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GAME SUMMARY & PHOTOS: Kickers Out of the Open Cup

This past Wednesday the Kickers and a small band of the Red Army traveled down to Cary, NC as the Kickers faced NCFC in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. It didn’t go well.




Ackwei (Gallardo) 34’

North Carolina FC 4
Fortune (Ewolo) 16’, Kristo (Dunvernay) 62’, Kristo (penalty) 61’, Chester (Perez) 70’

Attendance: 1,553

All photos by Suzane Velasco









The Kickers held tough for a half. Going into the break it was tied 1-1. The second half, however, was all NCFC. The Kickers were punished for several defensive mistakes. As one of the few Kickers fans that traveled down it’s worth mentioning the warm welcome the Red Army (Kickers supporters group) received from the Oak City Supporters (NCFC supporters). There were beers, stories, scarves, and food shared before the game. It’s the way rivalries or competitions, in general, should be handled.  Sharing company and camaraderie before and after, with 90 minutes of passion and plenty of insults thrown back and forth. I travel and support the Richmond Kickers but also I do it out of love of the sport and it’s always nice to find like-minded individuals.



The Richmond Kickers run in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup came to an end on the road against North Carolina FC Wednesday night. Wahab Ackwei scored his first goal of the season to draw the game level through halftime. Three second half NCFC goals downed the Kickers on the road.

Three minutes into the match and Charles Boateng nearly continued his run of form in the Open Cup. Pouncing on a loose ball, Boateng made a run at goal, sending his shot just wide to the left of the target.

Another threat came from Boateng two minutes later. Scott Thomsen played a corner short to Joe Gallardo. He continued to move the ball towards the center of the pitch to Braeden Troyer. Troyer chipped the ball in for Boateng at the near post, putting his header just to the right of goal this time.

Searching for the opener, Darrin MacLeod had enough of a touch on the ball to deny Boateng in the 7th minute. Nick Retzlaff picked up control of the ball from Matt Bolduc. Retzlaff found Boateng in position, slipping the ball through for the Ghanian. MacLeod blocked the ball enough for Caleb Duvernay to clear out of danger.

Akira Fitzgerald was called into action in the 13th minute to deal with a long range effort. Robert Kristo picked up control of the ball and found space outside of the Kickers box. He decided to go for it from about 25 yards out with Fitzgerald coming up with the easy save.

NCFC broke the deadlock in the 16th minute. Austin Panchot sent in a cross into the Richmond box, as the ball pinged around, finally falling to Ulrich Ewolo. He laid the ball off for Andre Fortune to go for the shot at the top of the box, putting it to the left of the diving Akira Fitzgerald.

Wahab Ackwei leveled the score for Richmond in the 34th minute. Matt Bolduc brought down a deflected cross, putting it right to the feet of Joe Gallardo. He took a touch and flicked the ball across the front of goal, right as Ackwei crashed the back post to put it into the back of the net.

The home side went ahead in the 52nd minute. Before the ball rolled out for a goal kick, Caleb Duvernay chipped in a cross picking out Robert Kristo at the top of the six. He leapt to beat Ackwei to the ball, heading it into the goal and past Fitzgerald.

A penalty was awarded to NCFC to get the third goal of the night in the 61st minute. Wahab Ackwei tackled Robert Kristo from behind, picking up a yellow card in the process and forcing the referee to point to the spot. Kristo stepped up to take the kick, forcing Akira Fitzgerald the wrong way.

Mutaya Mwape nearly had a chance to pull a goal back for Richmond in the 83rd minute. Joe Gallardo went down after a hard challenge from Duval Wapiwo, earning a yellow card for the tackle. Mwape stood over the free kick, and tried to sneak his shot in towards the near post, putting it wide to the right.

Another shot from Mwape in the 86th minute forced a save from Darrin MacLeod. Matt Bolduc won the ball right on the midfield line and pressed towards goal, playing the ball out to Mwape making a run up the right flank. He cut back to get around his defender and let a shot go, as MacLeod is there to make the stop.

A fourth goal for NCFC would come in the 70th minute. Manny Perez picked up control of the ball as it came loose on the right side. With space, he went for the cross low and in front goal, slipping through the pack. Yamikani Chester made a run towards the far post to pounce on the opportunity, finding the back of the net.

