Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (6-2-7) will look to earn its fifth straight victory, playing the Charlotte Independence (3-7-8) at 7 p.m. this Sunday at Sportsplex at Matthews. This will be their second meeting this season. The clubs earlier played to a 0-0 result on May 25 at Highmark Stadium.
The Win Column
Since tying seven of their first 11 games, the Hounds have outscored the opposition 13-1 in their past four matches, posting four wins as a result. Climbing up to eighth in the Eastern Conference standings, the team now has its eyes on a top-five position.
Goalkeeper Kyle Morton has come on strong for the Hounds. Over the course of the team's four-game winning streak, he has started all four matches and posted three clean sheets. Look for Morton to continue to play a key role in the team's defensive success.
This will be the Hounds' second chance to crack the Independence. Historically, the squad has not fared well against the Eastern Conference foe, logging a 0-5-5 all-time record against Charlotte. The Black and Gold has been hot, and will look to use that to its advantage on Sunday.
By the Numbers: 22
The Hounds have the highest conversion rate in the Eastern Conference at 22 percent.
Key to Victory: Team Effort
Many contributors have propelled Pittsburgh to its recent success. From lockdown defensive performances to offensive outbursts, the club has shown multiple ways it can come away with three points. This will be something that will be key to the Hounds' success moving forward.