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Preview: Kickers continue three game home stand against Toronto

On the plus side teams haven’t scored a lot of goals against the Kickers.

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Three Things to Kickabout

  1. Goals – I’m regretting my promise to keep posting this until it wasn’t an issue. Fourteen goals in 23 games will never make for a good season.
  2. Preseason –  According to the excellent Sports Club Stats, the Kickers have 0.00% chance of making the playoffs. I’m no mathematician but I don’t think that’s good. Time for the team to focus on next year and on which players will be around. Changes have already been made as the team and Anthony Grant parted ways.
  3. #CatherinesFight – This Saturday the River City Red Army will hold a fundraiser to help Catherine Muir. For a cash donation, you can pick up some Red Army swag or simply throw a little cash in the buckets that will be around. Catherine currently plays for the U13 Kickers Elite Team and was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Donations can be made online at Catherines GoFundMe.

Prediction

I’m too lazy to go back and see what my record is at predicting this year. I’m sure it’s pretty close to the Kickers record. I missed the last game so I know the team will be inspired to see me back in the stands. Kickers 2, Toronto 0.

Kickers Preview

The Richmond Kickers (3-12-8) are back at City Stadium this Saturday to host Toronto FC II (4-13-6) along with Family Fest, presented by WTVR CBS 6 and Bounce 2 The Moon. Admission is $25 for the entire family before 6:30 p.m. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with a one-of-a-kind fun zone featuring human foosball, giant soccer darts and a 24-foot double drop slide, live music, RVA food trucks, soft serve ice cream, and over a dozen craft beer on tap. The Kickers then take on TFCII at 7:00 p.m. This match will be available live on the Kickers Exclusive Television Partners WTVR CBS 6 on their 6.3 sub channel (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and online through the USL Match Center. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

The two clubs have met on five occasions over two seasons, with the Kickers holding a slight advantage with a 2-1-1 record. Both clubs met previously this season May 24 at the Ontario Soccer Centre, with both teams battling to a 0-0 draw in the second of a three-game road trip for the Kickers. Richmond swept Toronto in the two meetings at City Stadium last season, opening the series with a 1-0 victory on April 30 followed by a 3-0 win July 23.

The Kickers are coming off a 0-1 defeat at home to Orlando City B last Saturday. Pierre Da Silva narrowly found Hadji Barry as the Kickers failed to clear the ball away. Barry controlled and turned to find the far post side netting in the 24th minute.

Toronto FC II fell on the road to Bethlehem Steel FC Sunday afternoon 1-3. Bethlehem opened the scoring in the 58th minute with a goal from Corey Burke. TFCII pulled level in the 73rd minute as Mitchell Taintor converted a penalty kick after Jordan McCrary was fouled by Matthew Real inside the box. James Chambers gave the home side the lead in the 80th minute as he put away a penalty that was conceded by Julian Dunn-Johnson and causing him to see his second yellow card. Bethlehem would get their third of the game deep into stoppage time as Santi Moar set up Chris Nanco.

The Kickers stays home at City Stadium to close out a three-match home stand next Saturday night to host long-time rivals Charleston Battery and Food Truck Fest. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Jive 45, over a dozen craft beers on tap, and RVA’s iconic food trucks, including Carytown Burgers & Fries, Sticks Kebob Shop, Grapevine, The Return of the Mac, Mr. Softee, Happy Empanada, Ms. Funnel Cakes and Boka Truck. Tickets and more information are available now at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Midfielder Matt Bolduc (#32) made his second start in a row last Saturday since joining the Kickers after the start of the 2017 season, with five appearances total this season. Bolduc spent the 2016 season at Eastern Conference rivals Harrisburg City Islanders where he made 19 appearances and assisted on one goal. Defender Evan Lee (#8) has suited up for the Kickers on 10 occasions this season, including seven starts. Lee joined the Kickers after having spent last season with FC Cincinnati in their inaugural season, playing 323 minutes and contributing to eight shutouts over 14 appearances. Forward Oliver Minatel (#9) netted his first goal in the Kickers 3-2 win over Bethlehem Steel FC back on July 22. The Brazilian has made 11 appearances, including eight starts since signing with Richmond during the offseason. He scored one goal in nine appearances with Puerto Rico FC in 2016.

Toronto: One of the two leading scorers for TFCII, midfielder Luca Uccello (#45) has three goals in 12 appearances this season. Uccello initially joined Toronto through the Academy, signing his first professional contract with the USL side in March of 2015. Defender Mitchell Taintor (#42) had the lone goal in Toronto’s last outing, a 1-3 loss on the road at Bethlehem Steel FC. A former New England Revolution youth player, Taintor was drafted by Toronto FC as the 59th overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft out of Rutgers University. Forward Ryan Telfer (#54) has appeared in ever match for Toronto this season, where he has made 16 starts and scored on one occasion. His lone goal came in the season opener on the road to claim a 1-0 victory over Western Conference side Phoenix Rising FC.

 Ticket Deal

It’s FAMILY FEST at City Stadium on Saturday, August 19, presented by CBS6 and Bounce 2 The Moon!

Admission is just $25 for the whole family before 6:30 p.m. That’s right – simply purchase one $25 ticket and gain admission for the entire family!

The party starts at 5:30 pm with a one-of-a-kind fun zone featuring human foosball, giant soccer darts and a 24-foot double drop slide, live music, RVA food trucks, soft serve ice cream, and over a dozen craft beer on tap!

Then, get loud when YOUR Richmond Kickers battle Toronto at 7pm.

Get Tickets –> http://bit.ly/2fipCJV

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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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