Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC took victory in both of its meetings with Pennsylvania rival Bethlehem Steel FC. | Photo courtesy Delaney Hoolahan / Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
PITTSBURGH – Highmark Stadium will host a USL Cup Playoffs contest for the first time in its six-season history when No. 3-seed Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC welcomes its Pennsylvania rival and No. 6-seed Bethelhem Steel FC on Saturday night in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. #PGHvBST kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and can be watched live on ESPN+ in the United States and YouTube internationally, and followed live via the USL Match Center.
@RiverhoundsSC completed its best regular season in the USL’s modern era to earn the right to host its first postseason game at the club’s soccer-specific venue, which was opened prior to the 2013 USL season. Saturday’s game will mark the 100th at Highmark Stadium since that opening and will see the league’s best defense look to help claim the club’s first postseason victory this decade.
@BSteelFC returned to the USL Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive season after closing the regular season on a four-game undefeated streak that saw it defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 on Sunday afternoon behind Michee Ngalina’s first-half strike. Steel FC entered this season with a 2-2-2 record against Pittsburgh but suffered defeats in its two meetings with the Hounds this season that included a 4-1 loss on September 7 at Highmark Stadium.
87 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC conceded 87 shots on target in the regular season, the fewest in the league and an average of 2.56 per game.
15.95 – Bethlehem Steel FC finished 11th in the league on chance conversion rate at 15.95 percent, more than two percentage points higher than Pittsburgh’s (13.7)
FiveThirtyEight.com Match Predictor: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 64%, Bethlehem Steel FC 36%
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – GK: Dan Lynd; D: Hugh Roberts, Joe Greenspan, Tobi Adewole; M: Jordan Dover, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Ben Zemanski, Ray Lee; AM: Kenardo Forbes; F: Neco Brett, Christiano Francois
Bethlehem Steel FC – GK: Jake McGuire; D: Matt Real, Ben Ofeimu, Matthew Mahoney, Olivier Mbaizo; DM: James Chambers, Anthony Fontana; AM: Santi Moar, Brenden Aaronson, Michee Ngalina; F: Faris
Pittsburgh – None
Bethlehem – None
REF: Michael Radchuk
AR1: Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein
AR2: Ryan Graves
4TH: Eric Tattersall