USL Championship all-time assists leader Kenardo Forbes and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will head to face Loudoun United FC on Sunday evening at Segra Field. | Photo courtesy Jacob Rhodes / Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will aim to continue its recent undefeated streak and build on its midweek success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as it visits Loudoun United FC to close out Week 12 in the USL Championship’s regular season on Sunday evening.
Here's a look ahead at the action.
Venue: Segra Field
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
538.com Predictor: LDN 30%, PIT 42%, Draw 29%
The Lowdown: Loudoun United FC will try to break a five-game losing streak in the Championship as it plays host to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, with the visitors entering off a historic victory in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night that continued a recent undefeated run. Loudoun (3-7-1, 10pts) fell 2-0 to Hartford Athletic last Saturday night to drop below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference as it continued to struggle in the final third. United has recorded only three goals across its five-game losing run and will be tested by a Hounds squad that has won the past four meetings between the clubs in league play. Pittsburgh (4-2-5, 17pts) claimed a 4-1 victory last Saturday night in its last league outing, meanwhile, as Edward Kizza scored a pair of goals, and the side is now undefeated in its last six games in all competitions after defeating Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer on Wednesday night to advance to the Quarterfinals of the Open Cup for the second time in club history. The Hounds’ run has seen the side defeat MLS opposition twice in the same Open Cup for the first time in its history while also moving the side into the top four in the Eastern Conference standings.
Loudoun United FC – Zach Ryan: The forward leads Loudoun with five goals this season but hasn’t found the net in the club’s five-game losing run and needs to get back on track for his side to earn a turnaround.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Robbie Mertz: The attacking midfielder ranks second on the Hounds with 12 chances created this season and provided the assist on Albert Dikwa’s goal against Columbus in the Open Cup on Wednesday night.