The 2019 campaign was a historic one for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which finished the regular season undefeated at home and earned its first-ever playoff win at Highmark Stadium. The Hounds were impressive on both sides of the ball, and even set a few new club records in the process. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 2019 campaign that was by the numbers.
The Hounds posted 19 regular season season wins, a new club record for wins in a single-season campaign. It is also just the fifth time in club history that the Black and Gold has eclipsed 15 wins in a season, having also done so most recently in 2018.
Riverhounds SC scored 58 goals during the 2019 season, the second-most scored in a single season in club history. Pittsburgh boasted two double-digit goal scorers, led by Neco Brett with 13. They also finished with nine players scoring at least three goals or more.
The Hounds posted a league-leading 17 clean sheets on the season, two more than second-place Nashville SC.
Kyle Morton led individual keepers with 13 clean sheets, a new club record, while Austin Pack and Ben Lundgaard each posted two apiece.
Pittsburgh logged a low 0.88 team goals-against average. This is just the third time in franchise history it allowed less than one goal per game, with the other occasions occurring in 2018 (0.76 goals-against average) and 2004 (0.85 goals-against average).
The club set a new attendance record with 6,073 fans in the house at Highmark Stadium for its Eastern Conference Semifinals showdown against Louisville City FC.
The Hounds’ 42 yellow cards were the fewest of any club in the USL Championship in 2019.
Club mainstay Kevin Kerr broke the Riverhounds club record for most career assists with a pair of helpers against Birmingham Legion FC that pushed his career total to 27.
A mainstay for the Hounds all season, Ryan James set a club record with 87 tackles during the 2019 campaign (tracked since 2017), breaking the previous record of 80 set by Mouhamed Dabo during the 2018 season.
Joe Greenspan was an anchor for Pittsburgh’s backline all year, recording 151 total clearances during the regular season, just 11 shy of the club record of 162 he set last season.
Neco Brett’s 31 points on the season was the fourth-highest individual total in Riverhounds club history, trailing his 2018 total of 37 along with Thiago Martins (51 points in 2003) and Rob Vincent (42 points in 2015).
A member of the Hounds was awarded USL Championship Player of the Week honors three times during the season. Steeven Dos Santos (Week 15), Neco Brett (Week 26), and Kenardo Forbes (Week 30) were the three Hounds to receive the honors.
Longest-tenured Hound Kevin Kerr added 30 games played to his career club statistics. The midfielder now sits at 181 career games played for Pittsburgh, ranking second to only David Flavius’ 183 appearances.
Head coach Bob Lilley set the new club record for most wins as a manager at 38 victories in all competitions. He broke Ricardo Iribarren's previous record of 35 after taking down Saint Louis FC 1-0 on Oct. 12.
It has been 483 days since Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC lost a regular season home game, having last dropped a regular season match at Highmark Stadium back on July 21, 2018, vs. Charleston Battery.