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Preview: Kickers vs Nashville in Home Finale

The last home game in a season that is best thrown into the garbage and quickly forgotten.

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Opponent: Nashville SC (11-9-11)
Date/Time:
 Saturday, Oct 5th – 7 PM
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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Changes – Expect wholesale roster changes next year. Who should stay? Who is willing to stay? What are the Kickers willing to pay? These are all questions we’ll just have to wait and see.
  2. Support Your Local – American pay-to-play top soccer system is inherently unfair. Judging by our USMNT inability to qualify for the World Cup it also isn’t working. Head over to the RTD and read about the Richmond Conexiones‘ effort to bring organized soccer into the local Latinx community.
  3. Kickers 2018 Supporter’s Choice MVPVote here for the best player of the season. If you don’t vote for Shriver, you’re confused.

PREDICTION

Actual footage of me looking on my computer at other USL teams and their fans discussing the playoffs.

I see nothing in the Kickers recent performances that makes me think they’ll end the season on a high note.

Final Score: Nashville 2 – Kickers 0

KICKERS OFFICIAL PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (6-22-4) will close out the home portion of their 2018 schedule Saturday night as Nashville SC (11-9-11) comes to City Stadium. Saturday is RVA is RED Night when the party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music from The Cary Street Ramblers, RVA food trucks and over 20 craft beers on tap. Fans that wear red to the game, the Kickers will buy their first drink. The match will be available to stream through ESPN+. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

This match will be the second meeting between the two clubs, and the first at City Stadium. The Kickers made the trip to Nashville back on August 24 at First Tennessee Park. Tucker Hume put Nashville ahead three minutes before halftime from Michael Reed. Bradley Bourgeois scored the second for the home side in the 48th minute. A third goal would come from Matt LaGrassa in the 57th minute. A brace from Tucker Hume would round out the scoring for Nashville three minutes later.

Richmond is coming off a narrow 2-3 defeat on the road to North Carolina FC last Saturday night. The Kickers got on the front foot with Prince Agyemang putting away a deflected pass from Austin Yearwood in the 30th minute. NCFC responded nine minutes later with Kyle Bekker leveling the score. Just before halftime, Heviel Cordovés scored his seventh goal of the season, tying him with Brian Shriver, who assisted on the goal. Despite the halftime advantage, goals from Austin da Luz and a brace from Bekker downed the Kickers at Sahlen’s Stadium.

Nashville battled to a 1-1 home draw with New York Red Bulls II at First Tennessee Park Saturday night. Amando Moreno gave NYRB II an early lead, scoring just five minutes into the match. The visitors drew a penalty after Taylor Washington is called for a foul on Andrew Tinari. Tom Barlow stepped up and had his penalty saved by Nashville keeper Matt Pickens in the 14th minute. NYRB II were reduced to ten men when José Aguinaga sees a straight red card for a studs up tackle in the 24th minute. Nasvhille immediately responded and Michael Reed scored the game tying goal two minutes later.

The Kickers will close out the 2018 USL season next Saturday night as the team heads down to face Atlanta United 2 at Coolray Field. This match will be available locally on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online on ESPN+. Keep up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Midfielder Prince Agyemang (#38) scored his first goal for the Kickers last Saturday at North Carolina FC. The Right to Dream Academy product signed with the Kickers late in the season, having made eight appearances and made five starts since joining the club. Defender Mekeil Williams (#55) made five critical blocks against NCFC. The Trinidad and Tobago international has made 26 appearances and recorded 103 clearances and 19 blocks this season. Defender Austin Yearwood (#3) made an incredible run up the left side of the field to set up for the goal for Prince Agyemang. Yearwood joined the Kickers this season from the Charlotte Independence and has played in 19 matches, all of which were starts.

Nashville: Midfielder Michael Reed (#17) scored his first goal of the season last Saturday as Nashville drew New York Red Bulls II 1-1. Reed has played in 28 matches this season and has added five assists, including three in the 4-0 victory over the Kickers back on August 28. Defender Liam Doyle (#5) was named to the USL Team of the Week after 22 clearances, three blocks and an assist against NYRBII. Doyle joined Nashville for their inaugural season, going on to play in 29 matches with one goal and two assists. Forward Brandon Allen (#32) is tops in Nashville in scoring with eight goals this season in 26 appearances. Allen came in after the start of the season from Bethlehem Steel FC, where he scored two goals on the Kickers in the 2018 season opener.

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I can’t even.

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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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Hill Standard’s Website is Live

More details on the latest development on Forest Hill Avenue.

