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USL Match Preview – #PGHvOTT

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 10/13/17, 9:01AM EDT

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Riverhounds and Fury FC look to end seasons on a high

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.

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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. 

Series Notes

  • The Riverhounds won the only previous meeting between the two sides with a 1-0 win on May 13 at TD Place when Corey Hertzog scored the only goal of the game.

Squads

  • 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

Discipline

  • Pittsburgh – Accumulation warning: Victor Souto, Tobi Adewole, Danny Earls

  • Ottawa – Suspended: Andrae Campbell, Kyle Venter; Accumulation warning: Sergio Manesio, Shane McEleney, Steevan Dos Santos

Officials

  • REF: MATTHEW RODMAN

  • AR1: Darth Newman

  • AR2: Paul Deverse

  • 4TH: William Cassidy

Game hashtag:

  • #PGHvOTT

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