Richmond in 2015.

OCB:  Michael Cox (#51) leads OCB with 22 points this season, adding his 10th goal last Sunday in the 1-1 draw against the Kickers.  One of the first signings for OCB’s inaugural season, the Canadian forward’s 10 goals currently ranks seventh in the USL.  On loan from the club’s official MLS affiliate, Orlando City, Richie Laryea (#6) has made 20 appearances with Orlando City B, amassing over 1,300 minutes and contributing a pair of assists. The Canadian midfielder was a regular starter at the University of Akron prior to being drafted by Orlando City in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Veteran midfielder Lewis Neal (#24) returned to the USL this season after an extensive career with Major League Soccer sides D.C. United and Orlando City SC.  Making 20 appearances with OCB in 2016, the former English Premier League midfielder led Orlando to the USL PRO title in the club’s inaugural USL season in 2011.

Saturday is Family Fest at the stadium which means Admission is just $20 for the whole family before 6:30 PM. Gates open up at 5:30 pm with live music by The Folly. Not only that there will be human foosball and a 24-foot double drop slide. If you’re hungry food trucks by Continental Divide, Carytown Burgers & Fries, and Mr. Softee.
Then, get loud with the Red Army when YOUR Richmond Kickers battle Orlando City B at 7pm.

The RVA Trolley will be operating a continuously running, FREE, hop-on-hop-off trolley loop from City Stadium to Carytown from 5-9:30 PM. After the game, hop on the trolley and join the Kickers pro players at the post-game party at Citizen Burger Bar (2907 West Cary Street).

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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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CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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By Laura Olson

The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors.

The updates also included changes for schools, with federal health officials now urging everyone in K-12 schools to wear a mask indoors. That includes teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status and the level of community transmission.

The update in CDC guidance was prompted by new data indicating that although breakthrough infections among the vaccinated are rare, those individuals still may be contagious and able to spread the disease to others, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wearing a mask indoors in areas with “substantial” or “high” transmission of the virus could help to reduce further outbreaks of the highly contagious delta variant, she said.

Some 39 states have infection rates that have reached “substantial” or “high” levels of transmission, according to a data tracker on the CDC website. The CDC rates Virginia, with 56.4 cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days and a 5 to 8 percent positivity rate, as having a “substantial” level of community transmission. However, that varies widely by locality.

“As always, we will thoroughly review these recommendations,” said Alena Yarmosky, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam.  “The governor has taken a nuanced and data-driven approach throughout this pandemic—which is why Virginia has among the nation’s lowest total COVID-19 cases and death rates.

“As he has said repeatedly, the only way to end this pandemic is for everyone to get vaccinated. The facts show vaccines are highly effective at protecting Virginians from this serious virus — over 98 percent of hospitalizations and over 99 percent of deaths have been among unvaccinated Virginians.”

The agency also tracks infection rates on the county level, and 63 percent of U.S. counties are in those two categories of concern.

“This was not a decision that was taken lightly,” Walensky said. She added that other public health and medical experts agreed with the CDC that the new information on the potential for vaccinated people to have contagious infections required the agency to take action.

President Joe Biden described the agency’s revision on recommended mask use as “another step on our journey to defeating this virus.”

“I hope all Americans who live in the areas covered by the CDC guidance will follow it,” Biden said. “I certainly will when I travel to these areas.”

The mask-use changes may not be the only changes coming as the White House attempts to respond to the spiking infections. Biden also said Tuesday that a vaccination requirement for all federal employees is under consideration.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs already has required its frontline health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

But the new recommendations on masks are expected to be met with resistance.

Areas of the country with the highest spikes in COVID-19 infections tend to be those with the lowest vaccination rates and places that were the fastest to end mask mandates for public settings.

Some have taken legal steps to prevent future mask mandates. At least nine states — Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont — have enacted legislation that prohibits districts from requiring masks in schools, according to a CNN analysis.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, blasted the updated guidance in a statement Tuesday, describing it as “not grounded in reality or common sense.” Iowa’s level of community transmission is rated as “substantial” in the latest CDC map. 

“I’m concerned that this guidance will be used as a vehicle to mandate masks in states and schools across the country, something I do not support,” Reynolds said, adding that the vaccine “remains our strongest tool to combat COVID-19” and that she will continue to urge vaccinations.

Walensky sidestepped a question during Tuesday’s news briefing about the level of compliance that the CDC expects with the new recommendations, saying only that the way to drive down rising community transmission rates is to wear masks and to increase vaccination rates.

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Train Derailment Near Hollywood Cemetery Again

This derailment occurred Friday afternoon. A train also derailed in the same vicinity on June 9th.

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All photos courtesy of RFD Twitter.

Posted by RFD Twitter on July 23rd

At approximately 1:26 p.m., crews responded to an area down the North Bank Trail near Hollywood Cemetery for the report of a train derailment. Once on scene, they found multiple freight cars that had been tipped over. The cars were carrying coal.
Some of the load spilled onto the track and ground in the area, but there was no coal in the water. No injuries reported. The incident was marked under control at 1:59 p.m. and turned over to CSX.

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Suspect Sought in West Clay Street Burglary

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the Jackson Ward neighborhood last month.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards. A photo of his distinctive pink and black sneakers is also attached.

 

Anyone with information about the identity of this person is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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