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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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Richmond Then and Now: Flooded Westover Hills Boulevard

A then and now snapshot of Richmond.

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The photo above is from the RTD photo archives with the caption, “In June 1969, drivers navigated a flooded Westover Hills Boulevard in South Richmond after heavy rainfall”. More like Wetover Hills Boulevard am I, right? I’ll see myself out.

Shoutout to the Volkswagen that drove by when I was taking this shot and almost in the exact spot of the Volkswagon in 1969. I could not have planned it better.

 

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RTD has the History of Nickel aka Boulevard Bridge

Learn more about our favorite bridge (that we can use) across the James. Mayo is a close second for those keeping track.

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Living only a few blocks from the historic bridge means it has a special spot in my heart. I’ve crossed it countless times both on foot and in the car. I’ve seen bald eagles, osprey, kayaks, rafts, inner tubes, and a fair share of questionable driving. With it be such a prominent part of my life it was fascinating to get more details on the bridge from RTD.

They’ve provided a nice timeline and photos. My favorite bit of new information:

Jan. 5, 1925 — Thousands of motorists availed themselves of the decided moderation in temperature, combined with the fact that yesterday was the last day that motorists and others were allowed to cross the structure free of toll charges, and “tried out” the Boulevard Bridge.

Hundreds of automobiles, from the flivver to the more pretentious high-powered car, crossed the bridge during the day. At times there were so many of the gasoline-propelled cars on the structure that progress was made only at a snail’s pace.

An attache of the Boulevard Bridge Corp. essayed to keep a tally of the cars crossing the structure and succeeded fairly well until he had counted 5,000. At that juncture, however, they were coming so fast and so thickly that he got lost in the mathematical jungle and gave up in despair.

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NBC12 on Pony Pasture Parking Woes

Although the focus of the story is on Pony Pasture other areas are being impacted by heavy park usage.

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NBC 12 has the story on the parking issues in our parks.

”It has been a lot more people this year. I don’t know if it’s because of the coronavirus. I’m sure there’s probably a lot of pools that are not open, or whatnot, and no places for people to go,” said Susan, a Stratford Hills resident who lives close to Pony Pasture.

According to the city’s Office of Parks and Recreation, the number of visitors to Pony Pasture in the month of June 2020 alone was over 44,000. They add that as of June 30, 2020, the James Rivers Park System had seen 1,076,873 visitors whereas on the same date in 2019 – there were 975,433 visitors.

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