The Kickers get right back to USL League One play Saturday night as they travel down to face Greenville Triumph SC at Legacy Early College for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. This match will be available to stream live on ESPN+ and shown locally on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466). Stay up to date with the Kickers at


NCFC 1 3 4
Richmond 1 0 1


NCFC GK Darrin MacLeod, Caleb Duvernay, Aaron Guillen, Tim Mehl, Manny Perez; Duval Wapiwo, Tommy McCabe (77’ – Graham Smith), Donovan Ewolo (68’ – Yamikani Chester), Dre Fortune, Austin Panchot (45’ – DJ Taylor), Robert Kristo

Unused Substitutes: Alex Tambakis, Steven Miller, Ben Speas, Marios Lomis

Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky (63’ – Josh Hughes), Wahab Ackwei, Braeden Troyer (63’ – Eli Lockaby), Nick Retzlaff (63’ – Mutaya Mwape), Maxi Rodriguez, Matt Bolduc, Joe Gallardo, Charles Boateng

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Greg Boehme, Dennis Chin, Daniel Jackson


NCFC 14 3 15 5
Richmond 10 4 7 3


10′ NC Andre Fortune (Ulrich Ewolo)
34′ RIC Wahab Ackwei (Joe Gallardo)
52′ NC Robert Kristo (Caleb Dunvernay)
62′ NC Robert Kristo (penalty)
70′ NC Yamikani Chester (Manny Perez)


47′ NC Tommy McCabe
53′ NC Andre Fortune
61′ RIC Wahab Ackwei
82′ NC Duval Wapiwo





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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Richmond Animal Care and Control Looking for Information on Dog Found in Dumpster

The dog was found in a dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills (5852 Westower Drive). If you have an information please call 647-5573 or email [email protected]




From RACC Facebook:

We just don’t know what to say about this one. Swear words want to come out first…followed by tears…then back to bigger swear words. 😡😭😡 This sweet dog was found in this dumpster at the Residences at Westover Hills. No joke. Citizens saw him and called our team. Officer Jones removed him from the dumpster and took him straight to Virginia Veterinary Centers.

We named him Blue Skies. 🌼 He’s 10 months old and was in terrible shape; starved, covered in feces, with open wounds on his body-our RACC Medical Pics closed group shows more (if you can handle graphic). We need your help finding the person responsible for his suffering. Please call 647-5573 or email [email protected] with information. Our hearts are breaking over the sweet spirit of this dog that deserves a chance at a better life. 💔 Please share-plus he will need a home-email if you can help with that too. 💕 #weareyourcityshelter #throwninthetrash #HelpUsHelpHim #ijustcantanymore



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Sacred Heart Center Needs Help Filling Up their Food Bank

The Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish has been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.




Sacred Heart Center at  1400 Perry Street runs a food bank and donations are not keeping up with current demand. You can donate items directly (contactless) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or make a donation online.
A message from Sacred Heart Center.

Dear Sacred Heart Center Friends and Family,

While Sacred Heart Center continues to implement our educational programs remotely for our community, we are currently accepting food donations to support our families during this critical time.

Due to the great need that our families experience, demonstrated in the number of people served each time we open the food bank (more than 150 people per day,) through our Food Bank, in partnership with Bainbridge Community Ministries and Sacred Heart Parish, we have been able to provide food to 750 community members affected by this crisis.

We will be accepting food donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Donations can be dropped off at the side of our main building, located at 1400 Perry Street. Please drive into Sacred Heart’s parking lot and pull up to the designated parking spot located next to the first door on the left.

Please stay in your vehicle and someone will come to accept your donations.

If you would like to help replenish our food pantry, but are unable to come to the SHC, please consider donating online so that we can continue to support our community at this time.

We are accepting all food items while also strongly asking for foods that our community consumes:

  • Corn flour
  • Tortillas
  • Dried or canned beans
  • Rice
  • Baby formula
  • Snacks for small children
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Tuna
  • Canned Fruit
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Cooking oils

    Other items we are accepting:

  • Personal Care Products (Deodorants, lotions, dental care, hair care, shaving needs, laundry detergent)
  • Diapers (any size)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Latex gloves
  • Paper & Plastic bags to distribute food
  • Cardboard Boxes to distribute food
  • Lysol/Clorox wipes
  • Large size diapers (size 4-6)

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about volunteering for our Curbside Food Bank,  please do not hesitate to ask:

 [email protected].

If you are in a position to give back to the community, please join us!

To stay up to date on available community resources, please visit our website at: We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.



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Richmond BizSense Reporting: T-Mobile is Hanging Up on Stony Point Fashion Park

Another national chain has left the Southside mall.




From Richmond

The wireless carrier permanently shuttered its store at the Southside mall in late December. A company spokeswoman didn’t specify what motivated the decision.

“We have a number of stores in this area within just a few miles, so as part of our normal course of business we closed this store on Dec. 27, 2020,” the T-Mobile spokeswoman said in an email last week.



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