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Gameday Report: September 24, Week 30

By USLChampionship.com, 09/24/19, 10:00PM EDT

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Riverhounds SC punch playoff ticket with narrow win over Memphis 901 FC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC booked another ticket to the USL Championship Playoffs with a narrow 1-0 win over Memphis 901 FC, thanks to defender Joe Greenspan's goal after 15 minutes. Pittsburgh's win saw it collect a sixth straight clean sheet while putting an end to 901 FC's impressive four-game winning streak, but the hosts' slim playoff hopes. This is Riverhounds SC's second straight trip to the playoffs under Bob Lilley after reaching the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2018. 

memphis 901 fc (0) v pittsburgh riverhounds sc (1)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC officially booked its trip to the postseason on Tuesday night after a 1-0 win over Memphis 901 FC at AutoZone Park allowed them to become the fourth team in the Eastern Conference to reach the playoffs. The visitors, who have collected six consecutive clean sheets with the result, ended up breaking the deadlock after 15 minutes when defender Joe Greenspan rose to meet a corner from Robbie Mertz before heading it past 901 FC goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell. Memphis had its best opportunity to equalize in the first half when captain Marc Burch stepped up to a free kick a few yards outside the box but could not beat Riverhounds SC goalkeeper Austin Pack with a left-footed effort toward the far post. When 901 FC created another opportunity just after the halftime break through Pierre Da Silva, though, the midfielder’s saved effort was the next best opportunity the hosts would have all evening as Pack and the Riverhounds’ defense kept them at bay for the duration of the 90 minutes. The win puts Pittsburgh level on points with Nashville SC, who currently sit in fourth place.

USL Championship Man of the Match

Joe Greenspan, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Not only did Greenspan net Pittsburgh’s lone goal of the evening, but he also bolstered the visitors’ backline with six clearances while winning four of five duels and completing over 88 percent of his passes.

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