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Kickers face Ottawa on Saturday

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Three Things to Kickabout

  1. Goals – You likely won’t see a bunch. The Kickers offense is still on break only scoring 1 goal in three games. On the other side of that coin, they’ve only allowed 2 goals in three games. The defense will keep the Kickers in the game it’s up to the offense to come through.
  2. Revenge of the Furies – Defender Mallan Roberts (#15) and defender Maxim Tissot (#33) both played for the Ottawa Fury last year. I like to hope that they’ve got something to prove against their old team.
  3. Weather – I’m not sure of the exact number but by my estimates, the Kickers have had 4,245 games delayed due to thunderstorms in the past two seasons. The forecast is for a high 81° with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.  Wear your running shoes because you might need to head to shelter. Fingers crossed that it isn’t the case.

Prediction

Injuries will continue to hamper the Kickers but they’re due a goal. They’ll get one off a set piece but so will Ottawa. 1-1 will be the final scoreline.

Official Kickers Preview

The Richmond Kickers return to City Stadium this Saturday, April 15 to host Ottawa Fury FC at 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour starts at 3:30pm with food and drinks specials before kickoff, live music by 2-11 and over a dozen craft beers on tap.  Happy Hour tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com for $30 and include admission for two, drink tickets and a limited-edition Kickers growler.

For the first time in club history, the Kickers take on league newcomers Ottawa Fury FC, who previously spent three seasons in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

The Kickers return to City Stadium this Saturday after suffering their second straight 1-0 loss at the hands of Louisville City FC.  The majority of the match remained scoreless until an 80th minute corner led to two shots from Mark Anthony-Kaye, the second hitting the hand of Christopher Durkin as he twisted in the air. Former Kickers midfielder George Davis IV slotted the resulting penalty into the bottom right of Eric Klenofsky’s net to steal all three points.

Meanwhile, Ottawa also dropped a 1-0 decision for the second time this season, falling against the best team in the USL Eastern Conference, Tampa Bay Rowdies. Georgi Hristov headed in the decisive goal in the 47th minute and the Fury could not recover from the early goal.

Saturday’s match opens a two-game series between the two teams, and they will swap home-field advantage on May 27 at TD Place Stadium. Following this weekend’s game, the Kickers remain at City Stadium to host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday, April 22.

Players to Watch:
Kickers: Defender Mallan Roberts (#15) has started in all three matches for the Kickers and was Richmond’s most involved player on April 8 with 81 touches and 63 passes. The Edmonton native, by way of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is in his first season with Richmond after a loan spell with Ottawa during his first professional season with FC Edmonton. Defender Maxim Tissot (#33) has also started all three matches, and was very involved in the last game with 77 touches and 47 passes. Also a Canadian national and former Ottawa Fury player, Tissot scored two goals in 19 appearances for the Fury last season. Kickers’ youth graduate and defensive midfielder Chris Durkin (#21) has blocked several shots this season and has been integral on both sides of the ball in all three games, on loan from the club’s official MLS affiliate D.C. United. The Glen Allen, Virginia native is the youngest Homegrown player in D.C. United history, making his debut as a 16 year-old last June.

Fury: Midfielder José Seoane (#11) is tied for the team lead with three shots including two on target on April 8. The 29-year old Floridian scored two goals last season in 20 appearances for Icelandic side Fylkir and has also spent time with IBV and the Austin Aztex. Defender Onua Obasi (#14) was Ottawa’s most involved player on Saturday with 58 touches and 40 passes. He also led the team with four tackles and thirteen possessions gained while anchoring a defense that allowed just the one goal. Obasi is a versatile player that can play left back, center back, and defensive midfielder. Forward Steevan Dos Santos (#8) also had three shots on April 8 and scored 17 goals in 48 appearances over two seasons with the Rochester Rhinos before signing with Ottawa. The Cape Verde native has also spent time with hometown club CS Mindelense, Norwegian side Ullensaker/Kisa IL and Angola’s Progresso.

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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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RRRC Pony Pasture 5k

Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.

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This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.

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Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still. Peter was a scholar, gentleman, runner, and a friend to many. The proceeds of this race benefit the Richmond Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund. Each year the club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have and will represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle. The recipients of the 2021 scholarships will be announced at the conclusion of the Pony Pasture 5K.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5K, in memory of Peter Still, is a RRRC Club Championship Race for 2021.

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Moto Richmond and Scoot Richmond Rolling Down the Road

I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle or scooter so never had a need to go to the shop but it will be weird to drive past their old location and not see all the lovely bikes.

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BIG NEWS! Moto Richmond and Scoot RIchmond is MOVING to a new location. We’re still in Manchester thru this week, but on Tuesday July 27, you’ll find us in our new home at 6000 Midlothian Turnpike. Are you excited, because WE CERTAINLY ARE! Pardon our dust if you come by 217 W 7th this week to say your farewells, but we’re STOKED to show you the new spot.

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Multiple People Shot in the 1100 block of Hull Street

At approximately 5:41 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 1100 block of Hull Street for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

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From RPD:

At approximately 5:41 p.m. yesterday, officers responded to the 1100 block of Hull Street for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two adult males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

One victim was pronounced at the scene, the second male was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A third male victim in his late teens self-transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Crewell at (804) 646-5324 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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