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What2Watch4: Birmingham - 6/29

By David Borne, 06/26/19, 9:30AM EDT


Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (4-2-7) looks to grab its third consecutive win this weekend, hosting Birmingham Legion FC (3-8-4) at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Highmark Stadium.

Birmingham Blues

The club’s last five matches have been rough for Birmingham. Legion FC is 0-4-1 during that timespan, while being outscored by a total of 12-4. Birmingham did manage to earn a 2-2 draw against Hartford Athletic last weekend, but is still trying to pull itself out of the slump.

Can’t Stop Steevan

Hounds’ striker Steevan Dos Santos has found the back of the net in both of the club’s most recent games. The striker has created scoring opportunities as well, connecting with Neco Brett to notch assists in both of those matches.

So far this season, Riverhounds SC is 3-0 when Dos Santos has scored.

Steel Curtain

The Black and Gold’s defensive unit has been unbreakable of late. The efforts of  Tobi Adewole, Joe Greenspan, Ryan James, and Thomas Vancaeyezeele have resulted in consecutive clean sheets. The backline looks to continue its dominance again this weekend against a Birmingham team that has struggled to put goals on the board.

By the Numbers: 1

This Saturday’s contest will mark the first-ever matchup between Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and Birmingham Legion FC.

Key to Victory: Keep the Ball Rolling

For Riverhounds SC, the match with Birmingham may not have come at a better time. The Black and Gold are in the midst of their most successful stretch of the season, and Birmingham hasn’t been able to create any sort of rhythm as of late.

If the Hounds can come out with the same energy and aggression that they did last weekend against New York Red Bulls II, a victory could be likely.