Category: Steel Army

Know Your Enemy: Rochester 6-3-7 (7th in East, 25 pts)

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The Hounds travel to upstate New York on Saturday to face off with the Rhinos for the first time on 2017, a little late in the year to be facing their longtime USL rivals.

The Rhinos are 1-2-2 in their last five games and are 7th in the Eastern Conference with 25 points, 4 ahead of the Hounds with playing two less games.

Rochester’s season has been highlighted by victories over Tampa Bay and Cincinnati with a 4-0 thrashing of Charlotte thrown in there. The campaign has been up and down, similar to the Hounds.  The only win for the Rhinos in that time was a 1-0 victory over Harrisburg at home.

Jochen Graf is the teams co-leading scorer with 4 goals, Graf returned to the US in 2017 after spending time playing in the lower divisions in Germany and Sweden.

Also with four goals is Way Fall, which…



Harrisburg Away Trip Reminder

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I don’t really want to talk about Saturday’s (sort of depressing when you really think about it) draw, so instead let’s talk about something much more fun. The Harrisburg Away trip! We’re officially under a month to go and still plenty of seats available. Despite the Hounds record or their form of place, we always have a ton of fun on the Harrisburg trip. Just ask anyone who’s been on the bus in the past. This year not only are the usual league standings at stake, but there’s not one but two cups to play for. They Keystone Cup is still up for grabs with this winner take’s all match. It’s also the inaugural season of the Old Guard Shield, which we just so happen to be leading. There’s a lot of pride on the line which means we need to bring…



Know Your Enemy Reloaded: Charlotte Independence (6-3-4, 5th in East)

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The Hounds try to make it two wins in a row at home as they set to host the Charlotte Independence for the traditional 4th of July match at Highmark. It is the lone match on the USL schedule so all eyes in the league will be on Pittsburgh.

Charlotte will be coming in hot as well, winning three matches in a row vaulting them to 5th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-3-4. The three wins have come against Rochester, Richmond and Harrisburg, two of them at home.  The win at home to Rochester did come just last night on July 1st so hopefully there will be some tired legs in the heat and humidity on Tuesday night.

This will be the second meeting of the two teams this season, the first being a 1-1 draw in Charlotte early in April,…



Know Your Enemy: Tampa Bay

Photo by Brian Blanco/Tampa Bay Rowdies

The Hounds host third place Tampa Bay Thursday night at Highmark, the first time the two teams have faced each other in USL league play, with Tampa joining the USL from the NASL this year. The Rowdies are no stranger to Highmark stadium though, visiting in 2015 for a US Open Cup tie that Rob Vincent would win for the Hounds in extra time.

Despite being third in the east, Tampa Bay is on a bit of a downswing in the form table, winless in their last five games, going 0-1-4. That run consists of four straight draws against Richmond, Rochester, Charlotte and St. Louis.  You could argue that Tampa beefed up on points early in the season against some possibly inferior competition and are falling back to the pack.  The Rowdies are also aided by playing the…