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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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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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