Tag: Hounds

Know Your Enemy: Charlotte

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Opponent: Charlotte Independence

Record: 7-6-4 (7th in East)

The Charlotte Independence are currently in a three game winless streak, losing the last two games at home to Wilmington and the Red Bulls II. Well traveling to Highmark Stadium should be the perfect remedy of the Independence to break their recent run of bad form.

The Independence are 7-6-4, sitting in the bottom playoff places of the Eastern Conference, visiting Pittsburgh before going to Richmond on Wednesday. Charlotte has won only two of their last nine games since staring 5-2, once sitting near the the top of the East.

In a season that has had some strange event s for the Hounds, the Independence bowed out of the US Open Cup in a very odd way, losing 5-0 in extra time to their NASL neighbors the Carolina Railhawks.

Charlotte dont seem to have any standout players and get…



Enemy Update: Richmond

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Opponent: Richmond Kickers

Record: 6-6-5 (8th in East, 24 pts)

The Hounds could not be going in to a more important stretch as they welcome Richmond to the Highmark Stadium at 7PM tonight. This rare Thursday evening match starts a quick three game home stand for Pittsburgh and would appear to be the last shot of salvaging this turd of a season.

We have played 15 league games and have fifteen left to play and things could not really look grimmer at the halfway point of the season. Though, if the boys can pull off a nice winning streak on this home stand, we could be in business and hanging around just outside the playoff positions.  It would give them 19 points and depending on other results would put them around 10th.  Not great, but not terrible considering how the season has gone.

This is much easier…



Know Your Enemy: Impact II

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Opponent: Montreal Impact II
Record: 1-10-1 (Bottom East)

Well for once the Riverhounds are playing a team below them in the standings and of course that can only be one team, the Montreal Impact II. The MLS reserve team is the worst in the league with only 4 points and one win.

To be fair to them though, after losing their first eight games, the Impact are 1-2-1 in their last four games, earning all their points of the season recently. Also, their lone win on the season was in Richmond, a tough place to play and where the Hounds just lost 3-1.

Our opponents seem to be trending upward, so nothing can be taken for granted come Saturday. If there is to be any sort of resurgence in the second half of the season is going to have to start with a win over…



Know Your Enemy: Richmond Kickers

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Richmond Kickers

Record 4-4-4 (7th in Eastern Conference)

Supporters: Red Army

 

The Hounds travel to Richmond this afternoon to take on the Kickers at RVA Stadium at 5PM, a place where the Hounds have actually had some success away from home. Pittsburgh won 2-1 in Richmond last May and also drew 1-1 early in the 2013 season.

 

You cannot get more average than Richmond at the moment, having a perfectly equal 4-4-4 record so far. That is good enough though, to have them sitting 7th in the East, occupying one of the last playoff positions.  Unfortunately for us, comfortably average is something that we would all take in a second, the position that we currently find ourselves.

 

Hopeful, is all we can be at the moment and hope that the return of Earls and possibly new signing Jack Thompson can bring a bit of spark to the…