RICHMOND KICKERS 1 Gallardo (Mwape) 52′
2-2-1, 7 points, 5th)
CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES SC 0
(2-3-0, 6 point, 7th)
Attendance: 2,735 (Last Home Attendance: 2,853)
What a difference a month makes. Coach Bulow and the team have been preaching about a style of play focused on possession and playing the ball out the back. The team is now practicing what they preach. The Kickers had 55% of possession and attempted 90 more passes than Chattanooga. Those Kicker passes had 82% of getting to their intended targets. Passing accuracy in previous games for the Kickers was bouncing around in the 70th percentile.
Perhaps the biggest improvement was in the attack. The Kickers fired off 9 shots, three of which were on frame. It only resulted in one goal but that was in part due to a massive save on a free kick by the Chattanooga keeper. The team is definitely on the right track.
Next up is another home game on Saturday. Lansing is back in town. Lansing has already beaten the Kickers twice this season but will be facing a much better squad and Lansing will be coming off a Tuesday road trip to Tucson. Also going to give a little side eye to USL League 1 schedulers for having Lansing and Kickers play each other three times in the first six games of the season.
All photos by Suzanne Velasco.
The Richmond Kickers (2-2-1) picked up their second straight victory Saturday night at City Stadium over Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (2-3-0). Joe Gallardo netted his second goal in as many matches in the 52nd minute after a set up from Mutaya Mwape.
Chattanooga had a chance to go up in the 17th minute. Mutaya Mwape was called for a foul on Ualefi to set up a free kick for the Red Wolves on the left side of the field just outside the Richmond box. With Ualefi and Vangjel Zguro standing over the ball, Zguro went for the quick kick low towards the far post, nearly connecting with Tony Walls diving in, as the ball skidded under him and out for a goal kick.
Five minutes later, the Kickers would have a free kick from about 40 yards out from the Chattanooga goal. Conor Doyle picked up a yellow card after grabbing Joe Gallardo from behind as he tried to make a run towards goal. Maxi Rodriguez played the ball ahead as Wahab Ackwei made a run towards goal. Alex Mangels came off his line to grab the ball before Ackwei could get to it.
Maxi Rodriguez was denied a goal in the 30th minute by the Chattanooga keeper. Mutaya Mwape made a run across the field as Andrew Kendell-Moullin fouled him, picking up a yellow card in the process to set up the free kick from 30 yards out. Rodriguez put his shot on frame, which forced a massive save out of Alex Mangels to prevent the Kickers midfielder.
Joe Gallardo scored in his second straight match to put Richmond up in the 52nd minute. Matt Bolduc picked up control of the ball in space, just outside of the Red Wolves box. He slotted the ball up the right wing for Mutaya Mwape. The Zambian whipped in a cross in front of goal for Gallardo to redirect into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.
Richmond came close to a second goal in the 67th minute from Josh Hughes. The Kickers midfielder picked up control on the right flank. With no one pressuring him, Hughes cut inside finding enough space to get a shot off towards the near post. Mangels stretched to make the stop and prevent the goal.
Despite Chattanooga getting five shots, the Kickers backline and Akira Fitzgerald held on to keep the visitors off the scoresheet for their second straight shutout and third of the season.
The Kickers are back at City Stadium next Saturday night for the third and final meeting with Lansing Ignite FC at 7:00 p.m. The party gets started at 5:30 p.m. for Star Wars Night, with happy hour drink specials for the first 30 minutes after the gates open with craft beer on tap and selections of wine, live music. The players will come out for warm ups in limited edition Star Wars pregame jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit Sportable. This match will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.
|First Half||Second Half||Final|
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Matt Bolduc, Wahab Ackwei, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen (77’ – Aboubacar Keita), Josh Hughes, Maxi Rodriguez, Daniel Jackson (76’ – Braeden Troyer), Mutaya Mwape, Joe Gallardo (79’ – Ivan Magalhães), Dennis Chin
Unused Substitutes: Matt Broomall, Greg Boehme, Charles Boateng, Nick Retzlaff
Chattnooga GK Alex Mangels, Vangjel Zguro, Leo Folla, Tony Walls, Josue Soto (74’ – Amirgy Pineda), Ualefi, Conor Doyle, Jonathan Caparelli (59’ – Juan Mare), Steven Beattie, Éamon Zayed (87’ – Sito Seoane)
Unused Substitutes: Will Dieterich, Colin Falvey, Jamie Dell, Nicholas Amponsah
|52′||RIC||Joe Gallardo (Mutaya Mwape)|
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Assistant Referees: Will Aten, Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: Izzy Campos
Weather: Clear, 73 ºF
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little Nickel and Crossroads “Should” Reopen Next Week
Not back to normal but a step in that direction.
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.