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Preview: Kickers vs Louisville

After a crazy game last week the Kickers are at home again. This time the task will be a little tougher as they face Louisville City FC who sit in third in the Eastern Division.

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MATCH DETAILS

Opponent: Louisville City FC (12-4-7)
Date/Time:
 Saturday, Aug. 15th – 7 PM
Weather Forecast from Weather.com:

THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Goal – We had them. In a crazy five-goal game last Saturday the Kickers scored three goals two in the run of play. The last time the Kickers scored three goals was on May 23 against the same Penn FC. The Kickers need to petition the USL to play Penn FC every week. They’ve met three times and walked away with three victories.
  2. Weather – Last week there was a 40 minute weather delay. This week the weather looks perfect. The weather this year for games has ranged from cruddy to deathly humid. Personally I’m looking forward to a nice evening for a change.
  3. In Shriver We Trust – Brian Shriver scored in last week’s game bringing his total goals up to seven for the season. This leads the Kickers. For perspective, the USL goal leader is Thomas Enevoldsen of Orange County with 16.

PREDICTION

I’ve got egg on my face after last week’s prediction. I will happily eat crow again but I’m not sure how the Kickers will fare against a much better Louisville team. Actually I’m pretty sure, it won’t be well.

Louisville 3 – Kickers 0

My Home Games W/L prediction record to date: 45% correct

KICKERS OFFICIAL PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (6-15-3) will host Louisville City FC (12-4-7) Saturday night at City Stadium, along with Craft Beer Fest. The party starts at 5:30pm with live music, RVA food trucks, local breweries and over 30 craft beers on tap. This match will be available to stream through ESPN+. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

The Kickers are still looking for their first victory over Louisville in 8 meetings between the two sides with a record of 0-6-2. Earlier this season, Richmond made the trek to Louisville Slugger Field April 14. Raul Gonzalez set up Brian Shriver to put the Kickers up after 18 minutes. The home side leveled the score from the penalty spot in the 64th minute by Kyle Smith. George Davis IV gave Louisville the victory, scoring in stoppage time.

Richmond ended a five-match scoreless streak Saturday night, taking a 3-2 win over Penn FC at City Stadium. A penalty kick in the 24th minute by Lucky Mkosana gave Penn FC the lead. It was short-lived, when the Kickers would get a penalty of their own three minutes later that Brian Shriver converted. Heviel Cordovés put the Kickers in the lead in the 30th minute. A second penalty for Penn FC would see Cristian Ramirez score from the spot and again level the score. With ten minutes to go, a ball played across goal was controlled by Luiz Fernando, as he took a touch to get it back to Fred Owusu Sekyere for the game-winner.

Louisville took a midweek trip to take on the Charlotte Independence at the Sportsplex at Matthews Wednesday night, picking up a 3-0 win. Cameron Lancaster put the visitors up after 13 minutes, converting a penalty kick. Lancaster doubled the lead for Louisville in the 30th minute from a Kyle Smith assist. Jacob Sands set up Luke Spencer for the third goal for Louisville sealing the three points.

Following Saturday night’s match, the Kickers will have a quick turnaround as they travel to take on USL newcomers Nashville SC Tuesday night down at First Tennessee Park at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. That match will be available on the Kickers Official Television Partners WTVR CBS 6 on their 6.3 sub channel (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online on ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Forward Brian Shriver (#21) scored a goal and added an assist in the Kickers 3-2 victory over Penn FC Saturday night. Shriver leads the Kickers in both goals and assists this season with 7 apiece. Midfielder Fred Owusu Sekyere (#4) netted the game winner Saturday night in the 80th minute. The Ghanian is in his fourth season with the Kickers, having made 91 appearances. Midfielder Luiz Fernando (#71) made the run and had the play to set up the third goal against Penn FC. Now in his third season in Richmond, the Brazilian has scored six goals and added four goals over 69 appearances.

Louisville: Forward Cameron Lancaster (#9) is second in the USL in goals scored with 15 goals after netting two more goals in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at Charlotte. The former Tottenham Hotspur Academy player is in his fourth season in Louisville. Midfielder Oscar Jimenez (#19) leads the club in assists with 7 this season. The Mount Vernon, WA native is in his second season with Louisville. Goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh (#1) has appeared in every match this season for Louisville, posting 8 clean sheets. Out of a four year career at Mercer University, Ranjitsingh joined Louisville in their inaugural season in 2015.

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 Craft Beer Fest at City Stadium on Saturday, August 25!  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 – and HAVE A BEER (OR TWO) ON US! 

Then, experience the excitement and atmosphere at City Stadium when the Kickers battle Louisville City FC at 7:00 p.m.

$16 = ADMISSION + 2 DRINK TICKETS

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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