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What2Watch4: Bethlehem - 8/8

By Anthony Picardi, 08/08/18, 11:00AM EDT


Coming off a six-point homestand, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (11-3-7) will carry a two-game winning streak into its showdown with Bethlehem Steel FC (8-9-6) at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Goodman Stadium. This will be their first meeting this season, and the match will be televised on Pittsburgh’s CW.

The Rundown

Golden Boot

Notching three goals in the Hounds’ last two games, Neco Brett finds himself one goal off the lead in the Golden Boot race. Currently tied for third place in USL goals, the striker also ranks tied for ninth with David Flavius (2000) and Michael Butler (1999) on the club’s all-time single-season tallies list. The Robert Morris University product will look to continue his hot streak against Bethlehem.

Breaking Good

Although the Hounds have a .500 record (2-2-2) against Bethlehem all-time, they have struggled at Goodman Stadium. Pittsburgh has an all-time record of 0-2-2 at this venue. This season, the Black and Gold have been strong on the road with a 4-1-4 record. The squad will aim to keep its road momentum rolling this year and post its first-ever victory at Goodman Stadium.

Air and Ground

Thomas Vancaeyezeele has battled his way to loose balls and possessions gained this season, leading the Hounds in both duels won (147) and aerial duels won (85). Last time out marked the first time this season the rookie did not log a full-90 minutes, so he should have fresh legs if he’s deployed against Bethlehem on Sunday.

By the Numbers: 11

Goalkeeper Dan Lynd leads the USL with 11 shutouts after Week 21 action. He has started the last 12 games for the Hounds.

Key to Victory: Best Their Short Rest

Having an additional game beforehand on Wednesday, Steel FC will be on short rest when it plays the Hounds on Sunday. Contrary to its in-state foes, Pittsburgh will have eight days to rest its legs heading into the showdown. This extra energy could be the difference for the Hounds this weekend.