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Kickers face Charlotte Independence on Saturday

The Kickers are desperate for a win.

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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. We got a goal so we know it’s possible to score in City Stadium. Now we work on scoring more than the other team
  2. Heat – It’s the first few days of summer and it will feel like it in City Stadium. High of 92° and 60% humidity. We won’t mention the dreaded noisy and bright weather phenomena that often accompanies such forecasts.
  3. @KingTayou – On Friday the Kickers announced signing forward Franck Tayou.  His impact was immediate. He scored the USL Goal of the Week in stoppage time to give the Kickers a much needed draw. @KingTayou is his Twitter handle and like a lot of forwards doesn’t lack in confidence. This is his pinned Tweet: “In 2016 I was good and got better. In 2017 I am going to be UNSTOPPABLE. HNY!!!”

Prediction

Like a summer wind I’m a fickle constantly changing gust of hot air with no rhyme or reason. I have no data or reason for this prediction other than Franck Tayou. Kickers 2 – Charlotte 0.

Official Kickers Preview

The Richmond Kickers (2-7-5) host the Charlotte Independence (4-3-4) for the first time in 2017 and Summer Fest, presented by Sticks Kabob Shop and Bounce 2 the Moon this Saturday. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, splash zone, RVA food trucks and over 15 craft beers on tap. Then, at 7 p.m. the Kickers take on the Independence. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

Saturday’s match will be the eighth meeting between the Kickers and the Independence, with Charlotte holding a slight 2-3-2 edge over Richmond. The two clubs met on three occasions in 2016, with Charlotte besting the Kickers in two of the three matches, with the third being a scoreless draw. Charlotte hosted Richmond on April 22, 2016, where Sunny Jane score his first goal with the Kickers as Matthew Delicâte scored his last career goal, but Richmond fell to a late penalty call 2-3. It would be the Independence to host the Kickers in the second meeting of 2016 on June 18, as a Caleb Calvert goal was enough to decide the close affair. The Kickers played host to the Independence September 14, this time neither team could find the back of the net, with that one ending in a scoreless draw. The Kickers are currently undefeated at City Stadium against the Independence, with a record of 2-0-1.

Richmond comes into Saturday’s match against Charlotte off the heels of a dramatic 1-1 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies last Saturday. Marcel Schäfer found the back of the net from a free kick opportunity in the 64th minute, with the help of a deflection in the Kickers wall. Franck Tayou leveled the score late into stoppage time of his debut with the team, scoring on a volley just before the final whistle, ending a two-match scoring drought for Richmond.

The Independence hit the road for the first time since opening their new venue at the Sportsplex at Matthews. Their first match in their new home was a 2-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders last Saturday. Jorge Herrera opened the scoring for Charlotte in the 13th minute from a free kick. Alex Martinez doubled the home team’s lead in the 62nd minute, assisted by Jorge Herrera.

Richmond hits the road for three straight matches following Saturday’s encounter with Charlotte. First up, the Kickers will head to take on the Bethlehem Steel FC for a 5pm kickoff July 1. This match will be available to stream live from the USL Match Center. The Kickers will return to City Stadium Wednesday, July 19 for a friendly match against Swansea City AFC of the Premier League. Tickets and more information can be found at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Defender Conor Shanosky (#5) has made 11 appearances in 2017, scoring the first goal of the season in the home opener win over the Harrisburg City Islanders. Shanosky signed with the Kickers in September of 2016 following one and a half seasons with Louisville City FC. Coming off winning the USL Goal of the Week for Week 13, forward Franck Tayou (#70) made his debut last Saturday, entering the match in the 65th minute and scoring the game-tying in the 94th minute. Tayou joins the Kickers after an extensive indoor soccer career in Mexico and spending the 2016 USL season with San Antonio FC. On loan from the Kickers MLS affiliate, D.C. United defender Chris Durkin (#21) has made seven appearances this season, all of which are starts. The former Kickers youth player and Richmond United product set up the play that lead to Tayou’s game-tying goal Saturday.

Charlotte: Tied as team leading scorer in 2017 with four goals, forward Jorge Herrera (#10) is in his third season with the Independence. Previously, Herrera was with the Charlotte Eagles while they were in the USL from 2007 to 2014, making over 150 appearances and scoring 51 goals. Midfielder Enzo Martinez (#19) also has a team-high four goals this season for the Independence in eight appearances. Selected as the 17th overall pick by Real Salt Lake in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Martinez did not make an appearance for the club and was loaned out in 2013 to the Carolina Railhawks, where he would later sign with in 2014. He had six goals in 21 appearances with the Railhawks before signing with the Independence in 2015. A former D.C. United loanee to the Kickers in 2013, forward Casey Townsend (#9) joined the Independence on loan from FC Cincinnati. The fifth overall selection by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Townsend saw time with Chivas USA and D.C. United before making the rounds in the USL, most recently with Wilmington Hammerheads FC scoring two goals in 11 appearances in 2016.

