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Game Preview: #PGHvOTT

By Riverhounds Staff, 04/12/18, 1:30PM EDT

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PITTSBURGH (April 12, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (1-0-2) looks to extend its three-game unbeaten streak this Saturday, hosting Ottawa Fury FC (0-2-0) at 7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.

The Hounds have been hot to start the year, having yet to concede a goal, while most recently pouring on four tallies against Toronto FC II last weekend. They are one of only two teams in the league not to have allowed a goal so far this year, while a shutout on Saturday would set the longest streak ever for the Hounds in the current era of the USL (since 2011).

Saturday’s match marks the second straight opponent the Hounds have faced north of the border. The club has fared well against its Canadian counterparts in Ottawa and Toronto, holding a 7-0-3 record all-time, including 1-0-1 against Fury FC.

For Ottawa, the club has struggled to date, allowing the most goals in the Eastern Conference (9) despite playing the least amount of games (2). This weekend’s tilt will mark the third straight game for Fury FC on the road to start the season.

Off the pitch, the Hounds have teamed up with Bundesliga side FC Schalke for a second straight season to do a special giveaway, as the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a co-branded koozie. In addition, fans can expect to receive a free schedule magnet, provided by Amcom Office Systems, while supplies last.

Tickets to Saturday’s match are still available and can be purchased at Riverhounds.com. Fans unable to attend can follow the action live at USL Match Center

More info on the match can be found below. 


Game Info

WHO

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Ottawa Fury FC

WHEN

7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14

WHERE

Highmark Stadium

WATCH

USL Match Center

FOLLOW

Twitter: @RiverhoundsSC - #PGHvOTT | #UNLEASH


What to watch for


Team Records

Ottawa Fury FC overall record: 0-2-0

Ottawa Fury FC road record: 0-2-0

STREAK: L2

Pittsburgh overall record: 1-0-2

Pittsburgh home record: 1-0-1

STREAK: W1


Hounds Injury Report

Ben Fitzpatrick – Out (Lower-body)

Joe Greenspan – Out (Calf)

Romeo Parkes – Out (Knee)


Recent Head-to-Head

October 14, 2017, at Highmark Stadium

Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 1

Scoring Summary:

OTT – Nick DePuy 9’ (Carl Haworth)
PGH – Corey Hertzog 77’ (penalty)

May 13, 2017, at TD Place Stadium

Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 0

Scoring Summary:

PGH – Corey Hertzog 52’ (Ritchie Duffie)


Season Leaders

Pittsburgh

Goals: Neco Brett (3)

Assists: Neco Brett, Thomas Vancaeyezeele and Ben Zemanski (1)

Points: Neco Brett (7)

Saves: Dan Lynd (2)

Save %: Dan Lynd and Kyle Morton (1.000)

GAA: Dan Lynd and Kyle Morton (0.00)

Ottawa Fury FC

Goals: Sito Seoane (1)

Assists: Michael Salazar (1)

Points: Sito Seoane (2)

Saves: Callum Irving (7)

Save %: Callum Irving (.438)

GAA: Callum Irving (4.50)


Last time out...

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh 4, Toronto FC II 0

SCORING SUMMARY:

PGH – Neco Brett 52’ (Thomas Vancaeyezeele)
PGH – Neco Brett 59’ (Ben Zemanski)
PGH – Neco Brett 83’
PGH – Christiano François 88’ (Neco Brett)

LINEUP:

Kyle Morton – Ray Lee, Tobi Adewole, Todd Pratzner, Jordan Dover (Hugh Roberts 74’) – Ben Zemanski (Kay Banjo 74’), Mouhamed Dabo – Kevin Kerr (Andrew Lubahn 80’), Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Christiano François – Neco Brett

Ottawa Fury FC

Tampa Bay 5, Ottawa 0

SCORING SUMMARY:

TAM – Georgi Hristov 61’ (Marcel Schäfer)

TAM – Chris Mannella 71’ (own goal)

TAM – Leo Fernandes 79’

TAM – Joe Cole 87’ (Jack Blake)

TAM – Zachary Portillos 90+3’ (Leo Fernandes)

LINEUP:

Callum Irving – Onua Obasi, Chris Mannella, Colin Falvey, Kyle Porter – Michael Salazar (Sito Seoane 74’), Jamar Dixon, Cristian Portilla, Kevin Oliveira, Carl Haworth (Tony Taylor 64’) – Gerardo Bruna (Steevan Dos Santos 68’)



Specials

First 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a co-branded Hounds-FC Schalke koozie. Free schedule magnets, provided by Amcom Office Systems, will also be handed out while supplies last. Lastly, fans can enjoy $1 beers from gates open at 5:30 p.m. until kickoff.