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FINAL: Riverhounds SC 3, Hartford Athletic 1

Riverhounds SC 3, Hartford Athletic 1 

Highmark ‘originals’ Kerr and Angulo steal the show in Hounds 3-1 win (inc. player grades)

Game Day Updates

Second Half notes

46′ – Hounds open 2nd half drawing a free kick. Forbes takes it, ball into box for Greenspan who redirects to Dos Santos who’s shot is saved by Kempin.


Wow. Jose Angulo strikes at Highmark again! Catches Hounds keeper Lundgaard off his line and bends it in from distance!

63′ – Velarde gets a nice feed on left side of box — tries to bounce it past Kempin, but shot is saved!


Bends it in from the top of the box! Hounds take 2-1 lead. That’s 20th all-time goal for the Scotsman in Highmark Stadium.  Assist from Anthony Velarde

75′ – Subs — Velarde and Kerr are out, making way for Mouhammad Dabo and Noah Franke.

79′ – PENALTY!  Dos Santos draws foul on edge of box.

GOAL – Neco Brett – scores his second PK goal of season to give Hounds 3-1 lead!

84′ – Hometown boy Robbie Mertz is the Hounds final sub. In for Neco Brett.


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First Half notes

1′ – In the lineup for Hartford includes both former Hounds, Jose Angulo and Ray Lee.

4′ – Columbus Crew loanee Luis Argudo in his first start with HFD, making an early physical play on Jordan Dover, knocking Hounds outside back to the ground. No call

9′ – With Dabo out of the lineup, Thomas Vancaeyezeele is playing in the holding MF spot tonight and Kenardo Forbes dropping back there too. Kerr, Velarde and Brett are all in attacking MF spots. Dos Santos at the top.

10′ – Phillip Rasumssen played a nice through ball, between Adewole and Greenspan, but lunges on shot attempt that goes over bar.

14′ – GOAL – Steevan Dos Santos

Hounds patient in possessing it in the final third, swing it around to Kevin Kerr, who delivers a perfect ball in the middle of the box to Dos Santos who outjumped a pair of defenders to head the ball into the net.

That was Kerr’s 25th assist as a Hounds. Now tied for the top spot in club history with David Flavius in club history!

20′ – Brilliant ball through by Forbes, who drew a few defenders, for Dos Santos, but the low shot is right at Hartford keeper Jonathan Kempin.

28′ – After a few deflections, ball comes to feet of Dover, who’s shot attempt bounces just wide right of goal.

34′ – Alex Dixon blows by Adewole and Ryan James to end line on right side — sends a rolling cross into the six. Angulo’s there, but not ready quickly enough for it and Hounds dodge a bullet.

39′ – Dos Santos playing some 1-2s with James — and on getting ball back, sticks leg out and draws foul. Another FK coming. Kerr takes it, but its headed away.

43′ – James finds Brett — but after keeper Kempin comes out to take away shot angle, Neco slide ball through the six for nobody.

Starting IX

Riverhounds SC


Ben Lundgaard

Back line 

Joe Greenspan, Tobi Adewole , Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Ryan James, Jordan Dover


Kenardo Forbes 

Kevin Kerr 

Anthony Velarde

Neco Brett 


Steevan Dos Santos 

Hartford Athletic


Media Notes

  • ON THIS DAY: The Hounds opened Highmark Stadium on April 13, 2013, losing to Harrisburg City Islanders.
  • This will mark the second return to Highmark Stadium for former Riverhounds forward Jose Angulo, who won the USL Golden Boot and MVP honors in 2013. Angulo returned to Pittsburgh in April 2017, scoring a goal to lead Saint Louis FC past the Hounds, 2-1.
  • Kevin Kerr and Angulo were the only two players who played in Highmark’s first game.  Kerr is moving up the ladder in Hounds history books as he’s second all-time in appearances. He currently has 25 goals (tied for 8th in club history with Rob Vincent) and 24 assists, which is one away from the all-time club record.

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“Words can’t express how excited I am,” Adewole said. “It’s been very long, these last couple months we’ve been practicing in Coraopolis. So it’s good to get on our feet at home and get the ball running. I’m excited to see all the new fans how they open us up.”

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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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