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Preview: Kickers vs Charlotte

This Saturday fans will see how much Wednesday’s Open Cup game drained the team.

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MATCH DETAILS

Opponent: Charlotte Independence (4-3-2)
Date/Time:
 Saturday, May 26th – 7 PM
Weather Forecast:  Hight of 87°, Cloudy earlier in the day with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Chance of rain 50%
Tailgate & Red Army Forecast: Memorial Day weekend means lots of folks will be at the pool, but that is countered by the fact that this game is dog-friendly. I think it’ll be a pretty good turnout as long as the weather stays not horrible. (3 Grills out of 5). The Red Army gave it their all on Wednesday so they’ll be a little tired. Plus the previously mentioned pool parties will cut into their numbers.  (2 Smoke Bombs out of 5)

THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Who is playing? – The Open Cup was on Wednesday and it was mainly starters on the field. This game will be an early test of the depth of the team. Expect to see a mix of regulars starters and quite a few names that you don’t usually see.
  2. Hitting their stride – The past two home games the Kickers have shown they’ve got the goods to win. They’re playing much better soccer and actually, have an offense this year. If this trend continues it’ll be a happy time in City Stadium.
  3. Defense, we got none – On Wednesday during the Open Cup the Kickers went into the half with a 2-0 lead. Two unanswered goals later it’s suddenly an exciting match. Luckily the Kickers got another goal and won. In the previous Open Cup match the Kickers went up 1-0 early gave up a goal and eventually went to penalty kicks for the win. Giving up goals when you’ve got the lead is a dangerous game that the Kickers need to stop playing.

PREDICTION

The wear and tear of so many games close together will show it’s toll on the Kickers as they run out of gas and give up a late goal to allow the visitors to tie.

Kickers 1 – Charlotte 1

My Home Games W/L prediction record to date: 83% correct

KICKERS OFFICIAL PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (3-4-1) welcome the Charlotte Independence (4-3-2) to City Stadium on Saturday for Red, White and Brews night, presented by Impawsible Pups. The dog-friendly wine and beer fest starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Dr. Con, 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 Kickers take the field to face the Independence at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com and the game will be streamed through ESPN+.

Richmond and Charlotte have met ten times in the all-time series. The Independence hold the advantage with a record of 5-2-3 against the Kickers. Richmond has been shutout in the last five appearances vs. Charlotte. The Kickers last won in 2015 when they were powered by goals from Jason Yeisley and Matthew Delicâte in the 2-1 victory.

The Kickers will be looking to keep the momentum rolling from a 3-2 win over USL foe, Penn FC in the U.S. Open Cup this past Wednesday. Luiz Fernando was the difference maker early. He notched his first goal of the 2018 season in the 13th minute off a brilliant long ball from Conor Shanosky. Fernando again found the back of the net in the 22nd minute when Yudai Imura spotted him unmarked in the box. Fernando’s left-footed strike gave Richmond a 2-0 lead early in the first half. Penn FC responded with a Jorge Rivera goal in the 36th minute. Rivera again beat Trevor Spangenberg in the 60th minute to level the contest. Richmond tallied its game-winner in the 83rd minute when Austin Yearwood found a wide open Heviel Cordovés in front of goal. Yearwood notched his team-leading third assist on the play.

This is the first of four straight games on the road for Charlotte. The Independence are coming off a 2-1 victory at home over Toronto FC II last Saturday. Jorge Herrera opened the scoring when he sent a penalty kick home in the 28th minute. Eamon Zayed doubled Charlotte’s lead in the 49th minute when he connected on a header played in from Mutaya Mwape. Toronto added a late goal, but the Independence held on for their second straight USL win.

Following Saturday’s match, the Kickers will stay home to host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds next Saturday, June 2 for Food Truck Fest. RVA’s iconic food trucks will headline the event with local favorites including Carytown Burgers & Fries, Sticks Kebob Shop, Freekin’ Rican, Backyard Grill, Intergalactic Tacos, Opa, Goatacado and Gelati Celesti, serving legendary tacos, made-to-order burgers, island flavors, authentic Greek fare, and heavenly hand-made ice cream. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Forward Luiz Fernando (#71) made his presence felt in the U.S. Open Cup win over Penn FC. Fernando scored his first two goals of the season to give the Kickers an early advantage. The Brazilian now has five goals in his Kickers’ career. Forward Brian Shriver (#21)came on as a substitute in 66th minute on Wednesday. Shriver has started all eight games in USL play so far this year, and he is tied for the lead on the Kickers with two goals. Defender Conor Shanosky (#5) excelled from every aspect of the game against Penn FC. Shanosky passed at a 91.7 percent clip and won 75 percent of his duels. The Pittsburgh native collected his first assist of the year and played another beautiful ball to Yudai Imura who assisted Fernando’s second goal of the match.

Charlotte: Forward Jorge Herrera (#10) leads the Independence with five goals so far this season. Herrera’s five goals are the third most in the USL this year. Herrera (age 37) began his playing days in his native Colombia 17 years ago with the Independiente Santa Fe. Defender Joel Johnson (#22) has started all nine USL games for Charlotte this year, amassing a team-high 809 minutes. Johnson is also tied for the team-lead with two assists. Johnson played in one La Liga game in 2010 with Valencia. Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra (#50) has made seven starts and tallied nine saves in that time this year. Dykstra is a local product, playing his college ball at VCU while also playing with the now dissolved Richmond Kickers Future. He appeared with the Kickers on loan several times, last in 2016.

TABLE

At least the part that includes the Kickers. There are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference.

TICKET DEAL

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a Cookout at City Stadium, presented by Impawsible Pups, on Saturday, May 26th!
The dog-friendly wine and beer fest starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Dr. Con, 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 for just $18 ($12 for Season Ticket Holders):
  • Exclusive access to the VIP Cookout
  • Two famous hot dogs and chips from Joey’s Hot Dogs
  • Two craft beers, or sodas
  • Admission to the Richmond Kickers vs Charlotte Independence

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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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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

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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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From RPD:

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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Artist Keith Ramsey Uses his Welder to Help Healthcare Workers

People are pitching in to help fight COVID-19. Local artist Keith Ramsey was able to pivot his skills in an amazing way.

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Keith Ramsey is a multi-talented artist. In addition to fine art painting he also has a more industrial tact with some of his work that uses metal and a welder. It’s because of this background and his generous nature that the following story is not surprising in the least.

In Keith’s own words:

Last Monday someone contacted me with an issue. They needed a welder to help put together @12+ racks for a medical facility to help sterilize much needed medical supplies to help with the influx of COVID19 patients to come.

I had projects already in the workshop, but before he could get halfway into asking if I could help, It was already a hard “YES.”

After about a week of straight 9-hour days and more welding in a short amount of time I have ever done, we got the racks out the door!

The thing about that is, I was proud to be able to do something… anything, I could do to help in this crisis our nation, and the world, is facing. It was a small part by comparison to what others are doing and sacrificing, but it was what I personally could do with the resources I had.

I believe THAT’S how we are going to beat COVID19 back. Everyone doing what they can, when they can to help out. Because, as we all know, this thing doesn’t care about who you are, who you vote for, where you’re from and what you look like.

And we need to be the same way to combat this.
That’s my two cents. #metalsupermarkets #ramseyartworks

You can check Keith’s work at Ramsey Art Works.

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