PITTSBURGH – With their chances of making the USL Cup Playoffs dashed, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Ottawa Fury FC battle for pride, and for a better position to close out their seasons on a positive note. The match at Highmark Stadium kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds news and notes
Current record: 8-12-11, 35pts
The Riverhounds suffered a 2-0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos last Saturday night at Highmark Stadium as they were unable to overcome an early deficit against their regional rivals.
The Rhinos took the lead just 22 seconds into the contest through Jochen Graf, and after going down 2-0 after 14 the Riverhounds were unable to fight back into the match as the Rhinos held well defensively.
The match continued a poor run for the Riverhounds, as it stretched a winless run to six matches.
The Riverhounds are tied for fourth-fewest home wins in the USL this season, with the side having gone only 4-7-4 at Highmark Stadium.
Ottawa Fury FC news and notes
Current record: 8-10-13, 37pts
Ottawa produced arguably its best performance of the season last Sunday afternoon in a 4-0 win over FC Cincinnati last Sunday that earned Julian de Guzman his first win as a Head Coach.
Two goals by Carl Haworth and a goal each to Onua Obasi and Steevan Dos Santos drove Ottawa to the win as the side took a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes and then held on late after a red card to Kyle Venter in the 69th minute.
Haworth’s brace, his first two goals of the season, helped earn him a place on the USL Team of the Week.
The win was the first for Ottawa in 10 matches, but came after the side had already been officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Pittsburgh – GK: Matthew Perrella, Brenden Alfery; D: Shane Campbell, Jack Thompson, Taylor Washington, Ryan Adleye, Nick Thompson, Jamal Jack, Tobi Adewole, Ritchie Duffie, Gale Agbossoumonde, Lalas Abubakar, Joe Greenspan, Shannon Gomez; M: Victor Souto, Maduabuchi Obinwa, Stephen Okai, Michael Green, Kevin Kerr, Danny Earls, Kenroy Howell, Ben Fitzpatrick; F: Chevaughn Walsh, Corey Hertzog, Kay Banjo, Romeo Parkes
Ottawa – GK: Callum Irving, David Paulmin, Andrew McRae; D: Eddie Edward, Ramon Martin del Campo, Shane McEleney, Onua Obasi, Thomas Meilleur-Giguere; M: Jonathan Barden, Ryan Williams, Gerardo Bruna, Jamar Dixon, Jimmy Sanon, Lance Rozeboom, Sergio Manesio; F: Carl Haworth, Steevan Dos Santos, Sito Seoane, Nick DePuy, Azake Luboyera, Tucker Hume, Adonijah Reid
Pittsburgh – Accumulation warning: Victor Souto, Tobi Adewole, Danny Earls
Ottawa – Suspended: Andrae Campbell, Kyle Venter; Accumulation warning: Sergio Manesio, Shane McEleney, Steevan Dos Santos
REF: MATTHEW RODMAN
AR1: Darth Newman
AR2: Paul Deverse
4TH: William Cassidy
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