COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 2, 2020) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC fell to Columbus Crew SC, 3-0, this afternoon at Obetz Training Center.
Crew SC held a 1-0 lead at the half before tacking on two second-half tallies to close the match. Pittsburgh now holds a 2-2-3 record this preseason.
“We couldn’t keep the ball, so we were just defending,” assistant coach Dan Visser said. “We grew into the game a little bit and had some moments. There were some positives in the end.”
Columbus struck first in the 37th minute, placing a shot into the bottom-left corner from inside the penalty area.
The MLS squad scored again in the 47th and 54th minutes, with each shot being taken from inside of the 18-yard box as well. In the 47th minute, the club freed up space before converting from the left side of the pitch. Columbus’ final goal occurred after a series that saw multiple rebound opportunities.
Before Crew SC found the scoresheet, the Hounds had a couple opportunities of their own. Defender Ryan James played a cross just beyond the end line in the 24th minute. Three minutes later, Lukas Fernandes sent a cross across the goalmouth, but just missed connecting with Mark Forrest.
Riverhounds SC will close its preseason with a match against Toronto FC II at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Highmark Stadium. This match is free to attend for the public.
Riverhounds SC Lineups:
First Half: Tomas Gomez – Ryan James (Danny Griffin), Hunter Ashworth, Patrick Bunk-Andersen, Jordan Dover – Tony Walls, Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz, Anthony Velarde – Lukas Fernandes (Dani Rovira), Mark Forrest
Second Half: Tomas Gomez (Danny Vitiello) – Dani Rovira, Hunter Ashworth (Skylar Thomas), Patrick Bunk-Andersen (Jerry Wiltshire), Jordan Dover (Xhelil Asani) – Tony Walls (Aydan Bowers), Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz [Anthony Velarde (Osagi Bascome)], Anthony Velarde (Devin Boyce), Danny Griffin – Mark Forrest (Lukas Fernandes)
CLB – 37’
CLB – 47’
CLB – 54’