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PREVIEW: The Kickers to play penultimate game of the year in what hasn’t been an ultimate season

For the record, I’ll use the word penultimate at any and every opportunity.



Three things to kickabout

  1. Goals: We scored three against Charleston at home then we went down to Charleston and played for about 60 minutes without scoring a goal. This is the Kickers season in a nutshell.
  2. Playoffs: According to math we still have a chance. According to every rule of logic and trends, the chance of making the playoffs are non-existent. Here is a handy chart by FC Cincinnati to prove my point.
  3. Catherine’s Fight: Watch this video about Catherine Muir a Richmond Youth Elite player and her battle with leukemia. Then get ready to feel all the emotions.


Amazingly I nailed the last home game prediction. The Kickers had a lot of factors in their favor for the last game. I don’t see any of these favorable factors in this game. Kickers 0 – Rochester 2.

Official Kickers preview

The Richmond Kickers (6-14-8) return to City Stadium this Saturday night as they host the Rochester Rhinos (11-6-10) and Oktoberfest, presented by the Hof. Everything gets underway when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. with live German music by The Low ‘n’ Brows, brats and savory Germany fare, Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competitions and over 15 seasonal and Oktoberfest craft beers on tap before the pro game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. The match will be available to stream online through the USL Match Center. Fans are encouraged to attend the Official Post-Game Party at Burger Bach, located in Carytown at 10 S. Thompson St. Tickets and more information can be found at

A rivalry that began in 1999, the Kickers and Rhinos are deadlocked at nine wins apiece over 29 meetings between the two historic clubs. Richmond travelled to Rochester earlier this season on May 21 as the teams battled to the 11th draw in the series after a goal from each team. Kenardo Forbes broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute, getting the ball past Matt Turner. The Kickers would level the score just before halftime. Raul Gonzalez converted a free kick opportunity to score his first professional goal and seal the point on the road.

Richmond heads into this match coming off a 0-1 road defeat to the Charleston Battery last Saturday night at MUSC Health Stadium. The Kickers gained a man advantage in the 38th minute when Romario Williams was sent off after an altercation with Alex Lee. Maikel Chang connected with Heviel Cordovés in the 84th minute from a corner kick score the lone goal of the match. Travis Worra had a game-high six saves for Richmond.

The Rhinos will conclude their three-match road trip Saturday, after falling to Louisville City FC at Slugger Field Wednesday night. Former Kickers midfielder George Davis IV put the home side on the board in the 23rd minute. Jochen Graf drew the Rhinos level in the 43rd minute. Late into stoppage time, second half substitute Rayane Boukemia conceded a penalty opportunity that Luke Spencer converted to get the victory for Louisville.

The Kickers return to City Stadium next Saturday night to prove that RVA is RED at the regular season home finale when they host Orlando City B.  Fans wearing red will receive a drink ticket included in their admission and an exclusive adidas t-shirt and ticket package is on sale now at

Players to watch

Richmond: Midfielder Matt Bolduc (#32) signed with the Kickers after the start of the 2017 season, having made 10 appearances this season and scored his first goal for Richmond August 19 in the 2-1 win over Toronto FC II. Bolduc spent the 2016 season with the Harrisburg City Islanders, where he assisted on one goal over 19 appearances. Forward Jackson Eskay (#24) made his fifth appearance of the 2017 season in the Kickers road loss at the Charleston Battery. The William & Mary product signed with the Kickers prior to the 2016 season after a successful showing at the Kickers Pro Combine. On loan from the Kickers MLS affiliate D.C. United, goalkeeper Travis Worra (#48) six saves as the Kickers fell on the road to the Battery in the team’s last outing. Worra has made 19 appearances for United over three seasons where he has recorded four shutouts and making 46 saves.

Rochester: Leading the Rhinos in scoring this season, midfielder Wal Fall (#17) has scored eight goals and added two assists. The cousin of United States Men’s National Team player Jermaine Jones, Fall joined the Rhinos in 2016 after spending 2015 with BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden in the fourth division in Germany. Goalkeeper Tomás Gómez (#23) has recorded nine clean sheets over 20 games this season, which ties him for second in the USL for clean sheets. The former Georgetown Hoya was selected 60th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew, and later signed with the San Jose Earthquakes before joining the Rhinos in 2016. Forward Christiano François (#6) is in his first season with the Rhinos scoring one goal and adding four assists in eight appearances. François saw time with the Kickers in 2014, on loan from D.C. United and scored one goal along with two assists in 13 games.

Ticket deal

It’s Oktoberfest, presented by The Hof at City Stadium on Saturday, September 23!

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 ($18 for Season Ticket Holders) featuring:

• VIP Access to the The Hof Biergarten
• The Hof’s rustic and savory German fare including Brats, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, Brussels Slaw, Pretzels & Assorted Mustards
• Two Oktoberfest craft beers*, or sodas
• Stein Hoisting competition
• Admission to the Richmond Kickers versus Rochester pro game




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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Fatal Accident at Dillard’s in Stony Point Fashion Park

The victim was a maintenance tech working on the escalator.



