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.
I’ll admit that for soccer fans there might be a little bit of distraction with that soccer tournament in Brazil and not 100% attention will be paid to the Richmond Kickers this weekend. That’s a shame because live soccer is even more magical than ESPN soccer. That being said if you happen to be a fan of that little soccer tournament sometimes referred to as the World Cup you should break out the calendar and mark down the date June 22nd. There is going to be an outdoor viewing event, the first of it’s kind in Richmond that will allow you to watch US vs. Portugal with 3,000 of your closest friends. More details to come but for now go here.
The Richmond Kickers are at 7-1-5 on the season while Wilmington are at 5-1-3. Again kudos to USL for scheduling brilliance as we have a team that has played 14 games (not counting Open Cup) up against a team that has played 9 games. I could understand one or two game difference but five seems a bit extreme. Match Preview is online.
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.