Kickers Challenge Mexican Olympic National Team, Host World Cup Viewing Parties (Ticket Giveaway)

by | Jun 25, 2014 | POLITICS

Soccer (futball!) is on the tip of everyone’s tongues right now and it’s a great time to be a Richmonder cause there’s plenty of chances to get in on the action – on the big screen and in person.

Soccer (futball!) is on the tip of everyone’s tongues right now and it’s a great time to be a Richmonder cause there’s plenty of chances to get in on the action – on the big screen and in person.

Next Tuesday, 7/1, the Richmond Kickers will host the Mexican Olympic National Team at City Stadium and it’s sure to be a blowout.

“Our previous Mexico match-up produced an electric crowd that was one, if not the best, fan atmospheres we have ever experienced at City Stadium,” commented Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers Director of Soccer. “This is another fantastic opportunity for our fans and players to sample the energy, passion and authentic soccer atmosphere this Word Cup style event will bring to RVA.”

Here’s some additional details about next week’s game via the Kicker’s:

The El Tri U-21s is comprised mainly of players from Liga MX powers including Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas), Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V. and Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club S.A. de C.V. The current U-21s will likely form the core of the squad Mexico sends to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Mexico is the reigning Olympic champion as they won their country’s first gold medal in soccer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The match marks the second time in club history that the Kickers will face the Mexican Olympic National Team, having hosted an exhibition in April 2010 when the visitors posted a 3-1 win. Rain showers throughout the day did not deter nearly 4,000 eager fans that saw David Izazola claim an early lead for the Mexican side with a 22nd minute tally. Former Kickers midfielder Mike Burke notched the equalizer just after halftime, with the score remaining deadlocked until the waning minutes of the match. Two back-to-back goals during stoppage time by Isaac Acuna and Piccolo Rojo, respectively, broke the stalemate to finish the first of their three-game U.S. tour on top.

You can pick up tickets to the game here, and you can also enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets through the widget below:

But before next week’s game, join the Kickers for one of many World Cup viewing parties! The team will be at a number of bars this Thursday, so join in on the fun and go team USA!

10am-2pm – Bellytimber Tavern, located at 1501 W. Main Street
Offering $5.00 burgers and Happy Hour specials throughout the match, Bellytimber will have the Kickers official craft beer, Kick It Hunny, on tap.

Baja Bean 1520 W. Main Street
10 TVs in five viewing areas, including two 50” TVs outdoors on the patio.
The “Murica”-theme Happy Hour will include drink specials until 7pm, as well as $2.00 nachos, $5.00 chicken sandwiches and a double cheeseburger quesadilla

Home Team Grill, located at 1630 W. Main Street and Penny Lane, at 421 E. Franklin Street

high-definition screens, Happy Hour specials and an electric atmosphere to cheer on Team USA.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at

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