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PREVIEW: Kickers battle long-time rival Charleston Battery

The Kickers are riding high after a win last week. Will the streak continue?

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Three Things to Kickabout

  1. Goals: We finally scored two goals in a winning an effort against Toronto FC II. Let’s hope it continues.
  2. Rivalry: This rivalry is one of the oldest in American soccer. Passions run high and there will likely be traveling fans coming up north.
  3. Battery Goals: One advantage for Richmond is that the Battery won’t have leading goalscorer Romario Williams.

Prediction

Hope spring eternal and after seeing two goals I’m giddy with scoring excitement. Kickers truly catch on fire and beat their rival 3-1.

Kickers Preview

A rivalry that spans 25 years, the Richmond Kickers (4-12-8) host the Charleston Battery (11-5-8) this Saturday night along with Food Truck Night. The match will be available via the Kickers official television partners WTVR CBS 6 on their 6.3 sub channel and on the USL Match Center. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Jive 45 and over a dozen craft beers on tap. RVA’s iconic food trucks will headline the event with local favorites including Carytown Burgers & Fries, Sticks Kebob Shop, Grapevine, The Return of the Mac, Mr. Softee, Happy Empanada, Ms. Funnel Cakes and Boka Truck serving legendary tacos, made to order burgers, gourmet mac & cheese, authentic Greek fair and heavenly hand-made ice cream. Then, the Kickers take the field to face the Charleston Battery at 7:00 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at RichmondKickers.com.

These two long-time rivals have met on 60 occasions, with the Kickers slightly trailing in the overall series with a record of 24-27-9. The Kickers traveled to Charleston June 10 of this year for the first of three meetings in 2017, falling at MUSC Health Stadium behind a 26th minute penalty kick goal by Justin Portillo. Richmond will travel to Charleston once more September 16 in the final meeting of the season. Out of the 60 meetings, only one time has the scoreline finished as a 0-0 draw (August 1, 2003). The Battery will be without leading goalscorer Romario Williams, who will be serving a one-game suspension.

Richmond looks to continue their momentum of last Saturday’s victory over Toronto FC II. Jordan Hamilton put the visitors up just after four minutes. Just one minute later, Alex Lee was able to pick out Sunny Jane in front of goal to score off a header and level the score. Matt Bolduc put the Kickers ahead in the 68th minute putting away a ball that was knocked down by Franck Tayou to score his first goal with Richmond and the game-winner.

The Battery are coming off a 1-0 road victory at the Rochester Rhinos last Saturday. Justin Portillo scored  his sixth goal of the season in the 83rd minute from a free kick. The win ended a seven-match winless streak dating back to a 2-0 home win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies on July 1.

The Kickers hit the road for three-straight road matches, starting next Saturday night as they travel to the Sportsplex at Matthews to take on the Charlotte Independence for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. This match will be available live on the on the 6.3 sub channel of WTVR CBS 6 as well as the USL Match Center. Following road matches at Orlando City B on September 7 and at the Charleston Battery September 16, the Kickers will return to City Stadium to host the Rochester Rhinos and Oktoberfest, presented by The Hof. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with authentic German oompah music by The Low ‘n’ Brows, seasonal craft beers on tap and an all-inclusive Oktoberfest package for just $22.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Defender Alex Lee (#18) was named to the USL Team of the Week after notching his first assist of the season last Saturday in the 2-1 win over Toronto FC II. The former Maryland Terrapin has made over 100 appearances for the Kickers since joining the club in 2013, amassing two goals and twelve assists. Forward Franck Tayou (#70) joined the Kickers midseason, scoring on his debut in stoppage time June 17 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tayou spent the second half of the 2016 season with San Antonio FC, scoring five goals in 17 appearances. On loan from the Kickers MLS affiliate D.C. United, goalkeeper Travis Worra (#48) has made two appearances for Richmond this season, allowing just one goal and making seven saves. Worra played in five games with United, making eleven saves over that stretch.

Charleston: Tied for second leading goal scorer for the Battery, midfielder Justin Portillo (#20) scored his sixth goal of the season from a free kick in the 1-0 win on the road at the Rochester Rhinos. Portillo signed with Charleston in 2014 after four seasons at Coastal Carolina, where he was the school’s all-time leader in appearances. Defender Taylor Mueller (#4) has appearance in all 24 matches this season for the Battery. Mueller spent four seasons with the University of Washington scoring two goals over 72 appearances before signing with the Battery in 2012. Midfielder Jarad van Schaik (#5) rejoined the Battery this season after spending one season at Rayo OKC. Previously, van Schaik had his first stint with Charleston between 2013 and 2015 making 83 appearances and scoring on three occasions.

 Ticket Deal

No big savings for Saturday’s game but they’ve got food trucks.

It’s FOOD TRUCK FEST at City Stadium on Saturday, August 26th!

The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Jive 45 and over a dozen craft beers on tap.

RVA’s iconic food trucks will headline the event with local favorites including Carytown Burgers & Fries, Sticks Kebob Shop, Grapvevine, The Return of the Mac, Mr. Softee, Happy Empanada, Ms. Funnel Cakes and Boka Truck serving legendary tacos, made to order burgers, gourmet mac & cheese, authentic Greek fair and heavenly hand-made ice cream.

Then, get loud when your Richmond Kickers battle the Charleston Battery at 7pm!

GET TICKETS –> http://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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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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