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PREVIEW: Kickers vs Greenville

The Kickers still sit outside of a playoff spot and everything needs to fall their way for the playoffs to happen. They can keep their hopes alive with a win on Saturday.

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Opponent: Greenville FC (6-8-5)
Date/Time:
Saturday, Sep. 7th, – 7 PM
Last Result: Kickers 4 – Tormenta FC 1

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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Confidence – Last week the Kickers had their most impressive win in years, no exaggeration. If that doesn’t give them confidence coming into yet another “must-win” game I don’t know what will.
  2. Dynamic Duo – Better late than never. The pair of Joe Gallardo and Daniel Jackson are currently on fire and need to keep the heat up.
  3. Bon Secours Cup – One of the downsides of moving down to USL League 1 is that old rivals no longer exist. The league is trying to create rivalries and one way is the creation of the Bon Secours Cup which is a very nice trophy that the winner of the series between Greenville and Richmond will get to take home. So far the die-hards haven’t bought into the manufactured rivalry but hey, it’s a nice trophy.

PREDICTION

The previous matches between these teams both ended with a 1-0 result. Once for the Kickers and once for Greenville. The Kickers, however, are riding high and playing at home. I expect this to be a win for the home-town boys.

Kickers 2 – Greenville 0

OFFICIAL KICKERS PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (7-10-4) are set to host Greenville Triumph SC (9-6-7) at City Stadium Saturday night, plus it is Cider Fest, presented by Bon Secours. The gates open up at 5:30 p.m. with live music from the Back Seat Drivers. Happy Hour has been extended until 7:00 p.m., with all ciders and craft beers for only $3. Richmond takes the field at 7:00 p.m. to face Greenville as both teams will compete for the newly announced Bon Secours Cup. Get your tickets now at RichmondKickers.com.
This will mark the third and final meeting of the 2019 season between Richmond and Greenville. Both teams have claimed 1-0 victories at Greenville in the first two meetings. The Kickers picked up the first win on April 20 at Legacy Early College, as Joe Gallardo walked through the Greenville defense to score the lone goal of the match in the 49th minute. Greenville responded on May 18 when Jake Keegan chipped the ball over Akira Fitzgerald for the victory in the 42nd minute.
Richmond is coming off their largest win of the regular season last Saturday night, picking up a decisive 4-1 road win at South Georgia Tormenta FC at Erk Russell Park. Tormenta jumped ahead in the fifth minute, with Mikie Rowe scoring from a free kick. The Kickers responded just six minutes later as Ivan Magalhães poked the ball away and into the path of Dennis Chin, as he went for the quick shot to level the score. Joe Gallardo added a second for Richmond in the 15th minute. Josh Hughes won the ball off Ricardo Gomez, allowing Gallardo to go on a run into space. With no one to pressure him, Gallardo launched a shot from about 35 yards out, arching it over Pablo Jara and into the back of the net. Matt Bolduc played a perfectly placed through ball for Chin to score the third goal of the night and his brace in the 36th minute. A brace would come in the 80th minute for Joe Gallardo when Greg Boehme headed the ball down for Gallardo. The former U.S. youth international proceeded to get past six defenders before going for the shot that found the back of the net to make it 4-1 for Richmond.
Greenville picked up three points on the road as well back on August 28 at Breese Stevens Field, downing Forward Madison FC 1-0. Off a throw in from Tyler Polak, Aaron Walker continued moving the ball across the field for Christopher Bermudez. With two Madison defenders on him, Bermudez cut back towards the middle of the field before going for the shot that found the upper left corner of the goal and out of the reach of a diving Brian Sylvestre in the 42nd minute. Dallas Jaye made one save to pick up his league leading 12th shutout of the season.
The Kickers have a busy week ahead following the match against Greenville. First up, Richmond takes the trip to Toyota Stadium to face the first place North Texas SC Tuesday night for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The Kickers will be back at City Stadium next Saturday night to host Forward Madison FC and Heritage Night, presented by RVAmigos. The gates open at a special time of 4:30 p.m. with live music and Brazilian dancers. Dank Eats will be on hand with funky fresh pitas and gyros. The players will be wearing limited edition pregame jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Named the USL League One Player of the Week, forward Joe Gallardo (#10) scored a brace in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Tormenta FC. The former United States youth international has a team-high six goals in 21 matches this season. Midfielder Matt Bolduc (#11) found a spot in the USL League One Team of the Week after providing his sixth assist of the season to set up Dennis Chin’s second goal of the night with a long range through ball. Bolduc sits tied for second in the league with his six assists, only two behind the league leading Arturo Rodriguez of North Texas SC. Forward Dennis Chin (#15) was also named to Team of the Week after his brace in the victory over Tormenta FC. Chin is one goal behind Gallardo with five in 18 appearances this season.
Greenville: Forward Jake Keegan (#9) leads Triumph SC with nine goals this season in 22 matches, tying him for second overall in USL League One. Keegan has also recorded one assist and 21 key passes this season. Midfielder Carlos Gomez (#10) leads Greenville with five assists this season, putting him in a five-way tie for fourth overall in USL League One. Gomez played the final ten minutes in their last outing against Forward Madison FC. Midfielder Christopher Bermudez (#7) scored the game winner for Triumph SC last Wednesday night against Madison. He has also made two assists over his 16 appearances for Greenville.

