The Kickers’ season hasn’t been over for very long and already the off-season is full of news. The biggest news, of course, was that the team didn’t pick-up Head Coach David Bulow’s contract. Word from the team is that the new coach search is going well. I wouldn’t expect any announcement until the Championship League (one above the Kickers) is fully wrapped up as there might be some quality coaches looking for a job.
The second biggest news was released today. The Kickers announced 12 players that will form the core of next year’s team. There were no surprises with the possible exception of local connected Eli Lockaby and Joe Rice being left off. This doesn’t mean they won’t be in red next year it just means that as of today they’re not signed up. Arguably the biggest hole that needs to be filled for the Kickers is that of striker. The Kickers had trouble throughout the year in finding the back of the net and that definitely needs to be addressed.
Full Announcement from the Kickers:
The Richmond Kickers announced the initial updates to the roster ahead of the 2020 USL League One Season. The club has exercised the contracts of nine players from the 2019 roster. With three players currently under contract, the 2020 roster currently stands at 12 players.
“I am excited about the quality of players returning for the 2020 season,” said Interim Head Coach Mika Elovaara. “Bringing back the defensive core that helped us keep 10 clean sheets, combined with our leading scorer and assists leader makes for a strong foundation to build on. Overall, we feel that the 2020 roster is starting to shape up very nicely.”
Already on contract for the 2020 season, the Kickers will see forward Joe Gallardo, midfielder Ryley Kraft and defender Scott Thomsen return to City Stadium.
The club has exercised the options for goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald, defenders Wahab Ackwei, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, midfielders Amass Amankona, Greg Boehme, Matt Bolduc, Mutaya Mwape and forward Charles Boateng.
More announcements will be coming soon regarding the head coach and more roster additions ahead of the 2020 season.
The current Richmond Kickers roster ahead of the 2020 USL League One season, listed by position alphabetically, is below:
Goalkeepers (1): Akira Fitzgerald
Defenders (4): Wahab Ackwei, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen
Midfielders (5): Amass Amankona, Greg Boehme, Matt Bolduc, Ryley Kraft, Mutaya Mwape
Forwards (2): Charles Boateng, Joe Gallardo
Arrest Made in Jahnke Road Food Lion Shooting
At approximately 11:57 a.m. on September 21, officers responded to the parking lot of the Food Lion grocery store in the 6400 block of Jahnke Road for the report of a person shot.
Richmond Police detectives have made an arrest in a shooting that happened on Jahnke Road last month.
Jermanny Hernandez turned himself in to detectives yesterday. He is charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.
At approximately 11:57 a.m. on September 21, officers responded to the parking lot of the Food Lion grocery store in the 6400 block of Jahnke Road for the report of a person shot. An adult male with a gunshot wound was located and transported to a local hospital with an injury that was considered life threatening.
“We would like to thank the public and our media partners for their assistance in sharing the information related to Mr. Hernandez,” said Major Crimes Captain James Laino.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective O. Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Black Bear Spotted in James River Park
I can barely contain my excitement about a bear.
The black bear is not the bear being reported but rather a placeholder bear from Wikipedia until someone gets a picture.
My husband was out on a long ramble with our dog and the dog became very keyed up as they got to the top of the pedestrian bridge at 42nd st. Husband looked down in time to catch a glimpse of a bear.The bear was seen entering the underbrush near the bottom of the steps. This was at 11:40 this morning.
Sorry, no photos.This is not the first time that they have seen bears in the park at about this time of year.
So, heads up, neighbors!
Halloween Howl Takes the Dogs Online this Year
You have a week to show off your pooch’s best trick and/or costume.
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
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!