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GAME 5 RECAP: Death, Taxes, Cincinnati Draws

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For whatever reason we seem unable to win in Cincinnati, but by far this was the closest we’ve gotten.

It was a match where the Hounds looked their worst this season for a loooong stretch of the second half and yet they’re still coming home with a point. Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe we’re going to be contenders this year.

Cincinnati really feeds off their crowd. Sucking the life out of the place is just as important as getting shots on goal. Those silver spoon Ohio jagoffs don’t know how to deal with adversity. For a lot of the first half that’s just what the Hounds did. An early goal from Dover and smothering defense has the Hounds sitting pretty. Cincy started to get some pressure towards the end of the first but…



GAME 4 RECAP: Sacs à main

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One nil, the Lilley classic. In a surprisingly chippy match against Ottawa the Hounds come away with another three points. For most of the match it was a bit of a grind, which probably attributed to the heated challenges late in the second half. We may see more of that in the future as Lilley grinds his opponents down. As long as the Hounds keep their noses clean, frustrating the other side is a-ok in my book. Get them off their game, get them uncomfortable. We’ll gladly take some double yellows please and thank you. Much like the other games Ottawa never looked particularly dangerous They only got off 3 shots all night, and the only one on goal only looked more dangerous than it really was. It may have taken the Hounds a little longer than we would have liked to…



GAME 3 RECAP: Canadian Bacon

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While the weather felt like we were in Toronto, that’s about the only thing the Canadian side brought it Highmark Stadium. It was clear from the get go which side was the professional team and which side was he glorified academy squad. Glad to see the kids got permission from their parents to cross the border.

Boy does it feel good to run up a score. This is the 6th time in the last 93 regular season games we’ve eclipsed 4 goals in a match, so not something that happens very often. The last time we left a game with a +4 GD was, maybe unsurprisingly, against TFC 2 at home on 4/25/15. As was pointed out in a couple pre-game notes, the Hounds have never lost to TFC2, and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change anytime soon.

Speaking of never losing,…



GAME 2 RECAP: Nil Nil

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Well, we’re not losing…

Once again the Hounds attacked looked really dangerous for stretches of the match. When it was on they were swarming he defense. Guys making overlapping runs, passes into open space, and deft touches when things were tight. I think I’ve seen more back passes in the last two weeks than I’ve seen in the last two years. Lilley’s system is way wider than we’ve seen in recent years which is really opening things up. Unfortunately this edge of your seat soccer doesn’t seem to last. We get it for about 15 of a 90 minute match. It was disappointing to see in the second half the attack slip back to the old low success long ball up to the striker and hope for the best. But even if the “good” attack phase is going to be short, it can…