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Nearly weekly on local social media the question comes up, What are they building next to the school (4910-20 Forest Hill Avenue)? You will no longer have to explain that it’s a mixed-use pair of buildings that will include apartments, a brewery, coffee shop, and an ice cream shop. Now you can simply give them this link (https://www.hillstandardrva.com/hill-standard-richmond-va/) and send them on their merry way.

If you’re thinking of moving in, one-bedroom apartments start at $1,225 while a two-bedroom will start at $1,943.

If you’re thinking of getting a beer, the Veil satellite brewery is planning on being open in September.

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As cities across the world have struggled with Covid-19 there have been a couple of interesting side effects. There have been fewer cars on the road and people have been spending more time outside. Open/slow streets are streets that either limit or are completely closed to car traffic to allow for easier walking, skating, and bike riding. It obviously won’t work everywhere but if you’ve got a spot in mind let the city know. A couple of spots that absolutely won’t work but are interesting to contemplate/dream are Nickel Bridge and Riverside Drive.

Another use for open/slow streets would be to allow local restaurants to create patios in parking lots, or parking spots so that they can take a step back into profitability.

Here is the official pitch:

Bike Walk RVA is partnering with the City of Richmond to survey where we need Open Streets for walking and biking safely during the pandemic as phases of reopening are drawing closer.

Cities across the US and the world are reopening space to people on foot and bike to allow them more space to spread out safely during the pandemic, including essential workers, those needing to get fresh air and exercise, and, more recently, diners of restaurants with outside seating.

Mayor Stoney has heard the call for open streets in Richmond and is setting up two processes, one for restaurants to expand onto the sidewalk (where walkways may need to be moved into a temporary expanded sidewalk in a parking lane or travel lane) and one for pedestrian space with a focus on health and equity.

Since the beginning of the stay-at-home orders, Bike Walk RVA has worked with nonprofit, government, and advocacy partners to build out a concept for Open Streets in Richmond, including a draft citywide list of possible locations based on things like the Bike Master Plan, Richmond 300 master plan, traffic volumes, health and equity indexes, and the GRTC network as a launching off point. That full list is the basis of the following survey and can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jugBR3fU5IXPUkmCMdC6pb_Pmp2bRbvrifNCzB4O79w/edit?usp=sharing and mapped here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1L81sla0jqQs1vB7EmYys2pT5x1UuKdAr

Results from this survey will be shared with the mayor’s administration and city council. We respect your information and will not share elsewhere. Please share this survey with any city resident and civic group, especially those whose voices may not already be a part of this conversation.

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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: Eastern Towhee
Scientific Name: Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Length: 6.8-8.2 in (17.3-20.8 cm)
Weight: 1.1-1.8 oz (32-52 g)
Wingspan: 7.9-11.0 in (20-28 cm)

Quick Facts (Courtesy Cornell Lab)

  • Eastern Towhees are birds of the undergrowth, where their rummaging makes far more noise than you would expect for their size.
  • The Eastern Towhee and the very similar Spotted Towhee of western North America used to be considered the same species, the Rufous-sided Towhee. The two forms still occur together in the Great Plains, where they sometimes interbreed.
  • Eastern Towhees are common victims of the parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird. Female cowbirds lay eggs in towhee nests, then leave the birds to raise their cowbird young. In some areas cowbirds lay eggs in more than half of all towhee nests. Towhees, unlike some other birds, show no ability to recognize or remove the imposter’s eggs.
  • Eastern Towhees tend to be pretty solitary, and they use a number of threat displays to tell other towhees they’re not welcome. You may see contentious males lift, spread, or droop one or both wings, fan their tails, or flick their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. Studies have shown that male towhees tend to defend territories many times larger than needed simply to provide food.
  • The oldest known Eastern Towhee was a male in South Carolina, and at least 12 years, 3 months old.

Blueberry at Richmond SPCA

Have you been on the search for a cat that has many layers of personality? Has a swagger in his step? Is handsome, affectionate and always seeks the spotlight? Yep, this is me benevolent Blueberry! Almost anything I do is with exuberance. Why, I may just inspire you to be an artist; I can drape myself on the sofa and you can begin to paint your masterpiece – me! And lastly, I have one tiny favor that I need to ask is that you please do not get me confused with a chicken, because I love to chirp! Now that you have read about me all you need to do is rush here to the Richmond SPCA!

Age: 4 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Brown
Declawed: No
ID: 31616720

Adopt Blueberry at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

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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