Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (8-1-7) will carry a two-game winning streak into its match against Ottawa Fury FC (6-7-3) at 1 p.m. on Sunday at TD Place. This will be their second meeting this season, as the Hounds won the first match, 1-0. Pittsburgh holds a 2-0-1 all-time record against Ottawa.
Thus far this season, the Hounds hold an undefeated road record (3-0-4). In club history, it has posted just two seasons in which it had a winning away record, the last time occurring in 2004 with a mark of 8-2-0. The squad will try to earn more points on the road this weekend.
Heart of the Defense
This year, the Hounds have largely used a center back rotation including Joe Greenspan, Todd Pratzner, Tobi Adewole and Hugh Roberts. All four of these players have recorded at least 50 clearances this season, and Roberts and Adewole pace the club with 55 clearances. While the Hounds continue to shut down opposing offenses, look for these four to continue to be at the center of the backline.
From the Outside
Last time out, Christiano François and Kevin Kerr both notched their second tallies of the season. The two attacking wingers also tied for the team lead with three shots against North Carolina FC. As they both sit inside the top four on the team in shots recorded this season, the Hounds will continue to rely on them moving forward for added goal scoring help.
Starting the Hounds’ last match against North Carolina FC, Kenardo Forbes recorded his 100th career appearance at the USL level.
Riverhounds SC has now gone four straight matches without winning the possession battle. Despite not holding the ball more often than its opponents over this stretch, Pittsburgh is 3-0-1 during this period. The Hounds could end this streak come Sunday, as Ottawa has only possessed the ball on average 41 percent of the time this year. The Black and Gold will aim to take back the possession battle this weekend, especially in the road environment.