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GAME SUMMARY & PHOTOS: Kickers Nab the Win over Orlando

On a painfully hot evening, the Kickers claw their way out of the USL League 1 basement.

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RICHMOND KICKERS – 1
(4-9-3, 15 points, 9th)

ORLANDO CITY B – 0
(3-11-4, 13 points, 10th)

All photos by Suzanne Velasco











It’s been a long time coming. The Kickers finally got a win. The first half it seemed if fate was going to deal the Kickers another raw deal as a goal was called offside and another possible penalty kick was ruled a foul just outside (inches) the box. The teams were level at the half.

The second half was quite a bit more exciting. A goal by Chin in the 70th minute proved to be the game-winner but that wasn’t the only excitement. Around the 83rd minute a tussle for the ball between Kicker keeper Fitzgerald and an Orlando player resulted in a rugby scrum. Orlando keeper Herrera ran the length of the field to contribute to the madness sending several players into the advertising boards behind the goal. When the referee finally got everyone separated issued three straight red cards to Akira Fitzgerald, William Bagrou (Orlando) and Randy Mendoza (Orlando).  Herrera who made the dash was not carded nor was the Orlando coach who had wandered onto the field.

 

OFFICIAL KICKERS SUMMARY

The Richmond Kickers (4-6-3) ended a six match winless streak at eight matches with a 1-0 victory over Orlando City B (3-11-3) Saturday night at City Stadium. Dennis Chin scored in the 70th minute to give Richmond the three points at home.

Dennis Chin found the back of the net for Richmond in the 17th minute only to have it negated by the offside flag. Joe Gallardo sent in a corner from the left side and picked out Ivan Magalhães, who headed it off the near post. Chin put the ball into the back of the net, as the linesman put up his flag to call the Jamaican offside.

Mutaya Mwape found space for a shot in the 37th minute. Wahab Ackwei won the ball in the midfield and had a quick touch to get the ball to Mwape. He played it ahead for Dennis Chin, giving it back to Mwape. The Zambian took a touch and launched a shot on frame, forcing a save from Christian Herrera.

A foul on the edge of the Orlando box set up a free kick chance for Richmond. Matt Bolduc charged towards goal only to be brought down by Jordan Hill. The referee pointed for a foul on the very edge of the box. Joe Gallardo went for a shot, pinging it off the wall and punched away by the Orlando keeper.

The Kickers had three consecutive chances in the 57th minute as the Orlando defense stood strong. Scott Thomsen slipped Matt Bolduc through the OCB backline and had his shot denied by Herrera. Thomsen picked up the loose ball and went for a shot that was also blocked. The ball rolled out as Braeden Troyer, who went for the long range effort that was parried away by Herrera.

The Kickers ended their scoring drought of 619 minutes in the 70th minute through Dennis Chin. Mutaya Mwape had pressure and played the ball back to Matt Bolduc. He kept swinging the ball out to Wahab Ackwei out on the left wing. He lofted the ball in towards Chin at the penalty spot. The Jamican caught the ball on the volley and put it back to the near post out of the reach of the Orlando keeper.

Things got chippy in the 83rd minute, seeing three players being sent off. Akira Fitzgerald was first issued a straight red card, followed by William Bagrou and Randy Mendoza for Orlando in 83rd minute.

Richmond takes the three points on the road next Friday as they go on the road to Toronto FC II for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff. The match will be streamed online on ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.

BOX SCORE

TEAM FIRST HALF SECOND HALF FINAL
Richmond 0 1 1
Orlando 0 0 0

LINEUPS

Richmond GK Akira Fitzgerald, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Wahab Ackwei, Braeden Troyer, Eli Lockaby, Scott Thomsen, Matt Bolduc, Mutaya Mwape (90’ – Greg Boehme), Joe Gallardo (90’ – Sam Moore), Dennis Chin (85’ – Joe Rice)

Unused Substitutes: Joe Rice, Josh Hughes, Daniel Jackson, Maxi Rodriguez, Charles Boateng

Orlando GK Christian Herrera, Matheus Silva, Jordan Hill, Leonardo Da Silva Simas, Randy Mendoza, Austin Amer (86’ – Wilfried Williams), Rafael Santos (75’ – Serginho), Ates Diouf, Moises Tablante, William Bagrou, Jordan Bender (62’ – Tresor Mbuyu)

Unused Substitutes: Juliano Chade, Tanner Hummel, Steven Hernandez

STATISTICS

TEAM SHOTS SAVES FOULS CORNERS
Richmond 14 2 17 12
Orlando 3 4 13 4

SCORING SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
70′ RIC Dennis Chin (Wahab Ackwei)
CAUTIONS SUMMARY
MIN TEAM PLAYER
31′ RIC Ivan Magalhães
45′ ORL Moises Tablante
68′ RIC Braeden Troyer
78′ ORL Ates Diouf

EJECTIONS SUMMARY

MIN TEAM PLAYER
83′ RIC Akira Fitzgerald
83′ ORL William Bagrou
83′ ORL Randy Mendoza

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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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Westover Hills United Methodist Church’s Bell Will Toll Tonight in Honor of those Lost to Covid-19

VDH reports 785 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 314, Henrico: 286, and Richmond: 185). Since this pandemic began, 627 people have died in the Richmond region.

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Ross Catrow in his daily Good Morning RVA had this summary of where we stand with Covid-19.

As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports 7,245 new positive cases of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth and 10 new deaths as a result of the virus. VDH reports 785 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 314, Henrico: 286, and Richmond: 185). Since this pandemic began, 627 people have died in the Richmond region. This is a shocking number of new cases—both statewide and locally. On Sunday, VDH reported 9,914 new cases, clearly an all-time high, and almost twice the previous high. In fact, the daily average of new cases over the last three days is 7,972 with no mention of a classic VDH data reporting issue in sight. In fact, the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Sabrina Moreno reports the opposite, that “Health department officials have said that it’s not a data error and is likely due to exposure during the holidays.” The number of new cases, number of people ending up in the hospital, and number of people dying each day is quantitatively worse than this spring, and yet, collectively, we act like we’re living back in June or July. I don’t get it, and I feel gaslit by the folks with the authority to impose restrictions—just like they did last spring—to help save lives.

 

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Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend

Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

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Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.

We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting

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Councilperson Kristen Larson’s Statement on Full Traffic Signal at Huguenot and Cherokee

Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection.

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Statement from Councilperson Kristen Larson:

Dear 4th District Neighbors:

I am writing to update you on the proposed full traffic signal at the intersection of Huguenot and Cherokee Roads. More than a year ago, on August 19, 2019, I hosted a meeting at the Huguenot Community Center to discuss the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) proposal for the signal. Travis Bridewell, the City’s Traffic Engineering Operations Manager, presented the proposal along with crash data justifying DPW’s support of the project. Between 2015 and 2018, there were 26 vehicle crashes at the Huguenot and Cherokee intersection. Since that meeting, our office has heard from many of you with safety concerns from drivers and bicyclists who pass through this well-trafficked area.

I realize that there are a number of residents who are concerned that the installation of a full traffic signal at this intersection might increase traffic volume and speeds along Cherokee Road. Fortunately, DPW will be installing 2 speed tables on Cherokee Road this spring which will help to slow and deter traffic. This was an option that was discussed at the meeting in 2019.

Based on the traffic crash data and the community feedback I have received over the past year, I am in full support of the Huguenot/Cherokee full traffic signal which will include ADA ramps, pedestrian countdown signals, and ladder crosswalks. The project is not currently funded, but I have expressed my support for it in forthcoming budgets.

Please feel free to email comments or questions to [email protected] or call (804) 646-5646.

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