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Women’s Professional Soccer Kicking it in City Stadium on Saturday

Eight USWNT (United States Women’s National Team) will be playing in Richmond.

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Professional soccer returns to City Stadium this Saturday. The Richmond Kickers faithful have to wait another week for the local team take the field but some of the world’s best women soccer players will be in town. A total of eight USWNT (United States Women’s National Team) will be playing.
Tickets are $20 and well worth it.
Some of the world’s best players are coming to Richmond for the first time ever this Saturday, March 17 when the National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit hosts the defending regular season champions North Carolina Courage at City Stadium. The party starts at 5:30pm with live music by Spider Kelly, RVA food trucks and craft beer on tap before the game kicks off at 7pm with nearly 4,000 tickets already out for the historic match.  Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
U.S. Women’s National Team players scheduled to appear in the game for Washington include: 2018 NWSL College Draft No. 1 pick Andi Sullivan, 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year Ashley Hatch, defender Taylor Smith and forward Mallory Pugh.
U.S. Women’s National Team players scheduled to appear for North Carolina include: defender Abby Dahlkemper; midfielder McCall Zerboni; and forwards Crystal Dunn and Lynn Williams.
Washington also selected Canadian international defender/midfielder Rebecca Quinn with the No. 3 overall pick in the NWSL College Draft out of Duke University. With Quinn, the five U.S. internationals, as well as returning midfielders Yanara Aedo (Chile) and Estefania Banini (Argentina), and forward Francisca Ordega (Nigeria), the Spirit roster feature nine total players who are members of their respective national teams.
In addition, the Spirit returns several top performers from last season. Just a few of the team’s key returning players include: defender Estelle Johnson, who was named to the NWSL Team of the Month twice in 2017; midfielder Havana Solaun, who scored five goals and led the team with four assists in her first season with the club; and midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard, who led the team in passing as a rookie.
Midfielder Tori Huster, the longest tenured Spirit player, enters her sixth season with the club after joining in 2013 ahead of the inaugural NWSL season. Six other players: Johnson, Ordega, goalkeeper Kelsey Wys, defenders Whitney Church and Caprice Dydasco, and midfielderJoanna Lohman are each entering their fourth seasons in Washington.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to bring the NWSL to Richmond’s historic City Stadium,” said Spirit Head Coach and General Manager Jim Gabarra. “We look forward to hosting such a quality side in the Courage and are sure all that attend will be treated to an entertaining match.”
“We are thrilled that the Kickers’ new long-term lease for City Stadium now allows the club to attract high profile events year-round,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “The Courage and Spirit rosters are comprised of numerous national team players who have represented their countries on the international stage and this is a fantastic opportunity for the RVA community to see many of the world’s best players right here at City Stadium. We are delighted to collaborate with the Washington Spirit, North Carolina Courage, and Richmond Strikers to bring this world-class match to Richmond.”
In partnership with the Richmond Strikers, the match was planned to serve as the marquee game during this weekend’s prestigious Jefferson Cup Girls Weekend, a major economic impact event for the RVA region each spring, which hosts to more than 5,000 players and 350 participating teams.
The game will provide youth players in town for the Jefferson Cup – and fans from throughout the Richmond area – with the opportunity to watch some of the best professional players in the world, including multiple U.S. Women’s National Team members and other international stars.

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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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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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Suspects Sought in Commercial Burglary on Forest Hill Avenue

At approximately 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, officers responded to the S&K Mini Mart in the 3400 block of Forest Hill Avenue for a burglary alarm that had just gone off. Once on scene, police found the front glass window smashed in.

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At approximately 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, officers responded to the S&K Mini Mart in the 3400 block of Forest Hill Avenue for a burglary alarm that had just gone off. Once on scene, police found the front glass window smashed in.

Security video shows the two adult male suspects using a lead pipe to break the window and get inside the business. They went directly behind the counter and stole cigarettes and money. The suspects left the same way they came in.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to call Second Precinct Detective J. Thondique at (804) 646-8170 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.

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