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BREAKING DOWN THE HOUNDS: Looking For Elusive First Win of Season



The Riverhounds look for their first win of the season at Highmark Stadium on Friday (Photo Courtesy Pittsburgh Riverhounds)

Pittsburgh Riverhounds (0-1-1, 1 points) vs Orlando City B (0-3-1, 1 points)
Friday, April 22 – 7 p.m.
Highmark Stadium
Live Broadcast / Feed – ESPN3
For the Hounds, after an exciting second game of the season at Toronto, where they rallied with a late goal in added time to draw TFCII, they return home seeking three points that could boost them out of the bottom part of the USL’s Eastern Conference Standings.
Both teams are without a win in six combined games.
The Riverhounds played Sunday’s game at Toronto without a number of key players including team captain Kevin Kerr, starting attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto and Sergio Campbell.  Look for all three to see playing time tonight.
Hounds Head Coach Mark Steffens will have options for his starting eleven.  Hounds had some impressive performances by a few players on Sunday, including Romeo Parkes and Conor Branson, who filled in for Campbell at center back — and his second half subs Karsten Smith, Caleb Posterwait and Isaiah Schafer.
Orlando City returns to USL as “B” team of its senior team which made the jump to MLS after winning two USL titles.   They are clearly a young squad with a mix of USL vets thrown in here and there.
This will be OCB’s first of five games in less than two weeks, as they face the Harrisburg City Islanders on the road on Monday, April 25, and then return home to host FC Montreal on Sunday, May 1, FC Cincinnati on Wednesday, May 4 and Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday, May 7.
The Lions had to play two men down and last week in Melbourne, limiting Harrisburg to a single goal in a 1-0 loss..
This week’s fixture marks the second road match for the Lions this season. The last time OCB played away, City opened scoring with an early clinical finish from striker Michael Cox assisted by Richie Laryea against Eastern Conference leader, Louisville FC.
Despite early momentum, OCB was unable to fend off Louisville City’s attack indefinitely resulting in OCB’s first road loss. 
In an effort to bring pro soccer and extend its fan support throughout Central Floriday, OCB play their home games about an hour away — on Florida’s Space Coast — in Melbourne, Florida.   The Hounds will have their return match with Lions on Labor Day weekend.
There will be a wide array of festivities and promotions to fans for their Earth Day tilt.
Along with being the first USL game everon ESPN3, the Hounds will host a Happy Hour for fans from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and offer discounted tickets two ways.
Three-dollar discounts will be handed out to fans that ride their bikes to the match, while a 25 percent discount will be applied with the donation of a vegetable or fruit seed packet benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The Pub will be holding Happy Hour; all fans are welcome to attend, as select appetizers and drinks will be offered at half price from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Also of mention, the club asks fans hoping to attend the game to take note of planned construction in Station Square from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Station Square Drive, from the Grand Concourse to the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square will be closed due to the construction projects underway in the area.
For a complete look at the Riverhounds — you can read my Riverhounds 3-part Season Preview here on Pittsburgh Soccer Report.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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