Pittsburgh—With three weeks remaining in the 2013 USL PRO regular season, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds head to the Sunshine State for two critical matches this weekend. On Friday the Riverhounds will meet VSI Tampa Bay at “The Track” and then travel east to meet the Orlando City Lions on Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Both games are slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Riverhounds come into the weekend with a three-game unbeaten streak in league play, beginning with a scoreless draw against the second place Lions on July 17. Following their dominant performance against the Lions, seeing the Riverhounds strike the woodwork twice and having a penalty kick saved in the first half, the Pittsburgh-side defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-1 on July 21 at Highmark Stadium and shutout the Toronto FC Reserves 1-0 at BMO Field on July 27.
Head Coach Justin Evans comments about the severity of the weekend, “At this point of the season to ensure that we make the playoffs, it is critical that we put ourselves in a position to get the maximum amount of points out of each and every game we have left on our schedule.”
Currently the Riverhounds sit just three points behind VSI Tampa Bay for the eighth and final playoff berth. With both clubs battling for position within the league table and focused on securing their ticket into the coveted post-season, the environment in Friday night’s match is shaping up to have a playoff-like atmosphere.
The Riverhounds return to Highmark Stadium on Sunday, August 11, when they host VSI Tampa Bay FC. During the game, the Riverhounds will be collecting donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The team will wear ‘Willig’ jerseys in honor of Sydney Willig, an active 10 year-old currently battling Cystic Fibrosis. Following the game, the Riverhounds will hold a “Shirt Off the Back” raffle with proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Riverhounds are currently collecting pledges for goals scored by the Riverhounds with funds benefiting Sydney and other members of the Pittsburgh community currently battling this life threatening disease. To make a pledge, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (412) 539-1191.