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PREVIEW: Kickers vs Toronto FC II

Two games remain in the Kickers’ season and they’re both at home. Finishing strong is on everyone’s mind.

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Opponent: Toronto FC II (8-10-8)
Date/Time:
Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, – 7 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – Chattannooga 2

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THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT

  1. Finish Strong – The hope was that the Kickers would finish strong and maybe with a lot of luck sneak into the playoffs. That didn’t happen and the Kickers haven’t won since Sept 7th. Only two games remain to make some sort of statement.
  2. So Foul – The Kickers will be without defensive standout Braedon Troyer after a questionable red card on Saturday. That game on Saturday the Kickers had two players out due to red cards. So everything is coming up red but not in a good way. Let’s hope that trend ends on Wednesday.
  3. Goals – One goal in the past four games doesn’t make for exciting or winning soccer. Significant improvement will need to be made over the off-season if the Kickers hope to compete next year.

PREDICTION

On paper, the Kickers could win. Toronto is on the basement stairs but only one step above. The Kickers will be at home so they’ve got that going for them. Both teams had to play on Saturday so no advantage there. I’ve been pretty optimistic about my predictions this year and see no reason to change my failing methodology.

Kickers 2 – Toronto 0

 

Official Kickers Preview:

The Richmond Kickers (8-13-5) will host the first of two matches this week starting Wednesday night as they host Toronto FC II (8-10-8) at City Stadium for Breast Cancer Awareness Night. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the first 400 fans, ages 14 and up, will be given a Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt presented by the VCU Massey Cancer Center. The midweek match will also be College Night for all the students in the Richmond area. Students with valid college ids can purchase $6 tickets at the booths outside the stadium. Finally, fans over the age of 21 can take advantage of Happy Hour specials from 5:30-7 p.m. that include $1 PBR can beers and $3 off craft beers and wine. Tickets for the match are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

With a series that goes back to the 2015 USL Championship season, the Kickers hold the overall advantage with a record of 6-3-2. This match will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs in USL League One this season. The first match was back on July 26 at BMO Training Ground, with the Kickers giving TFC II their first home loss of the season behind a 2-1 road victory. Toronto got on the board in the 19th minute with a goal from Matthew Srbely. Scott Thomsen stepped up for a free kick in the 35th minute, which he puts in towards the near post only to have the ball knocked in when Eric Klenofsky lost control of the ball. Josh Hughes was the hero in the 48th minute, putting away a saved Joe Gallardo penalty. The teams battled to a 2-2 draw at City Stadium on August 17. The Kickers held on to a 2-0 lead at halftime with a brace by Daniel Jackson. The visitors pulled level in the 87th minute after the tying goal from Terique Mohammed.

Richmond closed out the road portion of their 2019 USL League One schedule, falling to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, 1-2. The Kickers were reduced to 10 men in the 23rd minute after Braeden Troyer was sent off with a straight red card after a challenge from behind that lead to a penalty for the Red Wolves. Ualefi found the back of the net, despite Akira Fitzgerald guessing correctly a minute later. Sito Seoane slipped through the Kickers backline to put Chattanooga up 2-0 in the 32nd minute. Mutaya Mwape switched the field for Charles Boateng, who settled and fired a shot on frame for his first league goal in the 65th minute.

Toronto claimed a 1-0 victory in their last home match of the season over South Georgia Tormenta FC last Friday night. Jayden Nelson set up Franco Ramos Mingo in the 23rd minute for the lone goal of the night. Eric Klenofsky made three saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season.

The Kickers will host their final match of the season against Orlando City B and Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Fans over the age of 21 can partake in the extended Happy Hour special from 5:30-7 p.m. and enjoy $3 off their craft beers and wine. After the match has concluded, fans under the age of 14 are invited to partake in a post-match shootout at the North End goal. Meanwhile, fans are also invited to a post-match meet and greet with the players from 9-9:30 p.m. Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Richmond: Forward Charles Boateng (#77) has been a spark for the Richmond attack in recent weeks. The striker scored an absolute banger against Chattanooga Red Wolves SC that earned a Goal of the Week nomination from USL League One. Previously, against the likes of North Texas SC, Boateng proved to be an impact sub that changed the dynamic of the attack. Boateng has an opportunity to have another eventful night against a Toronto defense that has conceded 44 goals which ranks second worst in the league. Forward Mutaya Mwape (#80) combined with Boateng during the Chattanooga match where the Zambian winger served up an arching cross that put Boateng in position to score. Mwape’s pace with or without the ball always requires the attention of opposing fullbacks and he’s able to open up space for other players to play more forward. If Mwape and Boateng continue their partnership from the Chattanooga match, they will have the opportunity to wreak havoc against the Toronto. Midfielder Matt Bolduc (#11) has been the maestro in midfield for the Kickers. Bolduc leads the team with six assists on the season, and his influence in the center of the park allows him to make runs and distribute to the forwards. The midfielder is always looking to play the ball into dangerous areas as evidenced by his 17 chances created that ranks second on the team. Look for Bolduc to ignite the Richmond attack.

Toronto: Forward Jordan Perruzza (#77) is the main goal scoring threat for Toronto, and the major defensive target for the Kickers. The need to shutdown Perruzza is a simple calculus based on the previous two matchups. The Kickers won at Toronto when Peruzza did not score, and the Kickers drew at home when Peruzza did score. Shutdown Perruzza — who is the second leading scorer in the league with 12 goals — and get three points. Midfielder Matthew Srbely (#50) is another offensive threat requiring containment from the Kickers to win a second match this season against Toronto. Srbely currently leads the MLS affiliate with five assists and he even notched the opening goal in the first matchup between the clubs. Keeping him off the ball and unable to create will go a long way in securing a win at City Stadium for the Reds.Midfielder Luca Petrasso (#39) is the other creator in the Toronto midfield. Currently, he ranks tied for ninth in the league with 35 chances created on the season. His facilitation has provided three assists for the MLS affiliate while he has even notched two goals.

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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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