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PREVIEW: Kickers vs Tormenta

Last Saturday’s season opener at home didn’t go as planned. The Kickers are back at it this weekend and hoping to grab the win.

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Opponent: Tormenta FC (2-0-0)
Date/Time:
Saturday, April 6th – 5 PM
Last Result: Kickers 2  – Lansing Ignite 3
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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. So Tired – Tormenta played a game on Saturday, a game on Wednesday and then have had to travel up to Richmond for this weekend’s game. That is a lot of soccer and travel for a team at the start of the season. Hopefully, that translates into mistakes that the Kickers can jump on.
  2. Baby’s Not Got Back – The Kickers’ backline last Saturday didn’t impress. Opponents running into the box unmarked, ball watching, and a lack of communication hurt. The defense got much better in later the 2nd half but the damage had been done.
  3. Heart – Last year if the Kickers went down by three you could safely pack up and go home. The Kicker were down 3-0 early in the second half last week. This year they showed the heart to fight back and grabbed 2 goals before time ran out. This gives hope for the future.

PREDICTION

Tormenta FC looked good on Wednesday. They went down a goal but then came back with three of their own to seal the win. The goals were quick counter-attacking goals. That’s the bad news, the good news is that they used a ton of energy and then have had to travel, so I expect that they’ll bunker much more than they did on Wednesday. I’m not confident that the Kickers have the ability (yet) to break them down. Depending on which Kickers defense shows up it could be interesting but ultimately I think we get the draw.

Kickers 2  Tormenta 2

Prediction record to date: 0 of 1

OFFICIAL KICKERS PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (0-1-0) return to City Stadium Saturday night to host South Georgia Tormenta FC (2-0-0) for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff. Saturday night is College Night where all college students can get tickets for just $10 with a valid student ID. The party starts with drink specials for the first 30 minutes when the gates open at 3:30 p.m., plus live music from the Hit List. The Kickers take the field at 5:00 p.m. to face Tormenta. This match will be streamed live on ESPN+. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
This will be the first ever meeting between the Kickers and Tormenta FC. Tormenta are in their second year of existence, having played the 2018 season in USL League Two, claiming the division title in their first season.
The Kickers will look to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat to Lansing Ignite FC, 2-3 at City Stadium. Lansing netted a pair of goals Robinson Moshobane and Xavier Gomez to take the 2-0 lead into the halftime break. Four minutes into the second half, Lansing scored their third goal of the night through Kevin Coiffic. Maxi Rodriguez pulled a goal back in the 68th minute as Daniel Jackson controlled a deflected Lansing pass, and put it in the perfect spot for Rodriguez to smash it home for the first goal of the 2019 season. Eight minutes later, Joe Gallardo converted a penalty kick after a handball was called in the box. Despite the Kickers efforts late in the match, they could not complete the comeback.
Tormenta played their second of three matches in eight days Wednesday night, picking up a 3-1 home victory over the visiting FC Tucson. Tucson took the lead in the 55th minute through Devin Vega. Tormenta responded two minutes later as Lucas Countinho started the comeback tying the game up. One minute later and Tormenta was in the lead from Alex Morrell. Marco Micaletto sealed the victory in the 74th minute to ensure the three points. Conner Antley assisted on all three goals for Tormenta.
Richmond will hit the road for the first time this season, making the trip to Cooley Law School Stadium to take on Lansing Ignite FC Saturday, April 13. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and can be streamed live on ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Scoring the first goal of the 2019 season, midfielder and team captain Maxi Rodriguez (#21) made his mark on Kickers fans with a rocket of a shot to get the Richmond back into last Saturday’s match. The San Antonio native joined the Kickers this season after two seasons with San Antonio FC in the USL Championship. Midfielder Joe Gallardo (#10) netted his first professional goal Saturday night against Lansing, converting a penalty kick in the 76th minute. Developed through the United States Youth National Teams, Gallardo last played with Orlando City B in the USL Championship. Defender Jannik Eckenrode (#22) will be going against his brother, Lars Eckenrode this Saturday night against Tormenta FC. The George Mason University product will face his brother for the first time as professionals.
Tormenta: Forward Alex Morrell (#14) leads the team in scoring with two goals in two matches this season. Morrell is coming off two season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, scoring two goals in 33 appearances for the USL Championship side. Wearing the captain’s armband, defender Lars Eckenrode  (#4) will be matched up against his brother Jannik Eckenrode Saturday night. Drafted by Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, Eckenrode made 18 appearances for Toronto FC II in the USL Championship. Defender Conner Antley (#3) picked up a trio of assists in Tormenta’s 3-1 against FC Tucson Wednesday night. A product of Mercer University, Antley helped Tormenta clinch the USL League Two division title in 2018.

TICKET DEAL

The Kickers are back in action at City Stadium this Saturday night as they host South Georgia Tormenta FC for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff. This Saturday is also College Night, where students can get tickets for just $10 at the gate with a valid student ID or order online now at RichmondKickers.com and use promo code COL19!

The party starts when the gates open at 3:30 p.m. with drink specials until 4:00 p.m. and live music from the Hit List! Join the Red Army and get loud when the Kickers take the field at 5:00 p.m. to take on Tormenta FC.

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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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Quick summary is the current traffic light at Dundee/Semmes/Forest Hill will be removed and a light added to 34th and Semmes.

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Thanks to John Murden for the summary of last night’s meeting.

There was a meeting this evening at Patrick Henry ES regarding the draft plan for changes to traffic patterns at Forest Hill/Semmes/34th.

Core to the plan is putting a stoplight at 34th and Semmes. To get enough traffic through that intersection to justify the cost of the stoplight, the block of Forest Hill behind WPA/Laura Lee’s etc will be made east-bound-only to force traffic up 34th to Semmes.

The current traffic light at Dundee/Semmes/Forest Hill will be removed, and a cross-on-demand style light and crosswalk will be placed in front of Crossroads. On-street parking behind the business will be converted angle parking, and Dundee & Forest Hill will be reconfigured to allow for east-bound traffic only.

Previous requests to make Semmes one-lane in front of the commercial strip and also in front of the school to allow for drop-off were described as not possible. It sounded like there are no plans at this time to extend the bike lane.

This plan is very similar to what was discussed in November of 2018. Sidenote it was John Murden giving us the summary back then as well. Thanks John.

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12th Annual Forest Hill 5K Hits the Hills on March 22nd

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I stole this text from the Forest Hill Neighborhood Newsletter. If you’re offended please feel free to remove the little card that says PRESS that is placed in my hatband.

Don’t miss the this year’s Run for the Hills! 5K.   We will be running, or doing something vaguely similar,  on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Run, jog, or walk. Come enjoy the park with us.

  • Online registration:  Register by clicking this link Active.com.  Beat the March 15th early registration deadline to guarantee your cool t-shirt.
  • On-site registration (and sign-in):  You may register at the Stone House on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon and on Sunday, March 22th from 8 am to the beginning of the race.  T-shirts are first come first serve.

Our Facebook event has all the race info including this year’s route map, tee, and a link to the registration form.

Join the team.
Can you volunteer your time to assist runners, take photos, or something more? We need help with all aspects of the race.  Would you consider donating noisemakers, sidewalk chalk, or balloons to make our finish line festive?  Email us at foresthillassoc@gmail.com if you are interested.

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