Game 16 Recap: 4th of July Dud

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I’ve lost track of how many times I come out of a game thinking “well they played alright, it just wasn’t their night.” It’s getting tiring to say the least. Maybe the guys had too many hot dogs earlier in the day, or maybe Charlotte just has our number- we’re 0-5-2 against them over the last three seasons. Whatever it was, Tuesday night sure didn’t go according to plan.

While the roster may have been different, the Hounds played similar to how they did against Tampa nearly two weeks before. This time though the offense couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net to save their lives (save for Walsh’s pity goal in the 92nd minute). It wasn’t for lack of chances either. Hertzog and Parkes had several great shots. They just either couldn’t find the corner of the net…



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,…



Game 15 Recap: Head Over Heels

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Even a couple a days after the fact I’m still buzzing about the Hounds win on Thursday. They came out against one of the best teams in the Eastern conference and just asserted their will for most of the match. It was a trap game where for once we were the trap. I don’t know if the roster shakeup is what did it or if Brandt really laid into them this week after the abysmal Louisville loss, but whatever it was it worked. This is the Hounds team we like to see.

Maybe saying they asserted themselves / were dominate isn’t the best way to describe it. If you look at the stats Tampa out possessed the Hounds by a wide margin, 63% to 37%, but they weren’t able to do anything with it. Half of their shots were from outside…



Know Your Enemy: Tampa Bay

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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…