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Gameday Report: October 1, Week 31

By USLChampionship.com, 10/01/19, 9:38PM EDT

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Hounds move into sole possession of first in Eastern Conference with victory in Loudoun

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC's shutout streak come to an end but it moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference after rallying past Loudoun United FC in Tuesday night’s USL Championship action.

LOUDOUN UNITED FC (1), PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC (2)

LEESBURG, Va. – Goals by Neco Brett and Joe Greenspan extended Riverhounds SC’s undefeated streak to eight games with victory against Loudoun at Segra Field. The game opened slowly, and the first big chance didn’t arrive until Brett was played into the right side of the penalty area and was denied by Loudoun goalkeeper Calle Brown in the 23rd minute. Sammy Kahsai also forced a good save from Brown for the Hounds six minutes later, but six minutes into the second half United took the lead when Kyle Murphy got up and headed home a cross by Kevin Paredes from the right at the back post to break Pittsburgh’s shutout streak at 698 minutes, the second-longest in Championship history. Riverhounds SC hit back quickly in the 57th minute when Kenardo Forbes slid Anthony Velarde into the left side of the penalty area, and Velarde’s low cross was met by a first-time finish from Brett for his 12th goal of the season. Brett almost added a second on the hour-mark as he had a shot parried away by Brown from a tight angle on the right, but in the 62nd minute an in-swinging corner kick from the left by Forbes arrived at the feet of Greenspan for a close-range finish that put the visitors ahead. Velarde threatened with a curling finish from 20 yards that Brown just tipped over the crossbar as Pittsburgh looked for an insurance goal, but Loudoun was unable to find an answer in the closing stages as the Hounds moved three points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference as they allowed their hosts only four shots overall for the game.

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Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Forbes changed the tempo for the Hounds after coming on as a substitute, completing 29 of 31 passes while playing a role in both of Pittsburgh’s goals.

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