Richmond Kickers 2
(3-2-2, 11 points, 3rd)
Gallardo (Ackwei) 83’, Mwape (Bolduc) 90’
FC Tucson 0
(2-3-1, 7 points, 9th)
Joe Gallardo made the win dramatic with great footwork and then a stunning shot. The goal was Joe’s fourth of the year and ties him for first in the league. It was all that was needed but Mwape added his own bit of flair. It’s worth watching the highlights above to see his celebration. Goalkeeper Akira led the way with another clean sheet and was forced to make a couple great saves. That is the fourth clean sheet for the Kickers out of seven games played which leads the league.
OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY
The Richmond Kickers (3-2-2) picked up a victory to close out their home stand, earning a 2-0 win over FC Tucson (2-3-1) Saturday night at City Stadium. Joe Gallardo scored his fourth goal of the season in the 83rd minute. Mutaya Mwape doubled the Kickers lead in stoppage time for his first goal this season. Akira Fitzgerald earned his fourth shutout of the season behind his three saves.
The first opportunity came for Richmond 12 minutes into the match. Maxi Rodriguez received the ball from Dennis Chin inside the center circle. He looked up and played the ball out wide on the left for Scott Thomsen in space. The defender whipped in a cross that forced Philip Ejimadu off his line to make the stop before a Kickers player could get a touch on it.
The woodwork kept Tucson off the scoresheet nine minutes later. Luke Hauswirth won the ball inside the Richmond box and chipped the ball up in front of goal. Devyn Jambga leapt to meet the ball, putting his header on frame and hitting it off the crossbar.
The deadlock would be broken in the 83rd minute through the Kickers leading goalscorer, Joe Gallardo. Wahab Ackwei took a touch around a defender to poke the ball loose for Gallardo. He kept his run going backwards and then quickly cut back towards the Tucson goal. Despite being surrounded by five defenders, Gallardo found the space to go for the shot from about 25 yards out, putting it just out of the reach of Philip Ejimadu for his fourth goal of the season.
The Kickers doubled their lead in stoppage time to seal the three points. Justin Grove picked up the ball in front of the Tucson bench and played the long ball ahead, up the left flank for Matt Bolduc. Before reaching the Tucson box, he found Mutaya Mwape on his right in plenty of space, squaring a pass for the Zambian. He found enough time to set up his shot on his left foot, putting it wide and out of reach of the Tucson keeper for his first goal of the season.
Akira Fitzgerald and the Kickers backline held on to the team’s fourth clean sheet of the season, behind three saves from the Richmond keeper.
The Kickers hit the road next Wednesday, May 15 as they travel down to Cary, N.C. to face old USL Championship rivals North Carolina FC in the Second Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Richmond will continue their road trip getting back to league action next Saturday night, May 18 against Greenville Triumph SC. Both of these matches will be streamed live on ESPN+, plus Saturday’s match will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466). Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com.
|TEAM||FIRST HALF||SECOND HALF||FINAL|
Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Wahab Ackwei, Aboubacar Keita, Eli Lockaby, Maxi Rodriguez, Josh Hughes, Mutaya Mwape, Dennis Chin (90’ – Justin Grove), Joe Gallardo (90’ – Braeden Troyer), Daniel Jackson (76’ – Matt Bolduc)
Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Conor Shanosky, Ivan Magalhães, Greg Boehme
Tucson GK Philip Ejimadu, Terrón, Kyle Venter, Scott DeVoss, Luke Hauswirth, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Raheem Sommersall, Devyn Jambga, Jamael Cox (80’ – Klisman Sousa), Zach Wright (65’ – Zach Wright), Guillermo Delgado (76’ – Eti Tavares)
Unused Substitutes: Carlos Merancio, Karsten Hanlin, Kody Wakasa, Colin Stripling
|83′||RIC||Joe Gallardo (Wahab Ackwei)|
|90′||RIC||Mutaya Mwape (Matt Bolduc)|
Reforest Richmond Wants to Give you an Eastern Redbud Seedling
You get a tree, you get a tree, everyone gets a tree.
Trees make life better. Arbor Day is officially on April 30th but many cities including Richmond celebrate it in late Autumn. As part of this year’s Arbor celebration, Reforest Richmond and the City of Richmond are giving away 10,000 free Eastern Redbud seedlings at citywide pickup sites.
Why are Eastern Redbuds special?
Eastern Redbuds are fantastic understory trees known for their heart-shaped leaves and pink flowers. They are native to the Richmond region and a fantastic source of food and habitat for local birds and pollinating insects.
Watering: Keeping your baby trees watered is important during their first year. One heavy watering every week is ideal. Keep the soil and mulch moist but not soggy. The water should soak into the soil and mulch, but avoid watering so much that you see standing water.
Location: Redbuds love both shady and sunny spots. They live happily under the shade of larger overstory trees or in full sun. Redbuds top out at 25’ tall and are low maintenance and can be planted individually or in little groups.
The bright pink flowers that cover the twigs in spring are edible and somewhat tangy. Great for salads.
Mature Spread: 25 – 35′
Bloom Time: April
Fall Color: Yellow
Tree pickup sites will be open on the following dates at the locations you can see on the map:
- Friday, October 30th + Saturday, October 31st
- Friday, November 6th + Saturday, November 7th
- Friday, November 13th + Saturday, November 14th
Blanchard’s Coffee Opening on Wednesday
If the postcard delivered on Tuesday can be believed they’re opening tomorrow on Wednesday.
The first business in the Hill Standard (everyone calls the Veil Brewing spot) development is supposedly opening tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th. Although as of 3:10 PM on Tuesday they’re website and they’re Facebook make no mention of the opening or the hours. The Facebook page’s last post was in December of 2019 so don’t go there hoping for up to date information. For reference, the Blanchard’s on Broad is open at 8 AM Monday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday through Friday, they’re open at 7 AM.
Above and below are the photos of the postcard we got in the mail. Good luck coffee drinkers.
Richmond BizSense.com reporting that Billy Pie is Coming to Basic City Beer Co.
Basic City Beer Co. in Manchester has some delicious news to announce, pizza. You might be familiar with Billy Pie if you ever grabbed a pizza at Triple Crossing or hit up their spot on Patterson. Owner of Billy Pie, Bill Fallen hopes to have pizza ready to go in a few weeks.
Fallen eventually linked up with Basic City owner Bart Lanman over the summer. Lanman was already familiar with Fallen’s work and, before long, the two struck a deal for Fallen to open a location in Basic City’s Waynesboro location.
“In our growth plans, the idea has always been to make things as good as we can, or better. This was a step in the ‘or better’ direction,” Lanman said. “To have gone to Triple Crossing a bunch of times and had the pizza that’s high quality and well-executed, I knew it’s a perfect fit for us.”