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Three Things to Kickabout

  1. Offense where for art thou? – This will be on our list until it’s no longer a question. Last weekend the Kickers scored a goal and looked much more composed on the ball. Unfortunately one goal does not an offense make.
  2. Matthew Delicâte – Kickers legend Matthew Delicâte hung up his cleats before the start of the season. On Saturday the team honors his contribution and celebrates his accomplishments.

  3. D.C. United – The Kickers have an affiliate relationship with MLS team D.C. United. Last week the goal came off a bit of hard work by DC loanee Chris Korb. Not sure which players from D.C. will be down on Saturday but they could be the difference makers again.

Prediction

There were truly signs of the Kickers team coming together last weekend. Long periods of possession. Passes that went to teammates. Attacking of the goal. It gave the fans hope. Harrisburg is a very beatable team with on only 2 wins out of 6 games. I believe that thing will finally click for Richmond and they’ll put together a complete game. Richmond 3 – Harrisburg 1.

Official Kickers Preview

The Richmond Kickers return to City Stadium this Saturday, May 13 to host the Harrisburg City Islanders and Deli Night to celebrate the retirement of one of RVA’s all-time greatest players, Matthew Delicâte. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by The Folly, RVA food trucks and over 15 craft beers on tap that outline Deli’s prolific career.  Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
The Kickers host the City Islanders for the second time this season, after defeating the visitors 1-0 in the 2017 home opener in March when Conor Shanosky nodded home Fred Owusu Sekyere’s free kick. The Kickers also swept the two-game series last season, edging Harrisburg 3-0 to open the 2016 campaign before winning 3-0 on the road in July.
Last time out, the Kickers battled to a 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati. Owusu Sekyere found the back of the net in the seventh minute, but Harrisburg answered in the 70th to level the score at 1-1.
Meanwhile, the Harrisburg City Islanders dropped their last match, 3-1 to New York Red Bulls II. NYRBII opened scoring when they converted a penalty in the 25th minute, but Aaron Wheeler answered back with a header for Harrisburg in the 39th. However, New York would prove too much for Harrisburg, as another penalty in the 57th and a header off the bench in the 75th sealed the 3-1 victory.
Saturday’s match is the second game of a three-game series between the two teams, who are slated to swap home-field advantage on July 15 at FNB Field. Following this matchup, the Kickers embark on a three-game road trip that kicks off at travel to Capelli Sport Stadium on May 21 against the Rochester Rhinos.
Players to Watch:
Kickers: Defender Braeden Troyer (#31) has started six games this season, playing 540 minutes and leading the team with 20 tackles and 18 interceptions. The Columbia, South Carolina native is also third on the team in passing percentage in the opponents’ half at 67.9. Forward Alhaji Kamara (#45) has appeared in five games, including four starts and scored a goal on April 22 against Pittsburgh. The Sierra Leone native is in Richmond on loan from the club’s official MLS affiliate, D.C. United, and is also second on the team in passing percentage in the opponents’ half at 69.9. Forward Oliver (#9) had two shots in his first start on Saturday, April 15 including one that hit the post. The Brazilian striker is yet to score despite four shots in five appearances.
City Islanders: Forward Aaron Wheeler (#11) has started all six games for Harrisburg and leads the team with eight shots and two goals, including one last time out against New York Red Bulls II. The Baltimore native is in his second full season for the City Islanders after two loan spells in 2013 and 2014. Defender Abbas Mohammed (#18) has started five games and leads the team with 23 tackles. The Ghanaian is in his first season with Harrisburg after three seasons with Inter Allies FC in his home country. Defender James Thomas (#17) leads all City Islanders in passes at 205 and also has an assist this season. The Silver Springs, Maryland native is in his second season with Harrisburg after a stint with New York Red Bulls II.
US Open Cup Second Round: Richmond Kickers vs Christos FC at City Stadium
The Richmond Kickers open the 104th edition of the Lamar Hut U.S. Open Cup with a Second Round match-up featuring Christos FC of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA) on Wednesday, May 17 at City Stadium.  The pre-game party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, and craft beer on tap.  Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. and tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

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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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Two Gun Incidents in Two Days in James River Park

There were no injuries and at least two arrests in the incidents.

