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PREVIEW: Kickers vs Forward FC

Coming off a tough loss in North Texas the Kickers need a win to stay in the playoff race.

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Opponent: Madison Forward FC (9-9-6)
Date/Time:
Saturday, Sept. 14th, – 7 PM
Last Result: Kickers 0 – North Texas SC 4

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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Bounce Back – The Kickers got kicked to the curb in Texas on Tuesday by a score of 4-0. The team will need to shake off the loss both physically and mentally to get back on track.
  2. Home Cooking – The Kickers have managed to beat higher-ranked Madison on the road. Facing the same team at home should give them the boost they need.
  3. Traveling Support – Madison FC is bringing a little home cooking of their own. A group of about 20 fans jumped on a bus and headed this way. Also coming up from North Carolina are some fans of NCFC to support former NCFC players now playing for Madison.

PREDICTION

Even in the lop-sided result in Texas at times the Kickers looked good. In general, over the past 5 weeks, the Kicker are much improved, especially compared to the month that shall not be mentioned. The Kickers know they need to win and will throw everything they’ve got to achieve that goal. They’ll succeed.

Kickers 3 – Madison 1

OFFICIAL KICKERS PREVIEW

The Richmond Kickers (8-10-4) are back at City Stadium this Saturday night to host Forward Madison FC (9-9-6) and Heritage Night, presented by RVAmigos. The gates open at a special time of 4:30 p.m. with live music from the band Rebolisso 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, Conexciones and the Beta Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
This match will be the third and final meeting between Richmond and Madison this season, and the first trip to City Stadium for Madison. The Kickers took all three points in the first meeting August 10 at Breese Stevens Field. Daniel Jackson came into the match in the 66th minute, scoring the game winner just three minutes later. Madison returned the favor two weeks later when Christian Diaz scored in the 74th minute.
Richmond will be looking to bounce back Saturday, coming off Tuesday night’s 0-4 road loss at the league leaders, North Texas SC. The home side went up after just seventeen seconds to start an eventual hat trick for Ronaldo Damus. Arturo Rodriguez added a fourth goal for NTSC, ensuring the victory at Toyota Stadium.
Madison battled to a 1-1 draw at Breese Stevens Field against South Georgia Tormenta FC last Saturday night. Paulo Junior put the home side up 1-0 in the 24th minute as Madison looked to improve their playoff positioning. With ten minutes to go, Marco Micaletto leveled the score for Tormenta so both teams would be forced to share a point, a result that fell in favor of the Kickers.
The Kickers are back on the road next Saturday night, making the cross country trip out to FC Tucson, September 21 for a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff. That match will be available live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and streaming on ESPN+. Stay up to date with the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Forward Daniel Jackson (#9) was the one that unlocked the Forward Madison FC defense in the first meeting between the teams. The striker’s unassisted effort in the 69th minute delivered the game-winner as the Kickers left Wisconsin with a 1-0 victory. A nominee for USL League One Player of the Month in August, Jackson will look to replicate this high-flying form against the Mingos at home. Forward Joe Gallardo (#10) rediscovered his early-season form with a multi-goal effort at South Georgia Tormenta FC — including a goal that required the forward to dribble past multiple defenders, nutmeg the final one, and put the ball in the back of the net. Of course, Gallardo had a similar run in the first match against Forward Madison that was ultimately denied by the crossbar. If given space, expect Gallardo to convert this time around. Midfielder Braeden Troyer (#31) is coming off a performance against Greenville Triumph SC that earned the veteran a spot on the USL League One’s Team of the Week. The linchpin in the Richmond midfield was vital in suffocating Greenville’s build-up play in the center of the park, and, on the other end of the field, he delivered his first league goal in a Kickers uniform which decided the match in favor of the Reds.
Madison: Midfielder Don Smart (#7) leads Madison in scoring with seven goals in 23 matches this season. He is second in the team in assists with four. Forward Paulo Junior (#11) is second in scoring for Madison with five goals this season. He leads the team in assists with five in 23 appearances and scored the game tying goal in their last match against Tormenta FC. Goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre (#92) has three clean sheets in 13 matches between the pipes this season. The native of Hollywood, Florida needed to make three saves Saturday night to preserve the point at home, bringing his season talley to 31.

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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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Use Exact Change or E-Zpass on Powhite Parkway Starting Today

There will be no manned booths taking money on Powhite for the foreseeable future.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has temporarily suspended cash exchange tolls on Powhite Parkway extension and the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge. This means there won’t be someone to take your money so either have exact change, pay too much, or use an E-Zpass. No mention of any changes to Nickel aka Boulevard Bridge.

As of April 1, if you make an unpaid trip on a Virginia toll facility, you may be able to pay that toll through the “missed-a-toll” process before receiving a notice/invoice. The “missed-a-toll” payment process must take place within six days of the unpaid toll trip.

The standard administration fee associated with “missed-a-toll” has been suspended temporarily.

Exact change can still be dropped into the coin basket at the Powhite Parkway Extension.

E-ZPass is now the most convenient and safest way to pay tolls.

For more information or to order your own E-ZPass, click here.

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Hurry in a Curry to be First Friday Food Truck at Westover Place

Planning your weekly dinner menus just got another option.

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The folks at Westover Place, the strip of stores between The Forest and 48 Hours, will be hosting a rotating food truck every Friday. It will be a single truck and this week is one of my favorites.

Curry in a Hurry will be parked in front of the former “Stories” location (5065 Forest Hill Ave) on Friday (4/3) from 4 – 7 PM. If you’re looking for a little variety or an excuse to take a walk on Friday now you’ve got a good reason. The menu might be a little different for Friday but this is the standard menu.

Never had Curry in a Hurry? This is what owner Barry Hodge has to say about his offerings.

Well, here we are, this is my passion – curry, not just any curry, but British Indian curry. I have been eating this food since I was 5, I have been making this delightful food since I was 15 and now feel it’s time to share the delights of British Indian Curry with the good people of Richmond.

Over the past 60 years it has become the #1 take-away food in England and is now regarded as the “national dish”. Ask anyone you may know who comes from England what they most miss apart from the pubs, they may well tell you it’s the curry. What makes this style of curry any different from any other curry?  Its hard to say, but much has to do with the fresh ingredients, the exotic spices, the aromatic flavors and of course (if desired), the mouth tingling taste!

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