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.
Sorry for the break in predictions but you know, World Cup and all. Your loyal editor spent entirely too much time and money at Gus’ and his liver is still recovering. Well, the soccer train rolls on here in good old RVA and pulling into town this week are the Charleston Battery for a 7:00 PM kickoff. This used to be a major rivalry but its fallen to the wayside as of late. The reason for this falling off is that the two teams played in different leagues for a few years so the hate faded. Saturday will be the 50th meeting between the two teams and the all time series is dead even so perhaps there is hope for a little heat.
The Richmond Kickers are at 9-1-8 on the season while Charleston are at 4-7-5. There are plenty of things you could watch at the game. You can watch the slow build up out of the back and the subtle touches of the mid-field. Me, I’m just going to wait until the Kickers give Delicate the ball and he scores. Full match preview is online. It’s Summer Fest at City Stadium which means waterslide and other craziness for the kids and 4 tickets for $20 if you buy before 6:30 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.