Tag: Riverhounds

Know Your Enemy: Toronto (1-2-3, 13th in East)

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Hounds look to get two quick home wins in a row when they host Toronto FC II tomorrow night for the USL Game of the Week, this comes just days after beating Harrisburg 1-0.

Toronto is 1-2-3 after three straight scoreless draws against Rochester, Ottawa and Louisville City.  The lone win of the season for Toronto was in the opening week of the season against Phoenix 1-0.

Just like some of the Hounds recent opponents, Toronto is having a hard time finding the back of the net, only scoring two goals through six games.

One of the goal scorers was Malik Johnson, who has had some success scoring against Pittsburgh in the past.  Though TFC II has not been scoring, they have also not been conceding goals, with three clean sheets in a row, two on the road.

Speaking of, this is Toronto’s third road match…



Know Your Enemy: Harrisburg

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Know Your Enemy: Harrisburg

Record: 4-11-1 (11th in East)

We all know how important Monday’s game is in taking the first step to retain the Keystone Cup and begin to build some momentum as the games will start to come fast in July. Dan’s earlier piece on the pride and passion that goes in to these matches really says it all when it comes to Harrisburg.

So how are the City Islanders doing in comparison with the Hounds, well not good. They are sitting near the bottom of the East, in 11th place with 13 points from 4 wins. City’s high point was on May 24th when they beat Toronto at home to improve to 4-5-1, since then they have lost 6 straight and are certainly ripe for the picking. Unfortunately I have written that phrase too many times this season and many…



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…



Possession With No Punch: Hounds Fall to Battery

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The Hounds fell to the Charleston Battery 2-1 last night in a disappointing effort that saw the boys carry the majority of the play. Though a five minute stretch in the first half saw Charleston hit the Hounds net twice to give them a two goal lead at halftime.

A beautiful Rob Vincent strike early in the second half gave us hope of a possible comeback, but it was not to be. A flurry of second half chances could not be converted and in the end it was another disappointing Saturday night in Station Square.

Pittsburgh had the majority of the possession in the first half but saw only a couple clear scoring chances, the best probably coming from Corey Hertzog. Judging from comments after the game from Hertzog and coach Brandt, this seems to be the way the Hounds want to play, having…