PITTSBURGH (May 29, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (4-0-6) hosts Nashville SC (3-2-4) for the first time ever at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Highmark Stadium. The clubs have already met once this season, drawing nil-nil in the expansion side’s inaugural home opener in March.
Wednesday’s match will be the penultimate in a stretch of six games in 18 days for the Hounds. The run will conclude with a date on Saturday in Richmond before Pittsburgh gets a two-week break from play.
While still unbeaten in league action and off to their best start in club history, the Hounds have registered draws in three straight matches, last winning on May 5. The club’s scoring well at home has dried up considerably as well, with three of its four times being shutout this season occurring at Highmark Stadium, including two straight coming against Indy (May 11) and Penn FC (May 26).
Neither club should expect to find much offense come tomorrow though, as Pittsburgh and Nashville have combined for 12 clean sheets to date. The Hounds’ mark of seven, through the combined efforts of goalkeepers Dan Lynd and Kyle Morton, is tied for the league lead, while Nashville’s Matt Pickens has netted all five for his club and is tied for the conference lead among keepers. Additionally, Pittsburgh has yet to concede a goal at home through six matches in league play.
On an individual note, the Hounds will see the return of two familiar faces on the opposition in midfielder Lebo Moloto and defender Taylor Washington. Moloto, who spent two seasons with Pittsburgh from 2015-16, tallied seven goals and eight assists across 51 appearances. Washington played last season with the Hounds, leading the backline with 29 appearances. Tomorrow night’s match will mark the first time either has played at Highmark Stadium since last wearing Black and Gold.
Off the pitch, the club will be honoring all members of the armed forces for Military Appreciation Night. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Riverhounds.com.
More info on Wednesday’s game can be found below.
Nashville SC overall record: 3-2-4
Nashville SC road record: 1-2-3
Pittsburgh overall record: 4-0-6
Pittsburgh home record: 3-0-3
Kay Banjo – Doubtful (Hamstring)
Mouhamed Dabo – Out (Lower-body)
Ben Fitzpatrick – Out (Lower-body)
Joe Greenspan – Out (Calf)
Kyle Morton – Out (Lower-body)
March 24, 2018, at Nissan Stadium
Pittsburgh 0, Nashville 0
Goals: Neco Brett (5)
Assists: Neco Brett, Kenardo Forbes and Kevin Kerr (2)
Points: Neco Brett (12)
Saves: Dan Lynd (13)
Save %: Kyle Morton (1.000)
GAA: Kyle Morton (0.00)
Goals: Ropapa Mensah (3)
Assists: Lebo Moloto (2)
Points: Ropapa Mensah (7)
Saves: Matt Pickens (21)
Save %: Matt Pickens (.778)
GAA: Matt Pickens (0.67)
Pittsburgh 0, Penn FC 0
Dan Lynd – Andrew Lubahn, Todd Pratzner, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Hugh Roberts, Connor Maloney (Joe Holland 86’) – Ben Zemanski (Neco Brett 71’) – Bakie Goodman (Kenardo Forbes 62’) Kevin Kerr, Christiano François – Romeo Parkes
Charleston 1, Nashville SC 1
NSH – Liam Doyle 25’ (Lebo Moloto)
CHS - Ataulla Guerra 50’ (Jay Bolt)
Matt Pickens – Taylor Washington (Ismaila Jome 81’), Justin Davis, Liam Doyle, Bradley Bourgeois, Kosuke Kimura – Michael Reed, Boluwatife Akinyode, Matt LaGrassa (Ryan James 86’) – Ropapa Mensah (Brandon Allen 66’), Lebo Moloto
The team’s $1 beer special will run from gates open at 5:30 p.m. until kickoff.