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Preview: Kickers vs Penn FC in Round 3 of U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup

Two reasons to see this game: 1) Some of the most exciting Kickers games have been Open Cup battles. 2)Soccer on Wednesday means you’ve got an excuse to put off household chores, drink beer, and yell at athletes.

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MATCH DETAILS

Opponent: Penn FC 
Date/Time:
 Wednesday, May 23th – 7 PM
Weather Forecast:  Hight of 86°, Cloudy with a chance of rain and/or thunderstorms
Tailgate & Red Army Forecast: Despite being one of the best things in soccer attendance will be light on both counts. Having the game on Wednesday night doesn’t help this under-marketed game. (2 Grills out of 5). The Red Army that does show up loves the Open Cup. With less regular folks in attendance, they’ll seem even louder than normal.  (4 Smoke Bombs out of 5)

THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Who is playing? – The Open Cup happens during a busy part of the season. The coaches of both teams have to balance the playing time of all their players. As a result, I have no real idea who will be starting. Throw darts at the roster and you’ll probably have a pretty close prediction.
  2. History – Read what this Open Cup is all about here. It’s awesome and old, really old, we’re talking 1914 old.
  3. Win or go home. – There are no draws in the Open Cup so that means this game will have a winner and a loser. As a result, there could be an extra 30 minutes of playing time in the end and when it comes down to it every single kick matters.

PREDICTION

Both the Kickers and Penn FC struggled against amateur opponents. Without knowing how serious either team is taking this game my prediction is a roll of the dice. The dice, however, are home dice and might be balanced a little in one direction. Home field advantage will make the difference.

Kickers 2 – Rowdies 1

My Home Games W/L prediction record to date: 80% correct

KICKERS OFFICIAL PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers are putting preparations together for the third round match of the U.S. Open Cup against Penn FC. Kickoff is set to take place at 7:00 p.m. from City Stadium. Tickets are now available online at at RichmondKickers.com. The match will be streamed live on RichmondKickers.com/Matchday as well as Facebook.com/RichmondKickers and YouTube.com/RichmondKickers.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is now in its 105th edition. Richmond’s best finish came back in 1995 when the Kickers won the entire tournament as an amateur team. Penn FC, formerly the Harrisburg City Islanders, has made a run to the quarterfinals four times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012) for its best finish in U.S. Open Cup history.

This is the first meeting between the Richmond Kickers and Penn FC under its new name. However, history between the Kickers and the City Islanders goes back to 2006. Richmond holds the all-time lead in the series with a record of 19-6-9. In the 2017 season, each team picked up a win, draw, and loss in the three meetings. In the Kickers win, Conor Shanosky scored the lone goal on a 51st minute header. Richmond and Penn FC are slated to face each other three more times later in the 2018 season during USL play.

The Kickers advanced to the third round of the Open Cup after surviving the second round match against the PDL’s Reading United AC. Koby Osei-Wusu opened the scoring in the 8th minute with his first professional goal. Heviel Cordovés fired a shot that the Reading goalkeeper deflected away for the save. Fortunately for Richmond, the ball fell right at Osei-Wusu’s feet and he found the back of the net. Reading scored an equalizer on Khori Bennett’s 70th minute goal and threatened the rest of the half and into extra-time. Reading outshot Richmond 22-9. At the end of extra-time, the scored remained 1-1 and penalties loomed. Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg played the role of hero when his diving save on Bennett’s penalty shot secured the 4-3 win in penalties for the Kickers.

Penn FC had a scare of their own against an amateur team in the second round of the Open Cup when they were trailing FC Motown 1-0 late in the second half. Motown’s Dilly Duka opened the scoring in the 53rd minute. FC Motown held the lead all the way until the 79th minute. Penn FC’s Miguel Jaime notched the equalizer on a one-time shot from outside the box. A few minutes later, Prince Daffoe put Penn FC in front for good when he blasted a goal past Motown’s goalkeeper Ryan Baird. Pedro Galvao put the finishing touches on the 3-1 win with a goal in stoppage time.

Following the match, the Kickers will return to USL action on Saturday, May 26 against the Charlotte Independence for Red, White and Brews presented by Impawsible Pups at City Stadium. The dog-friendly wine and beer fest starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by The Hit List, pet-centric vendors, over a dozen craft beers on tap, a selection of wines, and legendary hot dogs fresh off the grill from Joey’s Hot Dogs. Then, the two teams will take the field at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Midfielder Koby Osei-Wusu (#24) made a mark with his first professional goal against Reading. Osei-Wusu is currently in his first professional soccer season after finishing his collegiate career at George Washington University in 2017. He is second on the Kickers with seven shots this year. Midfielder Braeden Troyer (#31) has made an immediate impact in his transition from the back line into the midfield. Troyer led the Kickers with seven clearances and six interceptions in the win over Reading. Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg (#1) made the most of his opportunity in front of the net last Wednesday. Spangenberg made five saves and had the decisive stop in penalties to clinch the win for the Kickers. This is Spangenberg’s second run with the Kickers after he appeared with them on loan from New England in 2015.

Penn FC: Forward Tommy Heinemann (#29) leads Penn FC with 17 shots, 10 shots on goal and three goals. The 6-4, 190 pounder has tallied 43 caps in the MLS with the Columbus Crew and Vancouver Whitecaps. Midfielder Miguel Jaime’s (#15) goal in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup bolstered Penn FC to the win. This is Jaime’s first year in the USL after he joined the PDL’s Ocean City Nor’easters in 2017. Defender Kenneth Tribbett (#4) has started seven games and logged 623 minutes, the most on Penn FC. Tribbett returned to Harrisburg after starting his professional career with the Harrisburg Islanders in 2015 and spending the last two years with the Philadelphia Union.

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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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Two Gun Incidents in Two Days in James River Park

There were no injuries and at least two arrests in the incidents.

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In case your COVID-19 internment wasn’t giving you enough to stress about we’ve seen two firearm incidents this week in James River Park.

The first one was reported by RTD.

A man and a woman from Ohio have been accused of discharging a firearm in the James River Park System off Riverside Drive in South Richmond.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, officers were patrolling the park in the 4200 block of Riverside Drive when two people discharged a gun “on the trail area” near the West 42nd Street entrance, the authorities said. The police did not further specify the location in the park, but the area runs along the south side of the James River.

“They were not trying to shoot at anyone else or each other,” said police spokeswoman Chelsea Rarrick. “It was reckless discharge.”

Tony Isaac Jr., 27, of Springfield, Ohio, was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place, possession of a firearm in a city park and possession of a firearm as a felon, police said.

Jayona M. Franklin, 19, of Xenia, Ohio, was charged with discharging a firearm in a public place and possession of a firearm in a city park.

As someone who walks that trail a bunch the fact that “They were not trying to shoot at anyone else or each other,” doesn’t make me feel any better.

The other incident is equally scary and occurred yesterday on Belle Isle.

From the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association Facebook.

A group of 10 or 12 teens hanging out and this young man brandishing a handgun. He was pointing it at hikers, kayakers and yelling “Pop,pop, pop!” Loud enough you could hear him over the rapids. The police showed up but I don’t know what came of it.

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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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