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Preview: Kickers vs Penn FC

After a horrible road trip the Kickers are back at home hoping to salvage a few points in the tail-end of the season.

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MATCH DETAILS

Opponent: Penn FC (6-8-8)
Date/Time:
 Saturday, Aug. 15th – 7 PM
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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Playing for Pride – The Kickers for the second straight year will watching the USL Playoffs from home. Hopefully, they can salvage a bit of pride in the remaining matches.
  2. Roadtrip – The team had four of their last five games on the road. They failed to score a goal in five games and as one would expect lost all five games. The team bus was spotted pulling into city stadium after the latest defeat in Ottawa.
  3. Defense – As mentioned above the Kickers failed to score any goals in the past five games. At the same time, the defense crumbled and allowed 11 into the net. That means the Kickers goal differential now sits at a staggering -27. There is only one team in the entire league with more awful and that’s Toronto FCII with -28. Richmond lost to Toronto FCII on Sunday by one goal.

PREDICTION

I want the Kickers to win. I know the players, coach, and staff want to win but this season and team are done. Send out players just to get playing time, try new formations. Wins are simply not in cards.

Penn FC 2 – Kickers 1

My Home Games W/L prediction record to date: 50% correct

KICKERS OFFICIAL PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (5-14-3) return home to City Stadium this Saturday night to host Penn FC (6-8-8) along with Family Fest, presented by WTVR CBS 6 and Bounce 2 the Moon. The party starts at 5:30 pm with a one-of-a-kind fun zone featuring human foosball, giant soccer darts and a 24-foot double drop slide, live music, RVA food trucks, ice cream, and over a dozen craft beers on tap. Admission is just $25 for the entire family before 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

Saturday will be the final meeting between the Kickers and Penn FC this season. The first of the three  previous meetings this season came in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup May 23, which saw the Kickers take the victory behind a Luiz Fernando brace and an insurance goal by Heviel Cordovés. Richmond made the first of two trips up to Penn June 12, where the home side took a 2-1 victory with goals from Isaac Osae and Dan Metzger. A late stoppage time goal from Cordovés pulled one back for the Kickers. A month later the Kickers took the trip back up to Harrisburg, with new head coach David Bulow at the helm for his second match since taking over the role. Scott Thomsen delivered an ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 free kick to put the Kickers in front after 32 minutes. Luiz Fernando netted a second for the Kickers in the 74th minute, putting away a cross from Brian Shriver. Lucky Mkosana converted a penalty kick to get Penn on the board, but it was not enough as the Kickers took their first win on the road along with the first win under Bulow. Richmond still holds a strong advantage in the overall series at 21-7-9, dating back to the 2006 season.

Richmond concluded their Canadian road trip Wednesday night in Ottawa, falling to the Fury 0-2. This match saw the debut of recent signing Prince Agyemang in the midfielder for the Kickers. Ottawa took the lead after eight minutes as Carl Haworth snuck in a free kick into the near post. Tony Taylor make it 2-0 in favor of the hosts with six minutes to go in the second half. The result came as a blow to Richmond, who held a dominating 70-30 possession throughout the match.

Penn FC took a narrow 0-1 defeat on the road to FC Cincinnati Sunday night at Nippert Stadium. Despite outshooting Cincinnati 15-11 on the evening, it was the Eastern Conference leaders that took the advantage with ten minutes to go. Emmanuel Ledesma played in a free kick that took a deflection off Penn forward Lucky Mkosana and away from keeper Romuald Peiser for the game’s only goal.

The Kickers will be back at City Stadium next Saturday night to host Louisville City FC and the Craft Beer Fest, presented by Loveland. The party starts at 5:30pm with live music, RVA food trucks, local breweries and over 30 craft beers on tap. Arrive early for access to the VIP beer garden to meet and mingle with local brewers. Then, the Kickers take the field to battle Louisville at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that match are on sale at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Midfielder Prince Agyemang (#38) made his Kickers debut Wednesday night in Ottawa, playing the full 90 minutes. The Right to Dream Academy product joins the Kickers following a stint with Ontinyent CF in Spain. Defender Mallan Roberts (#15) made his third straight start Wednesday after missing the majority of the season due to injury. The Canadian International is in his second season in Richmond, scoring one goal and amassing nearly 3,000 minutes over his two seasons. Midfielder Neil Hlavaty (#7) made his return to the Kickers lineup, making his eighth start and ninth appearance this season. Hlavaty came to Richmond after spending the 2017 season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Penn: Defender Ken Tribbett (#4) has been a strong on both sides of the ball for Penn this season, netting five goals and contributing towards five clean sheets in 17 games. Tribbett rejoined Penn this season after splitting time between the Philadelphia Union and their USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC the last two seasons. Forward Tommy Heineman (#29) made his return to action for Penn FC Sunday night in Cincinnati after dealing with injury issues stemming back to their match against the Kickers on July 9. Heineman has 11 appearances for the Blue and White this season, notching three goals. Midfielder Richard Menjivar (#14)fuels the Penn FC midfield this season, posting a team leading four assists over 19 games this season. The Panorama City, CA native joined Penn this season following six appearances for the New York Cosmos in 2017.

TABLE

There are 16 teams in the Eastern Conference, somehow the Kickers are not sitting at the absolute bottom and have a good chance of not being the absolute worst team in the East.

TICKET DEAL

It’s FAMILY FEST at City Stadium on Saturday, August 18, presented by CBS 6 and Bounce 2 The Moon!

Admission is just $25 for the whole family before 6:30 p.m. That’s right – simply purchase one $25 ticket and gain admission for the entire family!

The party starts at 5:30 pm with a one-of-a-kind fun zone featuring human foosball, giant soccer darts and a 24-foot double drop slide, live music, RVA food trucks, ice cream, and over a dozen craft beers on tap!

Then, get loud when YOUR Richmond Kickers battle Penn FC at 7pm.

GET TICKETS HERE

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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
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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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