From Riverhounds SC report
The Hounds played the first competitive minutes of their preseason this afternoon with a visit to face the Columbus Crew of MLS at the OhioHealth Performance Center indoor bubble, located on the site of Historic Crew Stadium.
The first meeting between the two teams since the 2020 preseason gave the sides an opportunity to give their full rosters a workout by playing 120 minutes divided between four half-hour periods.
Working on the weekend like usual 💪 pic.twitter.com/eRbaHknjwY
— The Crew (@ColumbusCrew) February 4, 2023
The Hounds, who have 11 players signed to the roster, used the scrimmage to get a closer look at numerous players who’ve been brought on trial.
“This helps make decisions. We did go with only two starters in first 60 minutes,” Head Coach Bob Lilley said following the match.
“It’s more about evaluating them. For 120 minutes it was good to see where we were fitness wise. Good to see where trialists were in terms of in high-tempo game. An MLS team is going to put you under the gun. It was beneficial for players as well as staff. We had a good first week of practice. We expected a little bit better (today).”
Coach’s thoughts on our first preseason match of the year 🔊#HOUNDTAHN pic.twitter.com/SppeQOTOdU
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) February 4, 2023
At the host’s request prior to the game, match and scoring details were kept behind closed doors for the scrimmage.