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PREVIEW: Kickers vs Toronto FC II

The Kickers have put together a little winning streak including two on the road. They’ll need to win again at home to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Opponent: Toronto FC II (6-8-5)
Date/Time:
Saturday, Aug. 17th, – 7 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 –  0 Madison Forward FC

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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Streaking – The Kickers have won three in a row and need to make it four if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Toronto sits right above the Kickers on the table so it should be three points for the taking.
  2. Joe Knows – Goalkeeper Joe Gallardo makes several impressive saves every game. Hopefully, he keeps that trend alive.
  3. Play Another Hit DJ – It’s been no secret that during most of the season the Kickers’ forwards have been lacking production. Daniel Jackson netted his second of the year last week. Two goals on the season for a forward is nothing to write home about but if he continues to add to his tally we’ll break out the pencils.

PREDICTION

The Kickers are getting the wins. Not dominating wins but are grinding out the tough games and coming out with the points. I think the trend continues at home.

Kickers 2 – Toronto FC II – 0

OFFICIAL KICKERS PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (6-9-3) will be looking to extend their winning streak to four matches Saturday night as they host Toronto FC II (6-8-5) and Family Fest, presented by WTVR CBS 6. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with half off craft beers until 6:00 p.m. and live music from the Cary Street Ramblers. Fans can also enter to win two used cars from CBS 6 and Star Auto Sales. Earn an extra entry into the drawing when you donate new clothing items in support of Communities in Schools Richmond. The Kickers have partnered with Richardsons Rescue to take donations to honor former Kickers photographer, Suz Kitsteiner. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
The Kickers will be facing a familiar opponent Saturday night, meeting Toronto FC II for the 11th time since TFCII’s inception in 2015. Richmond holds the advantage in the series, with a 6-3-1 record. Saturday’s matchup will be the second of the three meetings between the two clubs. Richmond claimed victory on July 26 behind a 2-1 scoreline. Matthew Srbley put the homeside up 1-0 in the 19th minute. The Kickers responded in the 35th minute when the Toronto keeper could not control a free kick from Scott Thomsen, putting it into his own net to level the score. Three minutes into stoppage time, Josh Hughes scored his second goal of the season, putting away a deflected penalty save after Joe Gallardo was denied from the spot. The two clubs will meet one more time this season October 2, again at City Stadium.
Continuing their run of form, the Kickers claimed their third straight victory last Saturday night on the road against Forward Madison FC, 1-0. Going into halftime all level, Richmond started making moves in the second half to try and find the go ahead goal, one of which was bringing on Daniel Jackson in place of Dennis Chin in the 66th minute. Three minutes later, a deflected Josh Hughes pass fell to the feet of Jackson in behind the Madison backline. Having his initial shot saved, Jackson pounced on the loose ball and made no mistake to find the back of the net and put Richmond ahead on the road. That goal was enough for the Kickers to take all three points and earned the shutout, not allowing a single shot on target for the home side.
Winless in their last four matches, Toronto come into Saturday’s match on the heels of their third straight defeat, this time at the hands of Greenville Triumph SC, 1-3. Greenville dominated the match in the first half, scoring all three of their goals before the break. Toronto made a couple of changes at halftime, bringing Ayo Akinola and Matthew Srbely on in place of Mehdi Essoussi and Jordan Faria respectively. The duo would connect in the 64th minute when Srbely played the long through ball for Akinola to get in behind the Greenville back line and only need to slide it past Dallas Jaye to pull one back for the home side.
The Kickers turn around and head back to face Forward Madison FC next Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field. That kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be available on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming online on ESPN+. Stay up to date on all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Richmond: Midfielder Josh Hughes (#7) picked up USL League One Team of the Week honors after the Kickers victory at Madison, helping the team by recording four tackles and three interceptions that would contribute to the seventh shutout of the season. The midfielder has scored on two occasions and have assisted on one other after making 15 appearances with the club. Defender Ivan Magalhães (#4) made his first appearance in the Team of the Week after a solid defensive performance. The Brazilian defender made a team leading 51 passes, completing 74.5 percent of those. Of those 51 passes, 27 of them were on the Madison end of the field. Forward Daniel Jackson (#9) made an immediate impact off the bench against Madison, scoring on his first touch just three minutes after taking the field. Jackson has two goals and an assist in 15 matches for the Kickers.
Toronto: Forward Jordan Perruzza (#77) has scored eight times this season, leading Toronto. Those eight goals are tied for third-most in USL League One with Chattanooga’s Steven Beattie. In Toronto’s first matchup against Richmond on July 26, Perruzza subbed into the game in the 85’. Midfielder Adolfo Ovalle (#43) has started all but one game for Toronto. His numbers on offense won’t turn many heads, but he’s been one of the most consistent ball distributors on the team. Ovalle has completed over 800 passes, good for second most behind Patrick Bunk-Anderson. His 93.3% passing accuracy in his own half is one of the highest success rates on Toronto FC II. On July 26 against Richmond, Ovalle completed 94% of his passes and created one chance for Toronto. Midfielder Matthew Srbely (#50) scored the lone goal for Toronto in the first game between Toronto and the Kickers. Srbely has the second-most shots on the team with 25. Of those 25, four have found the back of the net. He has notched 20 key passes this season, leading to many  chances for Toronto on the offensive side of the field.

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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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Canastas Chicken to Open on Saturday

A chance to get some chicken starting this weekend.

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Canastas Chicken in Stratford Hills (in the old Dick’s BBQ chain) is set to open this weekend. This will be the third location of Canastas.

A sample page of their menu.

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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]

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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.

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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: www.shcrichmond.org/en/links We will continue to add more information as it becomes available.

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