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Riverhounds SC Roundtable on Pittsburgh Sports Live

Riverhounds SC Roundtable on Pittsburgh Sports Live

With the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on a 10-day break between games following a stretch that included a 10-game run in 40 days, we thought this would be an opportune time to bring our contributors together for a Roundtable discussion on the club’s 2021 season to this point.

Jordan Smith and Mark Goodman joined me for the Roundtable which you can find on Pittsburgh Sports Live’s YouTube channel.

Below are some of the key topics we discussed.

  • Is this what you expected from the Riverhounds thus far this year?
  • Where do they need to improve?
  • What have been the biggest surprises of 2021?
  • What have been the biggest disappointments of 2021?
  • What is the ceiling for this team?  How far can they go?

In addition, we’ve also included some key statistics and items of note for the Hounds thus far this season below.

 

 

 


Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2021  |   6-4-3 overall record | 21 points

The Hounds are 2nd in Atlantic Division (three points behind Tampa Bay Rowdies, who have played two games less than Pgh).

Pos. P W L T GD Pts Form
1
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa Bay Rowdies 11 8 3 0 9 24
WLWWL
2
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 13 6 4 3 2 21
WWLWD
3
The Miami FC
The Miami FC 12 5 5 2 -1 17
LLWDW
4
Hartford Athletic
Hartford Athletic 8 5 2 1 10 16
WLWLW
5
Charlotte Independence
Charlotte Independence 11 5 6 0 0 15
LWLLL
6
Charleston Battery
Charleston Battery 9 3 3 3 -2 12
WLWLD
7
New York Red Bulls II
New York Red Bulls II 12 3 6 3 -10 12
LWLDW
8
Loudoun United FC
Loudoun United FC 10 2 8 0 -9 6
LLLWL

 


Key Team Stats/League Ranks:

PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 25: The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC take on the New York Red Bulls II at Highmark Stadium on June 25, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl)

Scoring/Attacking:
  • GOALS (11th) — 16 (PHX 1st w/ 25)
    • 1 PK goal
    • 1 direct kick goal
    • 15 goals inside the box
  • SHOTS (10th) — 139 (PHX 1st, LDN & NYRBII T-2nd)
    • 48 on target
    • Conversion Rate — 15% (1st HFD 27%)
Goalkeeping/Defending

Photo courtesy NY Red Bulls II

  • T-9th — 3 clean sheets
  • Goals Conceded — 14 
  • 6th — Fouls Conceded — 167  (148 fouls won)
  • Tackles:  61% | Duels 48% 
Discipline
24 Yellow Cards / 2 Red Cards
Possession / Distribution
  • TOTAL PASSES (4th) 5,390 (avg 414 per game)
  • PASSING ACCURACY (28th) 75% 
Most Significant Injury(ies)/Absences: 
Jordan Dover (lower body)
Jelani Peters / Mekeil Williams (International Duty)
Individual Leaders
  • Goals:
    • Jordan Cicerone (5) T-9th in USLC,
    • Anthony Velarde, Tommy Williamson, Danny Griffin (2)
  • Assists:
    • Alex Dixon (3)
    • Dikwa, Forbes, Cicerone (2)
  • Appearances:
    • 13 — Griffin, Dixon, Cicerone, Wiedt, KIlwien, Wharton
  • Minutes Played:
    • Griffin (1,170), Shane Wiedt (1,041)
  • Passes:
    • Griffin (595)
    • Forbes (527)
  • Passing Accuracy:
    • Forbes 82.7%
    • Wharton 84.5%
  • Goalkeeping:
    • Danny Vitiello — 10 starts, 2 clean sheets, 25 saves
    • Jake Leeker —  4 starts, 1 cs, 8 saves
  • Crosses
    • Forbes (57) T-5th in USLC
  • Clearances — Wiedt (50), Williams (37)
  • Blocks — Williams (9), Wiedt (8)
  • Interceptions — Wiedt (23), Griffin/Rovira (20)
  • Tackles — Danny Rovira (32), Forbes (31)

Riverhounds SC 2021 Player Stats 

Individual Stats (courtesy FBREF.com)            
Playing TimePerformance
PlayerNationPosAgeMPStartsMin90sGlsAstCrdYCrdR
Danny GriffinUSAMF2213131170132020
Shane WiedtUSADF251311104211.60020
Alex DixonUSAMF,FW31131195410.61320
Mekeil WilliamsTRIDF30121193710.40040
Russell CiceroneUSAMF,FW26131190910.15200
Kenardo ForbesJAMMF,FW33121094410.50211
Daniel VitielloUSAGK251010900100010
Preston KilwienUSADF2413108959.90010
Todd WhartonUSAMF,DF2713981391030
Albert DikwaCMRFW231187428.21210
Daniel RoviraCOLMF,DF241186927.70120
Jordan DoverGUYDF,MF26854855.40000
Anthony VelardeUSAMF,FW251254615.12100
Jalen RobinsonUSADF279544850000
Jelani PetersTRIDF27754394.90021
Tommy WilliamsonUSAFW,MF22943323.72110
Jake LeekerUSAGK263327030000
Louis PerezFRAMF,FW24832612.91010
Josh GattUSADF29611291.40020
Ezra ArmstrongUSADF221050.10010
Casey Bartlett-ScottENGDF2600
Wyatt BorsoUSAFW1700
Christopher MorrishUSLGK2300
Squad Total26.8131431170131512262
Opponent Total24.913143117013138371

 

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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