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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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From RPD:

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.

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Little Nickel and Crossroads “Should” Reopen Next Week

Not back to normal but a step in that direction.

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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.

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