Three things to kickabout
- Goals – There are 28 teams in USL. Currently, the Kickers are in a three-way tie for the least amount of goals scored in the league with 22. Reno has the most goals with an impressive 69. Reno’s conversion rate sits at 20% the Kickers at 9%. Not too tough to see what needs to be fixed next season.
- Attendance – Despite the abysmal goal scoring statistic the Kickers are on pace to break their yearly attendance record. Currently averaging 4,531 fans per game, the Kickers need an attendance of 5,000 at this Sunday’s game against Orlando to bring the average per game attendance to an unprecedented 4,557, which would be an increase of 13% over 2016 and a 71% increase since 2013. That is the highlight of this year.
- Last Game – It will be months before you’ll be able to see live professional soccer in Richmond. You need to be at this game.
The Kickers will want to end at home on a positive note and will do so with a win. Kickers 2 – Orlando City B 1.
Official Kickers preview
The Richmond Kickers (7-14-8) close out their 2017 home slate this Sunday as they host Orlando City B (9-8-12) at City Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. and can be streamed online through the USL Match Center. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. to prove that RVA is RED with live music by the Hit List, RVA food trucks and over 20 craft beers on tap. Fans that wear red to the match can have a beer on us. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
Heading into the third and final meeting of the 2017 season, the Kickers hold a 2-1-1 advantage in the overall series over OCB. The clubs first met back on August 12 at City Stadium, where the visitors escaped with all three points after Pierre Da Silva was able to find Hadji Barry at the top of the box and he calmly put the ball past Matt Turner. Richmond would seek revenge September 7, claiming a victory at Orlando City Stadium as Mikey Minutillo scored his first goal for the Kickers followed by Sunny Jane converting a free kick opportunity just before halftime as the Kickers earned their first road victory of the season.
Richmond will look to continue with their winning ways after claiming a 1-0 victory over the Rochester Rhinos last Saturday night at City Stadium. Travis Worra picked up his first-ever career assist in the 80th minute as he picked out Mikey Minutillo making a well-timed run in behind the Rhinos backline. Minutillo was able to get enough of a tough around the defender to get a shot off and find the back of the net for his second goal of the season, and the game winner. Worra earned his third shutout of the season, and the team’s sixth.
Orlando City B took a dramatic victory at home, claiming a 2-1 win over the Charleston Battery last Saturday. Lewis Neal fed the ball up for Pierre Da Silva and he let a shot go from about 30 yards out to open up the scoring in the 31st minute. Charleston clawed their way back into the match, leveling the score in the 81st minute through Heviel Cordoves. Neal would come to the rescue for OCB in the 87th minute as he put away a shot by Timbo that was initially saved by the Battery to seal the victory.
The Kickers will hit the road for two road matches to close out their 25th anniversary season, first traveling to Saint Louis FC Saturday, October 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. A week later the Kickers will finish off the season as they take a trip to Louisville Slugger Field to take on Louisville City FC. Both matches will be available live on the Kickers official television partners WTVR CBS 6 via their 6.3 sub channel (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) on on the USL Match Center. Keep up to date with the Kickers online at RichmondKickers.com and on social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richmond: Named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 27, team captain William Yomby (#2) helped the Kickers to their sixth shutout of the 2017 season after the 1-0 win over the Rochester Rhinos last Saturday night. The Cameroonian defender joined the Kickers in 2009, making 235 appearances and scoring 11 goals while adding five assists during his time in Richmond. Forward Mikey Minutillo (#20) scored his second goal of the season in the Kickers last outing against Rochester. His first goal came on the road against this same Orlando team as Richmond took their first road win of the season. The Penn State product has made 11 appearances, including five starts since joining the Kickers after the start of the season. Midfielder Fred Owusu Sekyere (#4) leads the team in assists with three this season along with scoring two goals. The former VCU Ram is in his third season with the Kickers where he has played in 83 games since joining the Kickers.
