Prior to every home game a panel of so called experts will predict the outcome of the Richmond Kickers game. Each expert receives 1 point for each correct prediction. At the end of the season the winner gets a trophy and pack of gum.
Harrisburg is known for hosting the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show which is the largest indoor agriculture exposition in the U.S. and nearly becoming Three Mile Island Part 2. They call their team the Islanders and have palm trees on their logo. Pennsylvania palm trees, ponder that for a moment. On Saturday, July 26th, these Islanders row into town.
The Richmond Kickers are at 10-1-9 on the season while Harrisburg are at 5-7-5. Due to a rescheduled game the Kickers were in Charleston on Tuesday and don’t forget they played a game this past Saturday. On Monday the Kickers play Crystal Palace from the Barclay’s Premiere League. Let’s all take a moment and give the scheduling Gods a nice round of applause for making the players play four games in eight days in the summer heat. Should make for some really beautiful football, pulled muscles, hamstrings, or other assorted damage. Full match preview is online.
On a positive note, beer, lots of beer. The Kickers are hosting their first ever Craft Beer Night. Over 20 craft beers and ciders will be available on tap featuring brewing companies such as SweetWater, Shiner, Boulevard, Foothills, Lonerider, Lost Rhino, Smartmouth and Wild Wolf, as well as small batch selections from Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. For the low price of $12 you get a ticket, beer, and commemorative cup. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM.
RVA News Soccer Guru (Richard Hayes): All of Richard’s soccer knowledge comes from playing FIFA on the original Playstation and standing in bars, drinking, and yelling at the television. He also helps run RVA DCU and American Outlaws Richmond Chapter, which mainly involves drinking and yelling at televisions.
Red Army (Matt Myers): Matt was sent off by Leigh Cowlishaw in a summer camp scrimmage as a pre-teen but has not held that against the team. He’s coming to grips with being a relatively old man now after seeing the youngsters in the Red Army and on the Kickers roster. He’s also attended way more matches than he should admit to, especially for having lived in Richmond a total of one out of the last 13 years.
Richmond Kickers (Kickeroo): The Kicker from down under. He doesn’t really like anyone who isn’t a fan of the Kickers. A daredevil who will pretty much try anything and everything but would rather not talk (on the advice from lawyers) about the incident with the scooter and the Flaming Hoop of Death. He’s also sensitive marsupial who enjoys long walks on a dew covered soccer field and watching the sun set behind the goal post. He also shares something with the new Kickers beer, Kick it Hunny: Hops.
Total Soccer Show (Daryl Grove): Daryl is English so every thing he says about footsoccerball naturally carries more weight because he says it a British accent. He is also part of the excellent local radio show and podcast Total Soccer Show that keeps track of all soccer related things in an intelligent and fun way. If you’re not listening to the Total Soccer Show you need to change that post haste.