The Riverhounds (8-12-11) look to finish the campaign on a high note as they ready for the season finale against Ottawa Fury FC (8-10-13) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Highmark Stadium. Pittsburgh won their previous meeting this year, 1-0.
Total wash out
Starting all 28 of his appearances, Taylor Washington leads Hounds defenders with 2,415 minutes. The speedy wingback has prevented numerous opposing threats and leads the team with 96 interceptions on the season. Totaling six clearances last time out, Washington should once again help hold down the backline this weekend.
Souto of the team
Victor Souto has put together a successful rookie campaign and served as a main catalyst of the Hounds’ counterattack this year. Throughout the season, he has held down the center of the field and leads the team with 64 tackles. Souto, who recorded three tackles against Ottawa earlier this year, will look to finish the season strong on Saturday.
Ottawa’s most interesting scorer
Steevan Dos Santos leads the Ottawa attack, pacing the team in goals (10), points (21) and shots (42). The striker has been hot as of late, scoring in two straight games for Fury FC. The Hounds backline held Dos Santos without a goal in their prior meeting this season and will need to once again lock in on him during the season finale.
After receiving starting nods this past weekend, Kevin Kerr and Mike Green each logged their 131st appearance with the Hounds. Both players are tied for third all-time in caps in Pittsburgh history.
After outshooting FC Cincinnati 14-11 on Sept. 2, the Hounds have been outshot in each of their five games afterward. In perhaps its longest offensive slump this season, Pittsburgh has been held without a goal in two straight games – the first time this has occurred since this past May. The Black and Gold must break out of this funk on Saturday.