Riverhounds SC (14-4-10) tied Nashville SC (16-7-7), 0-0, on Saturday at First Tennessee Park.
The big story of course was that the Hounds played the final 50 minutes of the match down a man due to a red card issued to Tobi Adewole in the 40th minute, the Hounds held strong.
Goalkeeper Kyle Morton led the way to the shutout and road point, collecting four saves throughout the match.
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) September 22, 2019
“I think the response was great,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “We competed well in the second half. Nashville has a lot of experienced guys and they were patient and made us do a lot of running.
“I thought we played with a lot of heart and a lot of effort and made a lot of good plays. They asked a lot of us and we had the ability to compete well and come out with a draw, which is important to us.”
Absolutely gutted about the game BUT my DOGS grinded out for the hard fought point.
— Tobiloba Adewole (@TobiAdewole95) September 22, 2019
NASHVILLE SC REACTION
“The game was exactly as I thought it would be in the opening 40 minutes. They were very, very difficult to try and penetrate. As always, a sense of building pressure, controlling the game, trying to get ourselves in a particular groove,” Gary Smith, Nashville Head Coach said.
Smith would add on the Adewole booking.
“Once the center back (Adewole) got sent off, it completely changes the dynamic of the game. I mean, from where I was sitting, it looked 100% a sending-off. I can only give you my opinion on that,” Smith added.
“I honestly felt as though we had enough moments to win the game. There weren’t loads, but enough clear cut opportunities to have converted, which I’m sure would have been enough.”
For more from Smith’s post-game presser, here’s the video.
— For Club and Country (@ClubCountryUSA) September 22, 2019
Full time stats #NSHvPIT:
Possession: NSH 65% – 35% PIT
Passes: NSH 609 – 345 PIT
Shots: NSH 10 – 5 PIT
SOG: NSH 4 – 0 PIT
xG: NSH 1.330 – 0.430 PIT
Goals: NSH 0 – 0 PIT
— Ben Wright (@benwright) September 22, 2019
— Ray jacobs (@jacobs_rayj) September 22, 2019
For more on the match, look for Mark Goodman’s Tactical Analysis and Player Grades on Monday.