PITTSBURGH (April 19, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (2-0-2) hits the road for the second time this season, riding a four-game unbeaten streak into Nippert Stadium to face FC Cincinnati (2-1-1) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
The match pits two top-eight squads against each other, as the Hounds currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference to Cincinnati’s seventh. In the midst of the club’s best start to the season the in the modern era of the USL (since 2011), Pittsburgh seeks its first ever win against the hosts in five tries (0-3-2) – each match has been decided by a goal or less.
The Hounds have been stout on the defensive end to start the season, currently standing as the only club yet to concede a goal in the USL. In addition, the four clean sheet efforts rank tied with only Orange County SC for best in the league and the defensive play as a whole has been so stout that keepers Dan Lynd and Kyle Morton have only had to make four combined saves so far this year.
For Cincinnati, its offensive attack has yet to get firing, totaling only three goals – the lowest of any club in playoff standing in the East. The Hounds should expect their toughest test to date though this season, as Cincinnati has only lost five times at home in league play since entering the league in 2016.
Fans hoping to catch the action can watch live locally on Pittsburgh’s CW or stream the match on ESPN+, as well as follow along with up-to-the-minute stats on USL Match Center. In addition, the Hounds will be hosting a Watch Party at Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon in South Side for fans of age with drink and food specials including a free round of Hounds Ale after every Hounds goal and 45-cent wings. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m.
More info on the match can be found below.
FC Cincinnati overall: 2-1-1
FC Cincinnati home record: 0-1-0
Pittsburgh overall: 2-0-2
Pittsburgh road record: 0-0-1
Kay Banjo – Out (Personal)
Ben Fitzpatrick – Out (Lower-body)
Joe Greenspan – Out (Calf)
Joe Holland – Questionable (Ankle)
Romeo Parkes – Questionable (Knee)
September 2, 2017, at Nippert Stadium
Pittsburgh 1, FC Cincinnati 1
PGH – Corey Hertzog 3’ (Chevaughn Walsh)
CIN – Andrew Wiedeman 40’
April 1, 2017, at Highmark Stadium
FC Cincinnati 1, Pittsburgh 0
CIN – Djiby Fall 55’ (Andrew Wiedeman)
Goals: Neco Brett (3)
Assists: Neco Brett, Kevin Kerr, Thomas Vancaeyezeele and Ben Zemanski (1)
Points: Neco Brett (7)
Saves: Dan Lynd (3)
Save %: Dan Lynd (1.000)
GAA: Dan Lynd (0.00)
Goals: Nazmi Albadawl, Blake Smith and Emery Welshman (1)
Assists: Emmanuel Ledesma and Emery Welshman (1)
Points: Emery Welshman (3)
Saves: Evan Newton (13)
Save %: Evan Newton (.867)
GAA: Evan Newton (0.50)
Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 0
PGH – Tobi Adewole 85’ (Kevin Kerr)
Dan Lynd – Todd Pratzner, Tobi Adewole, Andrew Lubahn (Kay Banjo 72’), Ray Lee – Mouhamed Dabo, Ben Zemanski (Joe Holland 78’) – Christiano François (Kevin Kerr 72’), Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Kenardo Forbes – Neco Brett
FC Cincinnati 1, Bethlehem Steel FC 1
BST – Cory Burke 15’ (Anthony Fontana)
CIN – Nazmi Albadawi 71’ (Emery Welshman)
Evan Newton – Justin Hoyte, Forrest Lasso, Dekel Keinan, Matt Bahner (Lance Laing 63’) – Richie Ryan, Corben Bone – Daniel Haber (Jimmy McLaughlin 80’), Nazmi Albadawi, Emmanuel Ledesma – Emery Welshman (Danni Konig 76’)