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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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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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