Orlando: Midfielder Lewis Neal (#24) was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 27 after scoring assisting on the opening goal and then scoring a late game winner at home against the Charleston Battery last Saturday. Captaining OCB since re-signing with Orlando City SC, Neal has scored two goals over 21 games this season. Leading OCB in scoring this season, forward Hadji Barry (#13) has found the back of the net on eight occasions through 15 games this season. Now in his second season with Orlando City SC, Barry was drafted 13th overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Central Florida. Midfielder Pierre Da Silva (#98) has scored three goals in 23 appearances this season, including the second goal during the home win for OCB over Charleston. Featuring in the Orlando City Pro Academy, Da Silva joined OCB in 2016.
Pack City Stadium and prove RVA is RED at the Kickers final home game this Sunday, October 1!
The first 50 fansLess than 20 remain! ORDER NOW and get a ticket to Sunday’s game AND a limited edition adidas t-shirt (MSRP $25) for just $15!
TICKET + ADIDAS T-SHIRT = $15
Sizes are limited and while supplies last. Orders will be available to pick up at Will Call this Sunday, October 1st. Orders will no longer be shipped.
Don’t worry if you don’t get this deal. Anyone wearing red coming into the stadium will get a free ticket for a beverage of your choice and yes that includes adult beverages.
James River Park System Update from Bryce Wilk, Superintendent
Through June 30, 2020: 1,076,873 James River Park has had visitors. The same date in 2019: 975,433 visitors. The current staff devoted to James River Park is 5.
The James River Park is getting heavy use but that’s not all that’s going on in the park. Here’s what Bryce Wilk, Superintendent has to say.
- The JRPS is seeing visitors at a higher rate than any other year ever! Through June 30, 2020: 1,076,873 visitors. Same date in 2019: 975,433 visitors. This despite all the restrictions in place during the stay at home orders due to Covid 19 this past spring and early summer. Close to a quarter million visitors in the month of June alone.
- JRPS staff and local paddling groups installed new Dam Hazard Signs and Buoys between Huguenot Flatwater and Z-Dam to better warn people of the dangers of Z-Dam and the river.
- JRPS hired parking attendants to ticket all illegally parked vehicles at Pony Pasture Rapids Park on weekends and holidays.
- During the closure of public facilities, JRPS took the opportunity to upgrade the bathroom at Pony Pasture with new flooring and paint.
- JRPS added parking lines in the parking lot to help guide and organize vehicle parking.
- Currently we only have 5 full time staff members dedicated solely to the James River Park System, James River Park System relies on volunteers to keep this park beautiful.
- JRPS is providing volunteer opportunities for river clean ups at Pony Pasture specifically through https://www.handsonrva.org/.
- If people are interested in volunteering on their own or have any questions, Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew Mason can provide resources and equipment. His email is [email protected]
- Please visit https://jamesriverpark.org/ and http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/ for the latest updates and safety information about the James River Park System and Richmond’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.
Suspects Sought in Commercial Burglary on Jahnke Road
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, an unknown male broke into the Shell Gas Station in the 6200 block of Jahnke Road.
Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photos who are suspects in a commercial burglary that last month.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, an unknown male broke into the Shell Gas Station in the 6200 block of Jahnke Road. Security footage shows two suspects driving a van and parking near the side of the building.
One male broke a window to gain access into the business and stole several cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets. The suspects then fled. Damage to the van is pictured and circled in red.
Anyone with information is asked to call Third Precinct Detective H. Truong at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Little Nickel and Crossroads “Should” Reopen Next Week
Not back to normal but a step in that direction.
Two neighborhood favorites are set to come out of Covid-19 hibernation.
Little Nickel made this announcement on Facebook along with the slick looking deck addition you see above.
we’re almost back and this time with a bit of outdoor seating! ~ we’ll be making an announcement on monday about our opening date ~ we’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to reopen our tropical paradise safely, thank you so much for your support throughout this process ~
A little birdie told me that the announcement on Monday will be a Wednesday opening. Little birdies are known to be wrong but I trust this one.
Crossroads is not as precise. They’re planning for mid-July. Work is going on to complete a couple projects. Once those wrap up they’ll be pivoting to take out only for a bit.
Next week is mid-July so I’m hopeful that our favorite little coffee shop will be back in action.