On Wednesday night, Birmingham Legion FC kept its season alive, stunning host North Carolina FC on a stoppage time goal to advance in the USL Eastern Conference play-in game.
It was a 93rd-minute goal from J.J. Williams that helped No. 10 seed Birmingham Legion FC to a last-gasp 3-2 victory over No. 7 seed North Carolina FC in the Eastern Conference Play-In Round on Wednesday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
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The Legion will come to Pittsburgh on short rest and as road warriors, a dangerous expansion side playing with house money, already having earned a post-season victory in its inaugural season.
The Hounds, who earned the top seed after beating Birmingham on Sunday evening, 1-0, on a stoppage time goal by Mark Forrest, are expecting a big crowd on Saturday night, as they seek their first playoff win of the modern USL era (since 2010).
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Saturday’s Eastern Conference Playoff quarterfinal match-ups are now set as both road teams won the play-in games:
7 p.m. Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs Birmingham Legion FC
7 p.m. Louisville City FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
7:30 p.m. New York Red Bulls II vs Indy Eleven
8 p.m. Nashville SC vs Charleston Battery
Of course, we’ll be bringing comprehensive coverage of the Hounds playoff run — including reports from practices, features, like Matt Gajtka’s One-on-One with Robbie Mertz, columns, previews, predictions and on-site game coverage.
Last night, Gajtka and PSN contributor Matt Grubba broke down the Hounds-Legion matchup and predicted the rest of the East quarterfinals on the latest edition of Pgh Postgame: