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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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Climb a Tree in Fonticello Park this Saturday

The Friends of Fonticello Park have teamed up with Riverside Outfitters to get folk up close and personal with the trees in the park.

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From Friends of Fonticello Park

Come climb with us at @riversideoutfittersrva ! Tree climbing is an exciting and special way to get to know your favorite park trees from a new perspective!
Details:
🌳Participants must be at least 6 years old and have their waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Minors must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Adults can climb, too!
🌳 Climbers will take turns climbing one at a time and are always belayed by an instructor. Helmets and harnesses must be worn and are provided.
🌳 When not climbing, feel free to enjoy some fun tree-related arts and activities.
🌳 Dress comfortably and for the weather. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle and any snacks and medications you may need. We will have a full water cooler for refills.
Fill out the required waiver online here to reserve your spot:

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Arrest Made in Fatal Crash on Semmes Avenue

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team has made an arrest in the traffic fatality that occurred on November 26, 2022, in the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue.

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From RPD:

The Richmond Police Department Crash Team has made an arrest in the traffic fatality that occurred on November 26, 2022, in the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue.

At approximately 2:58 p.m., November 26, RPD officers responded to the 2200 block of Semmes Avenue for the report of a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality. Investigators have determined speed to be a contributing factor.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Crash Team Investigator J. DeBoard at (804) 646-1709 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 646-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Person of Interest in Armed Commercial Robbery

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Friday, January 20, officers responded to the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of an armed robbery.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photo who is a person of interest in an armed commercial robbery that occurred on Friday in the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue.

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Friday, January 20, officers responded to the 4800 block of Forest Hill Avenue for the report of an armed robbery. It was determined that a male, who was wearing a black sweatshirt and black jeans, brandished a firearm and demanded money from the employee. The suspect took money from the cash register and fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the identity of this individual is asked to contact Detective D. Osbourne at (804) 646- 4656 or 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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