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Preview: Kickers vs. Red Bulls 2

This is last in a three-game home stretch for your Richmond Kickers. Read up on what to expect from Saturday’s game.



Game Info

Kickers vs. Red Bulls 2
City Stadium
Saturday, April 7th, Kickoff 5 PM

Three Things to Kickabout

  1. Weather:  The weather last week was perfect this week it will be perfect if you’re a penguin. It looks to be downright unpleasant. Rain…mixing with snow in the afternoon. Some sleet may mix in. High 47F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. This could make for an ugly game or an epic snow game that goes down in Kickers’ history.
  2. In Shriver We Trust:  Forward Brian Shriver hasn’t scored yet but has assisted on two of three goals this year including the game-winner over NCFC. He also drew the penalty for the third goal. This means he played a part in every goal so far this season. Is Brian stepping up becoming the leader of this team? Time will tell.
  3. Support: Attendance for Saturday’s game will be down because it’s a well-known fact that your local Richmond residents melt in the rain. Dissolving like precious little sugar cubes to be washed away. That being said the Kickers are doing everything they can to make City Stadium more a part of the fabric of Richmond’s life. Starting Sunday, April 22nd, the Carytown Farmers Market will be taking place at City Stadium. Perhaps a few shoppers will come to the realization that soccer games take place at their farmers market and will come to a couple games. Even if they don’t it’s nice to see how much the Kickers are part of the community.


Last week was a game of two halves. The first had the Kickers down by one but they came back strong with a 2-1 victory. This confidence will carry over. Honestly, this game is most likely to be a drab affair with teams not being able to control the ball due to conditions. On the other hand, those conditions could lead to slick goalkeeper fingers and baskets of goals. With my prediction, you can see which scenario I’m betting on.

Kickers 1 NYRB2 0

My W/L prediction record to date: 100% correct

Kickers Official Preview

The Richmond Kickers (1-2-0) will be seeking their second win in a row this Saturday night as they host New York Red Bulls II (2-1-0) at 5:00 p.m. The party starts at 3:00 p.m. when the gates open at City Stadium for the I Heart Carytown Craft Beer Festival with live music from Pretty Ugly, a mini-Carytown marketplace featuring locally-owned restaurants, food trucks and handcrafted items from Carytown boutiques, 20+ craft beers on tap and the Kickers pro game versus New York Red Bulls II at 5:00 p.m. to showcase why Carytown is the best place to Eat, Shop and Play. The match will be available to stream online at Tickets are on sale now at

Both teams have met on six occasions with the Kickers taking two victories, while falling to the Red Bulls II three times and drawing once. New York bested the Kickers in two occasions in 2017, winning by a 1-0 margin in both matches. The first meeting came as just the second match of the season April 1 on the road at MSU Soccer Park, with Zeiko Lewis putting the home side up just after an hour for the only goal of the match. A 38th minute goal from Brandon Allen, now with Bethlehem Steel FC, was enough to secure the first-ever victory for the club on the road at City Stadium June 3.

With two goals in the second half, the Richmond Kickers clinched their first three points in 2018 against North Carolina FC last Saturday night at City Stadium.  A 77th minute penalty, drawn by Brian Shriver and converted by Yudai Imura, kickstarted the comeback and a 83rd minute backheel finish by Raul Gonzalez from a cross by Shriver placed the Richmond Kickers in pole position. Travis Worra came up with a massive save in stoppage time to preserve the home victory. Shriver earned a spot in the USL Team of the Week for Week 3 with his performance throughout the match including the game winning assist.

In their second win of the season, NYRB II claimed a lopsided 5-2 win over the Charleston Battery at Red Bull Arena this past Saturday afternoon. Brian White opened the scoring in the 44th minute, converting a penalty kick opportunity just before the halftime whistle. Andrew Tinari and Benjamin Mines scored in the 47th and 50th minutes respectively to extend the lead. Despite a second half brace from Tah Anunga, the Battery would not be able to get back into the match after two goals from Armando Moreno, ensuring the victory for the home side.

Richmond will embark on their second road trip of the season Saturday, April 14 as they travel to face the defending USL Champions, Louisville City FC at Louisville Slugger Field. The match will be available on the Kickers Official Television Partners WTVR CBS 6 via their 6.3 sub channel (Comcast  206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online at The Kickers return to City Stadium Wednesday, April 25 as Toronto FC II comes to town. Tickets are available now at


Richmond: Forward Brian Shriver (#21) contributed two assists in the first three matches of the season and has started every game in his first season at the club after stints at Jacksonville Armada FC and North Carolina FC. Midfielder Yudai Imura (#14) scored his first goal of the campaign last Saturday against North Carolina FC, converting a penalty kick in the 77th minute.  Imura has started every game entering into his fourth season with the Kickers and is coming off 18 starts in 23 games played in the 2017 season.  Goalkeeper Travis Worra (#48) is set to start his fourth game of the season after amassing six saves, including a crucial breakaway save to preserve a 2-1 lead over North Carolina FC in his previous three starts of the 2018 campaign.  Worra has spent the last three seasons on loan with the Kickers from their MLS affiliate club, D.C. United.
NYRB II: With three goals in three games played, midfielder Andrew Tinari (#36) leads the NYRB II side in goals and chances created.  Scoring a second half brace against Toronto FC II, Tinari helped bring NYRB II to victory in the opening match of the season. The seventh homegrown signing for NYRB, Benjamin Mines (#52) has two starts to open the 2018 season contributing one goal and an assist along with seven key passes for the USL side. The seventeen year old signed with the MLS side in January of 2018. Goalkeeper Evan Louro (#24) has started his 2018 season with 13 saves so far with a save success rate of 68.4 percent.  Louro saved a penalty on opening day in a comeback victory for the NYRB II, keeping the TFC II’s lead to a single goal.

Ticket Deal

Tickets to the I Heart Carytown Craft Beer Festival are $15 per person and includes festival admission, a ticket to the Kickers game and a drink ticket that can be redeemed for any of the craft beers on tap, or an ice-cold lemonade.  The first 200 fans through the gate will also receive an exclusive sampling of small plates from some of Carytown’s eclectic restaurants.
A portion of every I Heart Carytown Craft Beer Festival ticket purchased will directly benefit the Carytown Merchants Association. Tickets are on sale now at



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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