Details from Richmond Fire Department



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James River Park System has a new Superintendent, Giles Garrison

Giles Garrison was previously an Executive Director for both Groundwork RVA and Storefront for Community Design.



The new Superintendent of the James River Park System is Giles Garrison. Learn about what makes her tick in own words and in a video from Friends of James River Parks.

Courtesy of Friends of James River Parks

Time vs. Day 1

35 million years ago the James River was formed when a massive asteroid hurtled into what is today the Chesapeake Bay, shooting cracks through the Earth’s crust and forming the topography of our state. Water plumed into the air and cascaded across the land, eventually streaming into a three-hundred-and-forty-mile river that runs from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western Virginia, through Richmond, on its way back to the Bay.

15 thousand years ago, mastodon and massive prehistoric beavers roamed the fall line where you and I live. In that time, enormous quadrupeds ruled Richmond’s roost, and humans made their way in tiny nomadic families that survived by their spears and their wits.

416 years ago, two worlds collided when a ragtag group of English colonists found their way to the river’s mouth and sailed into what was then known as the Powhatan River, named for the Chief who maintained a sweeping alliance of diverse Native American societies spanning from the falls East to the Tidewater.

13 years later in 1619 twenty men, the first Africans in British America, stepped from that river onto land at Point Comfort. They were forcibly brought to Virginia by European traders to become the labor in the Giles campingcolony’s brutal plantation economy.

The James River tells the story of the people who lived America’s tumultuous and violent beginning.

What stories does the James tell us today? I bet you have one.

30 years ago, during a winter like this one, my brother and I set out to pull a log out of the James River at Flat Rock, which is what we called the big flat rock under the Nickel Bridge. What I remember is that while we were extremely professional, we quickly were in water up to our waists and our parents decided we had better head home. Stu and I took the log with us, all the way up 42nd Street to our house on Springhill Avenue. My stepdad made us each Honorary River Rat Club certificates which we hung on the kitchen wall.

The James River Park System is many things to Richmond, and it has been many things to me. My favorite time of year is when the paw paws turn yellow and seem to hover in the air over the Buttermilk Trail, making you feel transported to a magical place. Sometimes when I walk along parts of the Pipeline or the trails at Ancarrows Landing, I feel the hauntedness of the James River, the experience of acute loss that occurred here for Richmond’s African-American forebears. This is a part of our origin story.Giles overlooking the T-Pott bridge

The story continues to unfold. Running the Park’s trails and climbing Manchester Wall have been some of the most joyful times in my life because they happen in a place that is completely unique to Richmond and for all to enjoy. The James River Park System is place where you can lose yourself and find yourself, in company or on your own, always in nature. Today this Park, and all of our parks, are places where reconciliation and reconnection are possible.

When I think of the footsteps I follow on day one of this amazing job, I feel a great sense of humility. Ralph White, a true river spirit in tall white socks, sits among the pantheon of great Richmond leaders this city has seen. Nathan Burrell, superintendent #2, was a hands-on reformer and has long been a role model to me, and I hope will continue to be a mentor. Bryce Wilk, our most recent Superintendent, is a rising star in Richmond’s Parks Department and continues in the role of Manager of Southern District Operations. I’m overjoyed to step into the #4 spot as a Superintendent in this sacred place, and to work with you, Reader, to leave it better than we find it.

I hope we’ll be talking, whether it’s in the Park or in an email. I’d love to hear your river story. You can email me at [email protected] or post a picture on Instagram and tag @rvaparksandrec, @jamesriverpark, and @jrpsrichmond.

Thanks for sharing, happy New Year to you, and be safe out there.


I’ve been reading The River Where America Began, by Bob Deans.  Most of the history above is drawn from that book, which a great read about the James River and its people over time.



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Change Coming to Positive Vibe Cafe

A new restaurant will be taking over Positive Vibe Cafe but still provide hands-on training for those with physical and development disabilities.



From Positive Vibe Cafe’s Facebook

Well as we kept struggling to find a safe time to open The Cafe this past year, a new option has appeared. We were contacted by a west end restaurant (to be named soon) in October that was unhappy where they were located and interested in partnering with us at our location. Our Board met and we have decided to accept their offer, as long as our Training Program would continue at the location. Of course, our nonprofit mission was always focused on providing training for young adults with disabilities and that will continue. We look forward to this partnership and wanted to let everyone know the good news. The name of the restaurant and more details to follow. Stay tuned….

The Positive Vibe Café (2825 Hathaway Road) has been providing hands-on training & meaningful employment in food services to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities for the past. Founded in 2002, since 2004, Positive Vibe Café has trained over 1500 students, all with scholarships.



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