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In case your COVID-19 internment wasn’t giving you enough to stress about we’ve seen two firearm incidents this week in James River Park.

The first one was reported by RTD.

A man and a woman from Ohio have been accused of discharging a firearm in the James River Park System off Riverside Drive in South Richmond.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, officers were patrolling the park in the 4200 block of Riverside Drive when two people discharged a gun “on the trail area” near the West 42nd Street entrance, the authorities said. The police did not further specify the location in the park, but the area runs along the south side of the James River.

“They were not trying to shoot at anyone else or each other,” said police spokeswoman Chelsea Rarrick. “It was reckless discharge.”

Tony Isaac Jr., 27, of Springfield, Ohio, was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place, possession of a firearm in a city park and possession of a firearm as a felon, police said.

Jayona M. Franklin, 19, of Xenia, Ohio, was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place and possession of a firearm in a city park.

As someone who walks that trail a bunch the fact that “They were not trying to shoot at anyone else or each other,” doesn’t make me feel any better.

The other incident is equally scary and occurred yesterday on Belle Isle.

From the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association Facebook.

A group of 10 or 12 teens hanging out and this young man brandishing a handgun. He was pointing it at hikers, kayakers and yelling “Pop,pop, pop!” Loud enough you could hear him over the rapids. The police showed up but I don’t know what came of it.

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Arrest Made in Forest Hill Avenue Rape

The incident occurred in the 4000 block of Forest Hill Avenue on August 4, 2019.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police Department detectives, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and Second Precinct patrol officers, have made an arrest in connection with a rape that happened last August.

Victor M. Manuel, 32, of the 3300 block of Shady Creek Road, Chesterfield, VA was apprehended today. He has been charged with rape in connection with an incident that occurred in the 4000 block of Forest Hill Avenue on August 4, 2019. His booking photo is attached.

Detectives want to thank the public for their assistance in this case.

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Westover Hills
Common Name:  Common Starling or European Starling
Scientific Name: Sturnus vulgaris
Length: 7.5–9.1 in
Weight: 2.0–3.6 oz
Wingspan: 12–17 in

Quick Facts Courtesy of All About Birds

  • All the European Starlings in North America descended from 100 birds set loose in New York’s Central Park in the early 1890s. The birds were intentionally released by a group who wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned. There are now over 200 million European Starlings and they range from Alaska to Mexico.
  • Because of their recent arrival in North America, all of our starlings are closely related. Genetically, individuals from Virginia are nearly indistinguishable from starlings sampled in California, 3,000 miles away. Such little genetic variation often spells trouble for rare species, but seems to offer no ill effects to starlings so far.
  • Starlings are strong fliers that can get up to speeds of 48 mph.
  • In studies of starlings’ sense of taste, scientists have discovered that they can taste salt, sugars, citric acid, and tannins (bitter compounds that occur in many fruits, including acorns and grapes). They can tell the difference between sucrose (table sugar) and other kinds of sugars – helpful since starlings lack the ability to digest sucrose.
  • Starlings are great vocal mimics: individuals can learn the calls of up to 20 different species. Birds whose songs starlings often copy include the Eastern Wood-Pewee, Killdeer, meadowlarks, Northern Bobwhite, Wood Thrush, Red-tailed Hawk, American Robin, Northern Flicker, and many others.

 

Benjamin at Richmond SPCA

Behold! The bold and beautiful…erm…handsome Benjamin! Have you been yearning for a pal who will cuddle up with you at night? Is your heart aching for some TLC that can only be cured by toe pads and whiskers? Well then we have the best little buddy for you! If you’re interested in finally taking home your new best friend, come ask to meet with Benjamin today!

Age: 8 years, 3 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black
Declawed: No
ID: 43463251

Adopt Benjamin at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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