Just two minutes into last weekend’s 4-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC, Steevan Dos Santos buried the first goal of the match. It then only took seven minutes for Neco Brett to increase the team’s lead to two. By the end of the first half, Brett had a brace, and the Hounds led 3-0.
Sammy Kahsai added to the onslaught with a missile in the 86th minute, giving the Black and Gold their fourth goal of the night.
Last Friday was yet another explosion of offense for this Hounds team, which has now notched four or more tallies five times this season. Pittsburgh has netted 48 goals in 2019, and is on pace for the most goals scored in a season in team history.
“It’s just the movement of the ball that we’ve been getting the last 15 games,” midfielder Kenardo Forbes said on the team’s scoring efforts. “The movement’s been good, so obviously we’re going to score goals. That’s one thing we’ve been trying to make work, to get these guys moving in front of the ball. We’ve finally gotten in, and it’s working.”
Forbes, who leads the team in assists, credits the club’s chemistry for the surge in production. Brett agreed with his teammate, and noted that as chemistry has improved throughout the season, results have as well.
“It’s just the chemistry,” Brett said. “Everybody is working together. We found our form at the right time. We’ve been playing more attacking football as well. The team is playing much better than we were earlier in the season. It feels pretty good.”
For Forbes, the team’s ability to get on the scoreboard early has been another factor in the blowout wins. Goals in the opening minutes of the match have drastically swung momentum in Pittsburgh’s direction, and they’ve been able to keep their foot on the gas.
“When we get an early goal, the confidence goes up,” the midfielder said. “Then we continue to get after them again and we get a second and a third. Then teams will put their heads down and we might get a fourth. It’s good for us as a team, and I think we’re moving in the right direction.”
Just nine games remain on the schedule, and plenty of points are up for grabs as the season winds down. The Black and Gold now hold the Eastern Conference’s fifth seed and are gaining on the team’s ahead of them.
If the club can continue to do what it's been doing of late, the homestretch of the season should be a memorable one for all of those involved.
“All we need to do is work hard, follow the coaches’ instructions," Brett said, "and we can get big results.”