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RECAP: New Era Hounds

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No, not the brand. This isn’t baseball.

The Hounds came out with confidence last night. After a bit of a slow start due to the weather, Kevin Johnston sent a beautiful pass over to Tuffy Shallenberger who sent a rocket into the net.

Metaphors!

In all seriousness last night was a good one and hopefully a night that in a couple years we can point back to as the turning point for the organization. Going into this offseason we didn’t really expect that much, but the slow buildup of changes and announcements over the last few months has really made the excitement for this season palpable. There was something in the air both at the stadium and among those watching the stream. This year could really turn out to be something special.

As for the announcements, let’s recap the big ones.

Allegheny Health Network returns at…



Game 31 Recap: The Hits Keep Coming

Last week the Hounds went to New York and got knocked around by the Baby Bulls which ultimately ended our playoff chances. This week the Hounds came home and got knocked around by the Rhinos which ended up denying us the inaugural Old Guard Shield. Not a great couple weeks for the team. Not a great couple weeks for moral. At least I’m getting some mileage out of this stock photo.

Rochester is Rochester and for whatever reason they’ve had our number for years. There’s nothing really more for me to say. Disappointed silence is probably harsher than whatever I could come up with to write. Congratulations are in store for Charleston and to The Regiment for taking home the Old Guard Shield. It’s a fitting end to the first contest that the co-oldest club took home the hardware.

It’s not time to put…



Game 30 Recap: The Fat Lady Sings

Well that’s that. The Hounds went to New York and got rocked for a 2-0 loss. Coupled with an Orlando City B victory on Sunday and we’re now mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It’s a tough pill to swallow after this roller coaster of a season. August went so well only to have everything come crashing down with an abysmal September. Definitely a lot of questions about how the hell everything went so belly up. But, that’s for another time. Playoffs may be done but the season isn’t. There’s still pride to play for. The Hounds are returning to Pittsburgh to close things out with a pair of home games. If you haven’t been paying attention this weekend is actually, and still, a big match. We have the opportunity to win the inaugural edition of the Old Guard Shield with a win…



Game 29 Recap: Dagger

It only took 8 minutes for things to come crashing down on Sunday afternoon. Maybe the early start time or the different day of the week caused the Hounds to come out flat. Whatever the reason, a pair of early defensive mistakes had the Hounds playing catch up for 80 minutes. Despite Hertzog’s continuing his recent good run of form, his valiant efforts proved all for naught with the Hounds ultimately falling 3-2.

For a while there the Hounds were getting hot at the right time of the season. Unfortunately they’ve really stumbled through September, going 0-2-2 thus far. The teams around them in the standings, including Bethlehem, have been fairing a little better. The Eastern Conference standings are finally starting to stretch out, and with that loss the Hounds now sit in 11th and are 3 points out of 8th (occupied…