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AWAY GAME PREVIEW: Kickers vs Lansing Ignite

The Kickers are on the road looking for their first win of the season.

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Opponent: Lansing Ignite FC (1-1-0)
Date/Time:
Saturday, April 13th – 7 PM WTVR CBS 6.3 and ESPN+
Viewing Party: Tabol Brewing 704 Dawn Street
Last Result: Kickers 0  – Tormenta FC 0 RVA Hub Summary and Total Soccer Show Summary

Weather Forecast from Weatherbug.com for Lansing MI:

 

THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Short Handed – Lansing will be playing without three starters on Saturday. Ricardo Perez and Tumi Moshobane received red cards in their last game for fouls. Also missing will be Ricky Lopez-Espin who was hit with a four-game ban for using a homophobic slur against Greenville supporters. The Kickers need to take advantage of these missing players without being lulled into a sense of false confidence.
  2. Improvements – The Kickers improved their defense last game and got the clean sheet. The offense which scored twice in the home opener was MIA and missed several prime opportunities. Overall the team looked better but has reached the “they looked good” point yet.
  3. On the Road – This is the first road trip for the Kicker. It’s roughly 690 miles to Lansing. Travel will be a subject throughout the season and I hope to keep a running tally of miles traveled by the team.

PREDICTION

The Kickers looked much more organized their last game and the Lansing team that defeated them in the home opener is suffering a major loss in missing three players. The Ignite will be pumped up to be playing at home but it won’t be enough to combat a Richmond team bent on revenge.

Kickers 2  Lansing 0

Prediction record to date:  50%

OFFICIAL KICKERS PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (0-1-1) will take their first road trip of the season, heading to Cooley Law Stadium this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. to face Lansing Ignite FC (1-1-0) for the second time this season. This match will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online on ESPN+.
This match will mark the second of three meetings between the two clubs. Lansing took a 3-2 victory at City Stadium just two weeks ago in the season opener for both teams. LIFC went into halftime holding a 2-0 lead behind goals from Tumi Moshobane and Xavier Gomez. The lead increased to three goals for LIFC after Kevin Coiffic notched a goal just after halftime. Maxi Rodriguez pulled a goal back in the 68th minute set up by Daniel Jackson. Joe Gallardo converted a penalty in the 76th minute to get the Kickers within one, but Lansing was able to hold off the effort by the Kickers.
Richmond comes into this match after battling South Georgia Tormenta FC to a 0-0 draw at City Stadium last Saturday night. The Kickers out shot their opponents 9-7, including three massive first half chances by Charles Boateng, who made his first appearance of the season. Akira Fitzgerald and the Kickers backline held strong to earn the club’s first clean sheet of the 2019 season, behind the Kickers keeper making three saves.
Lansing will be looking to avenge a 1-2 road defeat at the hands of Greenville Triumph FC. LIFC jumped ahead in the 27th minute with a goal from Ricky Lopez-Espin, taking the 1-0 lead into the break. Jake Keegan leveled the score for Greenville in the 53rd minute. Things became chippy in the match, with both Ricardo Perez and Tumi Moshobane seeing red cards, reducing Lansing to nine men. With five minutes to go, Greenville capitalized on their advantage as Kevin Politz headed away the game winner.
The Kickers are back on the road next Saturday night as they make the trip south to take on Greenville Triumph FC at Legacy Early College. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:00 p.m. and will be shown live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and online through ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richmond: Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald (#1) picked up his first clean sheet of the season behind three saves last Saturday in the 0-0 draw with Tormenta FC. The native of Chiba, Japan joined the Kickers after spending the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship. Forward Joe Gallardo (#10) has one goal in two starts this season, scoring in the season opener against Lansing. Gallardo signed with the Kickers after last joining Orlando City B in the USL Championship. Midfielder Matt Bolduc (#11) has played every minute for the first two matches for the Kickers this season. Bolduc is in his third season in Richmond, coming off 14 appearances for the Kickers in 2018.
Lansing: Defender Kevin Coiffic (#17) scored the game winner in the first meeting between the two clubs back on March 30 at City Stadium. The Lorient, France native is in his first professional season after playing at Young Harris College. Midfielder Xavier Gomez (#10) has a goal and an assist this season for LIFC, both of which coming against the Kickers. Gomez signed his first professional contract with Lansing after four years at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Goalkeeper Michael Kirk (#1) has manned the nets for Lansing’s first two matches of the season. Kirk brings two years of USL Championship experience to Lansing after stints with Rio Grande Valley FC and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

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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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RTD on Nathan Burrell’s Impact on our Parks

A lot has changed in James River Park over the years one constant for 17 years was Nathan Burrell and his hard work.

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Nathan Burrell spent 17 years working in our park system. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him on a few projects. The impact he had on my particular project was immense. The impact he had on the James River Park System is even greater.

Colleen Curran at RTD has a great summary of the impact Nathan has had on our parks.

During his time as superintendent, Burrell raised the parks operational budget from approximately $535,000 to over $800,000. With the increase, he was able to expand the park staff from three to seven full-time positions.

He also secured capital improvement funding totaling over $800,000 for the park.

“I think he had the two main characteristics you need [in this position]: patience and perseverance. His patience didn’t mean he was going to accept it. Settling was not his thing. He was persistent, stubborn even, in pushing for what he believed was right,” Lugbill said.

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Proposed Changes to Traffic at Forest Hill Ave, Semmes, and 34th

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

A great event in the neighborhood that sends2th Annual Forest Hill 5K the serious and not so serious runners into the Hills.

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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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