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Sounding Off on Soccer: Riverhounds Road Woes

If you include the U.S. Open Cup, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC have lost their last four matches on the road, including the latest, 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay, on Saturday night.

With the latest loss in Florida, the Hounds (now 7-3-1 in league play) dropped to fourth place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference standings.

Mark Goodman joined me to as we tried to dissect why the Hounds are struggling away from home.
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he Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC went toe-to-toe with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in St. Petersburg, FL, on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh started off strong, getting the early goal, thanks to an Alex Dixon shot which deflected into goal.

However, as the match wore on, the Rowdies outlasted the Hounds, rolling to a 3-1 victory.

FINAL: Tampa Bay Rowdies 3, Riverhounds SC 1

The Hounds, coming off a pair of 1-0 wins at home, opted to keep playing on the front foot, even after taking the early lead.

Head Coach Bob Lilley wanted to take the game to two-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

“I thought the effort was there, but we weren’t quite good enough on the night,” Lilley said after the match.

“Overall, I think it was a good effort, but at times we allowed them too much space. But there’s something we can take from this game, and now we have to come home and get ready to go back down to Miami.”

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).

Sounding Off on Soccer: Riverhounds Road Woes

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