PITTSBURGH (September 13, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (13-4-10) continues its three-game homestand on Saturday night, welcoming Louisville City FC (13-5-8) to Highmark Stadium for a 7 p.m. kick.
The second and final meeting between the two squads during the regular season, the Hounds previously prevailed at Slugger Field in June with a 1-0 victory. Pittsburgh is 2-5-2 all-time against its purple counterparts, including having never defeated Lou City at home in five tries (0-4-1).
Also vying for a season sweep in head-to-head competition for the first time in club history, the Hounds will hope their recent hot play of late at home – five games unbeaten (3-0-2) – will translate to a positive result at Highmark Stadium. The proposition will be a difficult one though, as in addition to the aforementioned winless streak at home to the visitors, Lou City is unbeaten in its past four on the road, totaling 18 goals scored (4-0-0).
Saturday’s match brings with it considerable stakes in the Eastern Conference, as only two points separate the second-place Hounds (49 points) from fourth-place Louisville (47 points). For Pittsburgh, a finish in the top-four alone would be massive. Despite having made the playoffs three times since the modern era of USL play began in 2011, the Hounds have never hosted a playoff match at Highmark Stadium.
Reaching said heights will be challenging, as Louisville is the fourth straight match of five played against opponents currently in playoff positioning for the Black and Gold.
Off the pitch, the Hounds will be teaming up with Allegheny Health Network for another Health Series night, this time focusing on Ovarian Cancer Awareness. The Health Series is designed to educate fans and generate awareness about a range of health topics including heart disease prevention, pediatric orthopaedic and concussion awareness, prostate and cancer awareness, and ways to live a healthy life and avoid injury.
Louisville City FC overall record: 13-6-8
Louisville City FC road record: 7-3-3
Pittsburgh overall record: 13-4-10
Pittsburgh home record: 8-2-5
Dennis Chin – Out (Groin)
Kevin Kerr – Out (Calf)
Kyle Morton – Out (Lower-body)
June 27, 2018, at Louisville Slugger Field
Pittsburgh 1, Louisville City FC 0
PGH – Kenardo Forbes 79’
Sept. 9, 2017, at Highmark Stadium
Louisville City FC 3, Pittsburgh 0
LOU – Luke Spencer 33’ (Mark-Anthony Kaye)
LOU – Kyle Smith 43’
LOU – Devon Williams 54’ (penalty)
Goals: Neco Brett (14)
Assists: Kenardo Forbes (8)
Points: Neco Brett (33)
Saves: Dan Lynd (35)
Save %: Dan Lynd (.761)
GAA: Dan Lynd (0.58)
Louisville City FC
Goals: Cameron Lancaster (18)
Assists: Ilija Ilic (8)
Points: Cameron Lancaster (38)
Saves: Gregory Ranjitsingh (58)
Save %: Gregory Ranjitsingh (.637)
GAA: Gregory Ranjitsingh (1.22)
Pittsburgh 4, Bethlehem 1
PGH – Joe Greenspan 17’ (Ben Zemanski)
BST – James Chambers 35’ (penalty)
PGH – Kenardo Forbes 45’ (Neco Brett)
PGH – Neco Brett 76’
PGH – Jordan Dover 79’ (Ray Lee)
Mike Kirk – Ray Lee, Tobi Adewole, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Joe Greenspan, Jordan Dover – Ben Zemanski (Joe Holland 82’), Mouhamed Dabo – Kenardo Forbes, Romeo Parkes (Noah Franke 75’) – Neco Brett (Kay Banjo 82’)
Louisville City FC
FC Cincinnati 1, Louisville City FC 0
CIN – Corben Bone 23’ (Emmanuel Ledesma)
Gregory Ranjitsingh – Oscar Jimenez, Paco Craig, Alexis Souahy (Richard Ballard 81’), Kyle Smith – Paolo DelPiccolo, Devon Williams – Niall McCabe (Shaun Francis 65’), Ilija Ilic (Luke Spender 71’), George Davis IV – Cameron LancasterPEN – Aaron Dennis 32’ (Miguel Jaime)
PEN – Lucky Mkosana 40’ (Paulo Junior)
PEN – Paulo Junior 59’ (Aaron Dennis)
Jake McGuire – Prosper Chiluya, Brandon Aubrey, Matthew Mahoney, Olivier Mbaizo – James Chambers, Drew Skundrich – Marcus Epps (Michee Ngalina 80’), Brenden Aaronson (Chris Nanco 70’), Fabian Herbers – Faris Pemi Moumbagna (Santi Moar 60’)
The Hounds will be teaming up with Allegheny Health Network for another Health Series night, this time focusing on Ovarian Cancer Awareness. The Health Series is designed to educate fans and generate awareness about a range of health topics including heart disease prevention, pediatric orthopaedic and concussion awareness, prostate and cancer awareness, and ways to live a healthy life and avoid injury.
Additionally, the team’s $1 beer special will run from gates open at 5:30 p.m. until kickoff.