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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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Halloween Howl Takes the Dogs Online this Year

You have a week to show off your pooch’s best trick and/or costume.

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Halloween Howl has been a long standing annual tradition in Forest Hill Park, bringing our community together with dogs and their people to benefit Friends of Forest Hill Park and Ring Dog Rescue. The Howl has included dog/owner games, best pet trick competition, costume parade and refreshments. Ring Dog Rescue participated with their adoptable dogs, and CritterTown BathHouse provided a Pooch Pad as well as free nail clipping for a donation to Ring Dog Rescue. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior, Middle and High School park volunteers, judged the events and awarded prizes. This year due to COVID health concerns, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Senior Jacob Lee, has created a virtual event page for our event so we can continue to host it this year! We greatly appreciate Jacob’s time and talent!

For more information on Ring Dog Rescue go to ringdogrescue.org.

For more information on Friends of Forest Hill Park and the Junior Group go to friendsofforesthillpark.org

How it Works

Please register for the Halloween Howl event below. We hope you will consider making a donation as well. Half of the donations will go to Ring Dog Rescue and and the other half to Friends of Forest Hill Park.

Upload a picture of your dog in his/her costume or a short video of your pet’s best trick by Saturday, October 24th at Noon. The Friends of Forest Hill Park Junior will Judge the following categories, and prizes will be awarded:

  • Best Pet Trick
  • Best Dog/Owner Duo
  • Best Costume Overall
  • Cutest Costume
  • Scariest Costume
  • Judges Choice

You will be notified by email Sunday, October 25th, and winners will be posted on this site. We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy until we can resume our live event in the park!

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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.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Red-eyed Vireo
Scientific Name: Vireo olivaceus
Length: 4.7-5.1 in (12-13 cm)
Weight: 0.4-0.9 oz (12-26 g)
Wingspan: 9.1-9.8 in (23-25 cm)

 

Quick Facts (Courtesy of Cornell Labs)

  • The red iris that gives the Red-eyed Vireo its name doesn’t develop until the end of the birds’ first winter. Then the brown iris the birds were born with becomes dull brick red to bright crimson in different individuals.
  • Some find the Red-eyed Vireo’s song unending and monotonous. Bradford Torrey wrote in 1889, “I have always thought that whoever dubbed this vireo the ‘preacher’ could have had no very exalted opinion of the clergy.” But each male sings 30 or more different songs, and neighbors have unique repertoires. Over 12,500 different Red-eyed Vireo song types have been recorded.
  • On May 27, 1952, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence counted the number of songs sung by a single Red-eyed Vireo seeking a mate on his territory 180 miles north of Toronto. He sang 22,197 songs in the 14 hours from just before dawn to evening, singing for 10 of those hours.
  • From the 1920s to the 1940s Red-eyed Vireos expanded west into Utah and Oregon and northeast into Newfoundland. The most likely cause is new shelterbelts and landscaping, particularly where eastern tree species were planted. Since the 1970s, however, numbers in the Big Basin region of the West seem to have fallen steadily.
  • Several subspecies of Red-eyed Vireos remain resident in South America or migrate only within that continent.
  • The Red-eyed Vireo’s magnetic compass guides migration between continents. But fat stores seem to influence migration paths when the birds encounter the Gulf of Mexico. Fatter birds head across the Gulf, while leaner birds hug the coastline or travel inland around the Gulf. Cloud cover also makes routes near land more likely.
  • The oldest known Red-eyed Vireo was at least 10 years, 2 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operation in Maryland.

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Vander at Richmond SPCA

Hey there! My name is Vander and I was transferred to the Richmond SPCA from Texas. I can be nervous in new situations, so I need someone that will proceed with things at my pace. Are you a patient person that is willing to take things slow for a pup like me? If so, I might be a great fit for you! Please call the nice folks at the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307. Thanks!

Age: 4 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: White / Black
Size: XL (dog size guide)
ID: 45395097

Adopt Vander at Richmond SPCA

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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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The Goats are Back at Forest View Cemetery

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Forest View Cemetery sits at 4909 Bassett Avenue. Established in the 1800’s, the cemetery has suffered neglect in the ensuing years becoming overgrown with brambles and ivy. Friends of Forst View Cemetary have been working to restore the cemetery. The latest example is bringing in RVA Goats for a bit of bramble munching. The goats are expected to be there for a few more days. You can donate to Friends of Forest View Cemetary here.

 

Forest View Cemetery is registered with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and can be found on a map dated 1898, though it could date back much further. Bernard Markham, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, owned the land in 1768 and more research needs to be done to learn about the land’s prior uses. Neighborhood lore tells us that it may have been a slave cemetery. It has been told that a Native American man, who lived on the property and tended the well, is buried there. There is also the story of a woman who was said to be too large for a coffin, so she was buried sitting in a straight back chair. Residents who grew up in the neighborhood remember playing among the headstones in the 1950’s, but the lot has become so overgrown with brambles and ivy that the headstones are no longer visible.

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