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BREAKING DOWN THE HOUNDS: Rowdies Return as #USL Foes

BREAKING DOWN THE HOUNDS: Rowdies Return as #USL Foes

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The Hounds last played Tampa Bay in May 2015 in US Open Cup. (Photo Courtesy of @TKOPhotos and Pittsburgh Riverhounds)


Since May 20, the Riverhounds have gone five games without a win (0-2-3), they’ve only scored two goals, and continue to watch a revolving door of players manning the back line.
On Thursday night, the Hounds have a chance to put an end to this slide against 2nd place Tampa Bay Rowdies for their first-ever USL match-up.   Two years ago, the Rowdies came to Highmark Stadium for a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round match, as the Hounds sent them back to Florida with a dramatic 1-0 win on a Rob Vincent goal in the 90th minute.
RELATED:   HOUNDS ADVANCE IN OPEN CUP, BEAT ROWDIES ON GOAL IN 90TH MINUTE 
During this stretch, the Hounds have plummeted from 4th place to 11th place in the 15-team USL Eastern Conference standings.
Making matters worse, the Hounds suffered their worst defeat of the season, 3-0 at Louisville on Saturday.  It was a game that Head Coach Dave Brandt and his troops would like to put behind them.
But a win tonight can really do wonders for the Hounds.  A three-point boost heading into a 12-day break between games would catapult the Hounds back over the playoff-line and provide a second win against a top three team in the standings.
Another loss, and with 12 days between games, Pittsburgh could find itself sinking further and further down the ultra-competitive (and mostly mediocre) tight league standings.
My game notes and live file for Thursday’s game can be found at DK Pittsburgh Sports.
DK
 

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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