Category: United Soccer League

Know Your Enemy: Richmond Kickers (1-3-0, 14th East)

Richmond Kickers v Aromas Cafe FC 2nd Round US Open Cup

The Hounds are on the road for the third Saturday in a row as they travel south again to Richmond to face the Kickers.

The Kickers are struggling at 1-3-0, following three consecutive 1 nil losses to NYRB, Louisville and Ottawa following Richmond’s opening night win over Harrisburg.

They currently sit in 14th place in the East and only Charlotte sit below them in the standings with fewer points. The loss last Saturday to Ottawa was especially brutal for Kickers supporters as they controlled the majority of the match but could not find the back of the net.  A frustrating home performance is something we all can relate to.

Making it worse was the goal they conceded for the winner, a half field effort from Steeven Dos Santos, catching the Kickers keepers sleeping a little…



Game 5 Recap: Get Those Road Points

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Road points are never bad points. That’s probably the main take away from this match. After an exciting opening ten minutes the following 80 were a little ho-hum. Charlotte dominated the possession stat (70/30) thanks to some particularly defensive play by the Hounds, especially in the second half. Part of that is playing the counter attack. You’re going to sit back more and wait for the other team to come to you. Part of it was undoubtedly tired legs. We’ve seen the Hounds struggle to keep up energy late into the game. Playing their third match in eight days put lead weights in their boots from the get go. Fortunately even with all their possession Charlotte wasn’t able to do anything with it thanks to a strong performance by the Hounds D. It’s a little too early to tell if that was…



Know Your Enemy: Charlotte

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Charlotte Independence (0-1-1, 14th in East)

The Hounds travel to Charlotte this weekend to try and put behind the frustrating midweek loss to St. Louis and build on the nice result they had last weekend on the road in Charleston. This could be a good time to play Charlotte, who are winless through two games and appear to be hurting with some injuries in key spots.

Charlotte is 0-1-1 with a loss at home to Charleston and a road draw at Orlando City B and not being too impressive in the process, another road win could be on the horizon for Pittsburgh. Charlotte though is coming off a week’s rest, not playing last week and only having played two games on the season.  This could factor in with the combination of the Hounds traveling south back to back weeks and playing at home on…



Game 4 Recap: Head Meet Desk

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Over the course of a 30+ game season you’re going to have a few stinkers that are just frustrating to watch. Wednesday night was one of those. A 90 minute slog resulting in a notch in the L column. Outside of the early gimmie goal from our perspective the Hounds never seemed to click. In the first half we saw a little bit of the squad we’ve come to know over the first three games, but come the second half the 2016 Hounds decided to made an appearance. Maybe it was the change in the lineup (hello early season injury bug), or just something in the air. Who knows? As the game progressed we started to see a lot of long balls, crosses into the box going 10 yards too long, and way too many hopeful shots from outside the 18. When…