Fresh off a 2-1 victory against Toronto FC II, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (4-0-3) returns home to clash with Indy Eleven (4-2-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Highmark Stadium. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides, as Indy Eleven joins the USL Eastern Conference after competing in the North American Soccer League (NASL).
Friday’s match against Indy Eleven will be the 500th game in Riverhounds SC history, including regular season, postseason and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches. This season, the Hounds are allowing goals at their lowest clip in club history (0.43 goals allowed per game) and are also faring well on the offensive side of the ball, as their 1.43 goals forwarded per game is their best mark since 2015.
With a goal and an assist last time out, Kevin Kerr moved past former Pittsburgh striker Thiago Martins for No. 2 all-time in club history with 68 career points. The midfielder has been active offensively, leading the team with 14 chances created. Like he has since 2013, Kerr once again figures to lead the Hounds attack against Indy Eleven.
Playing largely as an outside defender, Jordan Dover has had a stellar season for the Hounds. The Ajax, Ontario, Canada native has registered four shots – all on goal – to lead defenders in the statistic. Meanwhile on the defensive end, he leads the Hounds with six blocked shots. Look for Dover to be all over the pitch on Friday.
After Week 8, Neco Brett leads the Eastern Conference with five goals. He will look to add to his club-leading 12 points this Friday.
Converting scoring opportunities is always essential, but it will be even more important when Indy Eleven and Riverhounds SC meet. Both teams are allowing less than one goal per game. In addition, the Hounds lead the Eastern Conference with five clean sheets, and Indy Eleven is tied for second place in the East with four shutouts. Pittsburgh will need to make the most of its opportunities throughout its upcoming match.