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Three things: Eastern Conference Semifinals

By David Borne, 10/29/19, 8:00AM EDT

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No. 1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC hosts No. 4 Louisville City FC this Saturday at Highmark Stadium. The Hounds posted a 1-0-1 record against Louisville during the regular season, most recently playing to a 0-0 draw on Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh.

BACK-TO-BACK

Louisville City FC enters as the two-time defending league champions. The club posted a 17-8-9 record during the regular season, finishing the year with 60 points. Road games were a bit of a challenge for the club, as it had five of its eight losses away from home.

Magnus Rasmussen paced the team’s attack during the regular season with 13 goals. The Danish midfielder also netted the club’s two goals in its 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last week. 

STAY HOT

Riverhounds SC’s seven-goal performance last weekend tied for the most tallies in a single game in club history. Neco Brett led the way for the Hounds with a USL Championship record-tying four goals in a playoff game, combined with tallies from Robbie Mertz and Jordan Dover.

Louisville plays a strong defensive brand of soccer, finishing the regular season conceding just 42 goals. That number marked seventh fewest in the Eastern Conference, and ninth fewest in the entire USL Championship.

The Hounds will need to keep their foot on the gas offensively to find success on Saturday.

12 AND COUNTING

With the win over Birmingham Legion FC last weekend, Riverhounds SC extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games. The last time the club dropped a result came on Aug. 17 against North Carolina FC, a game which the Hounds played a man down for the entirety of the second half.

The win also improved the Black and Gold’s record in all competitions at Highmark Stadium to 13-0-7 in 2019.