Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s Ed Thompson was on hand for the Riverhounds SC home opener, its 11th at Highmark Stadium, to capture the action from what was a very hard-fought, physical battle between two clubs that have played very close matches in the past three seasons.
The Hounds’ salvaged a 1-1 draw, thanks in large part to Burke Fahling’s wonder strike, in the late stages of the match.
“It was always going to be a tight game. Miami came in and made it very physical. They didn’t want to give anything away, so it wasn’t real adventurous,” Riverhounds SC Head Coach said after the match.
“There weren’t a lot of holes, so we had to do it with smashmouth football and I thought we did a good job of that in the second half.”
How close has the series been between the two sides?
After seven matches in three seasons, the overall series is tied 2-2-3. They’ll meet again one more time in the regular season, on September 16, in Miami.
The home opener also brought out a strong showing of fan support, on a cold, damp March night. Ed captured many wonderful images from the night, as we have them for you to see in the photo gallery below.
Ed Thompson Photo Gallery (Riverhounds SC vs The Miami FC)