Ticket Deal

No bargains to be had this week but it’s SUMMER FEST which means entertainment of all sorts that doesn’t involve soccer.

It’s SUMMER FEST at City Stadium on Saturday, June 24th, presented by Sticks Kebob Shop and Bounce 2 The Moon!

The party starts at 5:30 pm with live music by The Hit List, a one-of-a-kind splash zone featuring a 40-foot slip ‘n slide and a 20-foot water slide, human foosball, soccer darts, inflatable games, RVA food trucks and over 15 craft beers on tap including:

Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Champion Fruitless
Stone Ripper
Lagunitas Lil Sumpin
Fairwinds Saison
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
Stone Ghost Hammer
Sam Adams Summer Ale
Sierra Nevada Summerfest
Wild Wolf Kick It Hunny
South Street VA Lager
Trapezium Red Army IPA
Stone IPA
Buskey RVA Cider
Blue Moon
Modelo
Miller Lite

Then, get loud with the Red Army when YOUR Richmond Kickers battle Charlotte at 7pm.

GET TICKETS –> bit.ly/1Hm3m5s

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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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James River Park System Update from Bryce Wilk, Superintendent

Through June 30, 2020: 1,076,873 James River Park has had visitors. The same date in 2019: 975,433 visitors. The current staff devoted to James River Park is 5.

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The James River Park is getting heavy use but that’s not all that’s going on in the park. Here’s what Bryce Wilk, Superintendent has to say.

  • The JRPS is seeing visitors at a higher rate than any other year ever! Through June 30, 2020: 1,076,873 visitors. Same date in 2019: 975,433 visitors. This despite all the restrictions in place during the stay at home orders due to Covid 19 this past spring and early summer. Close to a quarter million visitors in the month of June alone.
  • JRPS staff and local paddling groups installed new Dam Hazard Signs and Buoys between Huguenot Flatwater and Z-Dam to better warn people of the dangers of Z-Dam and the river.
  • JRPS hired parking attendants to ticket all illegally parked vehicles at Pony Pasture Rapids Park on weekends and holidays.
  • During the closure of public facilities, JRPS took the opportunity to upgrade the bathroom at Pony Pasture with new flooring and paint.
  • JRPS added parking lines in the parking lot to help guide and organize vehicle parking.
  • Currently we only have 5 full time staff members dedicated solely to the James River Park System, James River Park System relies on volunteers to keep this park beautiful.
  • JRPS is providing volunteer opportunities for river clean ups at Pony Pasture specifically through https://www.handsonrva.org/.
  • If people are interested in volunteering on their own or have any questions, Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew Mason can provide resources and equipment. His email is [email protected]
  • Please visit https://jamesriverpark.org/ and http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/ for the latest updates and safety information about the James River Park System and Richmond’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

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Suspects Sought in Commercial Burglary on Jahnke Road

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, an unknown male broke into the Shell Gas Station in the 6200 block of Jahnke Road.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photos who are suspects in a commercial burglary that last month.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, an unknown male broke into the Shell Gas Station in the 6200 block of Jahnke Road. Security footage shows two suspects driving a van and parking near the side of the building.

One male broke a window to gain access into the business and stole several cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets. The suspects then fled. Damage to the van is pictured and circled in red.

Anyone with information is asked to call Third Precinct Detective H. Truong at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Little Nickel and Crossroads “Should” Reopen Next Week

Not back to normal but a step in that direction.

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Two neighborhood favorites are set to come out of Covid-19 hibernation.

Little Nickel made this announcement on Facebook along with the slick looking deck addition you see above.

we’re almost back and this time with a bit of outdoor seating! ~ we’ll be making an announcement on monday about our opening date ~ we’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to reopen our tropical paradise safely, thank you so much for your support throughout this process ~

A little birdie told me that the announcement on Monday will be a Wednesday opening. Little birdies are known to be wrong but I trust this one.

Crossroads is not as precise. They’re planning for mid-July. Work is going on to complete a couple projects. Once those wrap up they’ll be pivoting to take out only for a bit.

Next week is mid-July so I’m hopeful that our favorite little coffee shop will be back in action.

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