New Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Steevan Dos Santos (left) will go up against Kenardo Forbes and his former teammates at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rowdies play host to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium looking to build on a season-opening victory as the Hounds kick off their fourth season under the leadership of Head Coach Bob Lilley. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
The @TampaBayRowdies (1-0-0, 3pts) took a little time to get going in their season opener, but two goals and one assist by Sebastian Guenzatti in the second half eventually smoothed the way for a 3-0 win against the Charlotte Independence last Saturday night. The victory was the fifth consecutive home opener the Rowdies have claimed since joining the USL Championship in 2017, while it moved Guenzatti to 28 regular season goals since the start of the 2019 campaign for the club. Tampa Bay has never suffered defeat at home to the Hounds – one of its home-opener victories came against Pittsburgh in 2019 – and the hosts will be looking to maintain that record with former Hound Steevan Dos Santos having performed well in his Tampa Bay debut last week.
@RiverhoundsSC (0-0-0, 0pts) will bring a mix of familiar and new faces to Tampa Bay as it begins the new season, with stalwarts such as 2020 Championship All-League selection Kenardo Forbes and Jordan Dover being joined by a new collection of players after offseason departures from Lilley’s squad. Among the newcomers are midfielder Todd Wharton and forward Russell Cicerone, who both played a notable role in helping Saint Louis FC earn a place in the postseason a year ago, while Anthony Velarde also returns after scoring five goals from midfield a season ago. After earning a notable road victory at Louisville City FC to kick off its 2020 campaign, the Hounds will be hoping for another strong debut this time around.
FiveThirtyEight.com Match Predictor: Tampa Bay Rowdies 49%, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 24%, Draw 27%
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