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Preview: Richmond Kickers vs. FC Cincinnati

There are only two home games left for the Richmond Kickers. This one could get ugly for the home side.

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Opponent: FC Cincinnati (21-3-6)
Date/Time:
 Saturday, Sept. 26th – 7 PM
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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. League Name Change – Last home game we talked about the Kickers moving down to USL D3. Since last week USL has changed their names and the Kickers will be moving to USL League 1 or USL1.
  2. Not Good – The Kickers’ goal differential has now reached an impressive (for all the wrong reasons) -42. FC Cincinnati our opponent has a positive goal differential of 32. The worst in the league vs the best in the league.
  3. Cincinnati chili – Cinnamon, cocoa, no beans served on spaghetti noodles. Crime against humanity or delicious treat?

PREDICTION

There are no words to adequately describe how this game is likely to go. So I’ll post this instead.

Kickers 0 – FCC 4

My Home Games W/L prediction record to date: 55% correct

KICKERS OFFICIAL PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (6-20-4) will host the Eastern Conference leaders, FC Cincinnati (21-3-6) at City Stadium Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, RVA food trucks and Happy Hour specials on over 20 ciders and craft beers on tap. This match will be featured as the ESPN Game of the Week live on ESPN3 as well as locally on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466). Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.

Since the inception of FC Cincinnati in 2016, these two clubs have battled to a 0-1-3 record over the last three seasons. The last meeting came earlier this season, as the Kickers made the trip to Nippert Stadium back on June 16, with Cincinnati taking a 2-0 victory. The home side took a 2-0 lead into halftime with goals from Emmanuel Ledesma and Nazmi Albadawi. A goal from Danni König and a second from Ledesma in the second half finished off the scoring for Cincinnati in the first victory for either club in the series.

Richmond is coming off a 0-3 road defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rowdies last Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium. The Kickers held Tampa Bay scoreless in the first half. The Rowdies broke the deadlock in the 49th minute as Hunter Gorskie put away a quick cross by Georgi Hristov. Jaime Chavez doubled the lead in the 57th minute. Junior Flemmings added a third for Tampa Bay three minutes into stoppage time to seal the victory for the Rowdies.

Cincinnati picked up a 2-1 road victory at Penn FC Saturday night, extending their unbeaten streak to 19 matches. Paulo Júnior gave Penn FC the lead in the 33rd minute behind an assist from Harri Hawkins. Emmanuel Ledesma put away a deflected shot from Emery Welshman that the Penn goalkeeper could not control in the 68th minute. Corben Bone scored the game winner in the 84th minute after Nazmi Albadawi won the ball in the midfield.

The Kickers are back on the road this Saturday night as they head down to face North Carolina FC at Sahlen’s Stadium. This match will be available to stream online on ESPN+. Richmond come home to City Stadium October 6 for the final home game of the season for RVA is RED night as Nashville SC comes to town. Wear red and have a drink on us when the party starts at 5:30pm with live music by The Cary Street Ramblers, RVA food trucks and over 20 craft beers on tap. Kickoff for that match is at 7:00 p.m. and will be available live on ESPN+. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Goalkeeper Brandon Barnes (#33) has made his first two professional starts in the last two matches for the Kickers, having made six saves over those matches. Barnes signed with the Kickers after spending the beginning of the 2018 season with the Laredo Heat in the NPSL, where he helped the club to an undefeated season with 10 wins. Forward Brian Shriver (#21) leads the club in both goals and assists this season, with seven apiece in 29 appearances this season. Shriver joined Richmond from the Jacksonville Armada during the off season. Defender Conor Shanosky (#5) played in his 22nd match, and made his 21st start at Tampa Bay, leading the team in six interceptions and two blocks. Shanosky is in his fifth season in Richmond, having made 79 appearances and scored five goals.

Cincinnati: Forward Fanendo Adi (#9) joined Cincinnati as their first-ever MLS designated player signing ahead of the club’s move next season. Adi has scored two goals in seven games for FCC since joining the club from the Portland Timbers. Leading Cincinnati in scoring and the USL in assists, midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma (#45) comes into Wednesday’s match with 14 goals and 15 assists. He came to Cincinnati after making 21 appearances for the New York Cosmos in 2017, scoring ten goals. Defender Forrest Lasso (#3) recorded 14 clearances to help Cincinnati to a 2-1 victory over Penn FC. Lasso signed with Cincinnati this season after four seasons with the Charleston Battery, where he made 53 appearances and scored seven goals.

TABLE

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

TICKET DEAL

It’s Cider Fest at City Stadium on Wednesday, September 26! The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, RVA food trucks and Happy Hour specials on over 20 ciders and craft beers on tap!

HAVE THE FIRST CIDER ON US!
$12 = GAME ADMISSION + CIDER

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

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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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To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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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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