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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 is the New Home for Rage

Destruction in a safe and controlled manner could be just what your mental health needs.

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The current mystery on everybody’s mind is what will be going into the former Ireland Cleaners at the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard. Well, that mystery is solved thanks to some incredible detective work (I opened Facebook and read a post) by yours truly.

It will be the new location of Rage RVA. A spot where you can get your aggression out without harming anyone or destroying any of your precious tchotchkes. In the safe confines of a room, with all the proper protection you can go full Office Space on a printer.

Image from Rage RVA Facebook

That’s not all. If your expression tends to the more creative side there will also be Splatter RVA on site. Which will, you guessed it, splatter or spray paint to your art’s content.

Posted on Facebook by Nicole Michelau 

It isn’t common neighborhood knowledge, but back in 2019 my family and I launched RageRVA out of our garage in Forest Hill. If you’re not familiar, a rage room is a space to safely get your emotions out through breaking glass, dishes, electronics or cars. However, don’t let the word rage confuse you – most of our customers aren’t raging, they’re celebrating!

We’ve hosted bachelor, bachelorette, wedding, birthday and divorce parties. While we quickly realized it was going to need its own space, Forest Hill remains very special to us, so I’m delighted to let you be the first to know that we’re coming back. We have signed a lease on the former Ireland Cleaners and plan to open in early August.

In addition to our RageRVA experience we’re also launching our latest entertainment – Splatter RVA – to share the space. Have an event or enjoy your birthday with us, throwing or spraying neon paint in our blacklight paint room to create a one of a kind masterpiece on a canvas you get to take home! We’ll begin booking fall birthday celebrations in our new party room shortly.

I believe we’ll be a great neighbor as the majority of our guests travel to RageRVA from outside of Richmond then stay in the area to enjoy a meal. We’ve had guests travel from as far as Boston to experience a session with us, and I hope you’ll consider us for your next special occasion.

I plan to have a socially distant grand opening once we’ve had a chance to settle in, stay tuned!

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Shout out to @Vanjester on Instagram or donated her awesome photo of the opossum. Check out her Instagram it’s one of our favorites.

Where Spotted: Southside
Common Name: Opossum
Scientific Name: Didelphis virginiana
Length: 2.5 feet (76 centimeters), nose to tail
Weight: 8.8 to 13.2 lbs. (4 to 6 kilograms)

Quick Facts (more than usual)

  • North America’s only marsupial (female has a pouch) mammal. The female carries and nurses her young in her marsupium until they are about 2 to 3 months old; then they are carried on her back another 1 to 2 months whenever they are away from the den.
  • When threatened or harmed, they will “play possum”, mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. When an opossum is “playing possum”, the animal’s lips are drawn back, the teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, the eyes close or half-close, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands.
  • Opossums eat dead animals, insects, rodents and birds. They also feed on eggs, frogs, plants, fruits and grain. One source notes their need for high amounts of calcium.[40] To fulfill this need, opossums eat the skeletal remains of rodents and roadkill animals. Opossums also eat dog food, cat food and human food waste.
  • Opossums are also notable for their ability to clean themselves of ticks, which they then eat. Some estimates suggest they can eliminate up to 5,000 ticks in a season.[44]
  • Many large opossums (Didelphini) are immune to the venom of rattlesnakes and pit vipers (Crotalinae) and regularly prey upon these snakes.
  • The Virginia opossum was once widely hunted and consumed in the United States. Opossum farms have been operated in the United States in the past.

Skittles at Richmond SPCA

Hello everybody! My name is Skittles and I am always ready to make a statement. I know it is time to break out the trumpets and play the bugles because I am ready to prance into my own adoption parade! If you like to have fun and smile a lot, I am just the girl for you. We could have a downright blast together and I am becoming giddy by the minute simply thinking of how many photo albums we can fill together. I am waiting right here, at the Richmond SPCA!
Age: 6 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Brown / White
Declawed: No
ID: 44432944

Adopt Skittles at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 

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Help Map Out All Richmond’s Bike Parking Spots

Find out where to park and add spots in which to park your bicycle.

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A virtual hat tip to CHPN for posting about this project. This could definitely help out our area. Just so you know it’s an app for both your Apple and Google based products.

 The Bicycle Parking Project is a user-driven attempt to map bike parking. Someone has been busy in the Museum District, but the East End and Southside need some folks to show some love.

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