“This is going to be a different Harrisburg team (than the first game). We’ll have to be ready, and sharp. (Harrisburg coach Bill) Becher’s teams are usually physical and fast. Hopefully they’ll be as tired as we are — but it should be a good game.”
Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson sat out Wednesday’s win over his former Rowdies colleagues with continuing back pains. Thompson is set to join the Jamaican national team in Chile next week ahead of his country’s participation in the Copa America continental tournament.
Defender Fejiro Okiomah and Brazilian forward Vini Dantas are rated as probable for tomorrow’s game as they recover from hamstring and groin injuries respectively. Midfielder Seth C’deBaca is also set to return from a recent knee injury.
What to Expect:
Throw the records out. Forget about winning or losing streaks. This is a regional rivalry game. And if you think they know each other pretty well now, by the end of the season, they will really know each other as this is just the second of four games that these two will play in 2015.
Harrisburg — I am sure this time around — will be prepared to keep tabs on the British duo of Vincent and Kerr, who have combined for 10 goals and nine assists in USL competition.
The first game there were constant defensive breakdowns by the Harrisburg back line. These issues were exploited by the Riverhounds — especially in the second half. Expect the much improved City Islanders to be prepared for Pittsburgh’s attack now. This is a unit that has pitched a few shutouts during their run of solid play. Even in losing the other night vs Rochester in Open Cup, they kept the Rhinos off the shoresheet until things faltered in extra time.
Steffens indicated that both teams will likely come into this one a bit heavy legged having played Wednesday, but has a lot of confidence despite the rigors of a quick turnaround.
“With a handful of guys only playing minutes, it’s going to be tough. We have a great training team. Very good athletic trainers here, and a strength and conditioning coach. We’re doing everything in the books for recovery.”
Steffens also indicated that with the teams being so close in the standings, and with the Keystone Derby/Turpike Cup at stake, there won’t be a let down.
But coming off three consecutive wins in all competitions, that’s always the biggest concern for Steffens and the Riverhounds.
ALSO AT HIGHMARK STADIUM TODAY:
College Soccer Showcase / F.A. Cup Final Viewing Also at Highmark Stadium Saturday
The Keystone Derby Cup game headlines an exciting day at Highmark Stadium that begins with the Riverhounds’ annual College Showcase event at 8 a.m. Boys’ and girls’ teams from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland and Virginia will compete under the gaze of NCAA Division I coaches from across the region.
England’s F.A. Cup Final between Arsenal and Aston Villa will be screened live in the stadium’s sports bar at 12:30 p.m. Fans will have the chance to win an autographed Riverhounds jersey, game tickets and other prizes while enjoying fish and chips and $4 beer specials on Carlsberg, Yuengling and Bud Light.
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