(April 17, 2021) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC came up on the short end of the scoreboard for the first time this preseason, as they were defeated 2-0 by USL Championship rivals Louisville City FC at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Oscar Jimenez scored two minutes into the match, and Corben Bone added the second goal in the 80th minute for Louisville, which was playing its final preseason match. The Hounds (2-1-1 preseason) outshot Louisville, 11-9, including a 6-4 edge in shots on goal.
“We were better than last week, and the possession was pretty even. I think we were pretty good, to be honest,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. “The game was even, but they always look dangerous when they get their time on the ball. It was definitely better than (last Saturday at) Cincinnati, but we still let them in behind us more than I’d like.”
Along with the shooting advantage and winning more corner kicks by a 6-4 margin, the Hounds had a penalty kick stopped by Louisville goalkeeper Chris Hubbard that would have tied the match 1-1.
In total, the Hounds still utilized 20 different players, with only goalkeeper Danny Vitiello and midfielder Danny Griffin playing the full 90 minutes. The match was also the Hounds’ first preseason match played with fans in attendance, as Louisville City was able to welcome limited capacity to Lynn Family Stadium.
“There was a bit of a crowd, it’s a big field, and we’re continuing to work our fitness being only three weeks in (to preseason),” Lilley said. “We played 19 field players, and a lot of the starters went 60, 65 minutes. (Midfielder) Kenardo Forbes played the second half, so he got some time. The last two (preseason) games, we’re going to need to see more guys start to play 90 minutes to be ready to head down to Tampa.”
The Riverhounds go on the road one more time this preseason next Saturday, when they will face another USL Championship opponent, Indy Eleven, at 1 p.m. in Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. The team will finish its preseason slate Saturday, May 1, when they host Philadelphia Union II at noon at Highmark Stadium.
Riverhounds starting lineup — Danny Vitiello; Preston Kilwien, *Jelani Peters, *Rennico Clarke, Jordan Dover; Anthony Velarde, Todd Wharton, Danny Griffin, Louis Perez; Russell Cicerone, Josh Gatt
Louisville starting lineup — Chris Hubbard; Oscar Jimenez, Akil Watts, Sean Totsch, Wes Charpie, Jonathan Gomez, Tyler Gibson, Niall McCabe, Paolo DelPiccolo, Cameron Lancaster, Brian Ownby
* — denotes trialists
(Substitution information not available)
LOU — Oscar Jimenez 2’
LOU — Corben Bone 80’