Category: United Soccer League

GAME 29 RECAP: Wooooooooooooooo


Woke up this morning feeling fine
I’ve got the Riverhounds on my mind
Lilley’s got the boys playing the way they should
Oh yeah!

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t easy, but oh was it exciting. The Hounds put on a show Saturday night, taking down visiting Indy 3-2. Saturday’s victory keeps them in the hunt for second place (Louisville also won), but equally as important it’s one step closer to clinching a playoff spot.

Just like a couple weeks ago playing against Indy was a high scoring affair, but it took a half to get going. The first half didn’t leave a lot to get excited about. The Hounds controlled play pretty well and had more dangerous chances than Indy, but weren’t able to convert anything. The only thing really of note was seeing the distinct playing style of each side of the Hounds…

Magic Numbers


Saturday sure was a hell of a night. Admittedly I did a lot of nervous sipping of apple juice and maybe celebrated a draw a little too much (ain’t that a soccer-ism), so enough specifics to write a proper recap are three sheets to the wind. What’s left is a strong mental fist pump you get after passing a tough test. The Hounds did what was often done to them, salvaged a point in the dying moments of the match. Against a clearly playoff bound competitor to boot. Feels good man. It’s amazing the Hounds couldn’t get a couple more behind the Louisville keeper. Several goal line chances and more corners than you can count should’ve put another notch or two in the goals column. Since it all ended positive I chalk it up to it is what it is….



That’s how you do it! That’s how yous top a skid. A crushing, dominating, run-up the score performance against some cross state jagoffs. What beautiful goals to boot. Greenspan showing off his new found heading skills, a grinder of a goal from Brett, Forbes picking the pocket of Bethlehem’s keeper on a tight angle shot, and finally a Lee – Dover connection that was smooth as silk. Insert that Vince McMahon gif here. It was great to see the offense explode against a tough team battling for a playoff spot. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered after the recent struggles. The midfield and defense continued to be strong and if it wasn’t for that soft penalty call the Hounds would be adding another shutout to the stat column. All in all a great Friday night under the lights.

We have a big match…

GAME 26 QUICK RECAP: Cincinnati Bungle


I hate stutter step penalties. Hate them. Hate them with a burning passion. I have no stats but I can’t help but feel they increase the chance of a striker boning it up ten fold. That fraction of a second has just as much of a chance to make a striker over think it at the worse possible time as it does faking out the keeper. Take a penalty decisively and do it clinically. Get the job done.

In retrospect that penalty set the tone for the rest of the game. Sure we scored shortly after but then the Hounds go and bone it up. Four times in the second half of the season we’ve given up a goal in the 80+ minute that changed the outcome of the game for the worse. Four times in eleven games. Nearly every other game. It’s…