TFC II welcome the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to the Ontario Soccer Centre for their second home opener.
TFC II are looking to keep their momentum going when the take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at home. This will be the fourth outing between both clubs, and the Riverhounds have shown in the past how dominant they are against the young Reds. In three matches, Pittsburgh has been able to out score TFC II 10-2.
Luckily for the young Reds, the Riverhounds will be without captain Kevin Kerr, who won’t be traveling with his team due to travel restrictions. This works into TFC II’s favour since Kerr was a player that made things difficult for the newly created club. The Scottish born midfielder scored twice in three games against TFC II, and would run his teams offence from the middle of the pitch. Without Kerr, the Riverhounds will be without an integral part of their starting XI.
Another factor that could play to TFC II’s favour is that the Riverhounds have only played once this season, as a snowstorm postponed their match last week and they haven’t played a match since April 2. If the young Reds can take control of the game in the beginning, then maybe they can win their first match against Pittsburgh.
Who are the Riverhounds?
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds were founded in 1998 and started off in the old USL A-League. They would then move to the Pro Soccer League in 2004. After a brief stint their, they would then move to the USL Second Division from 2005-2010, and when the current the USL PRO was created in 2011, they were one of the first teams to join the newly formed league.
The Riverhounds play their games out of Highmark Stadium, a pitch that overlooks the tremendous skyline of the city.
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Like other USL teams, the Riverhounds have an MLS affiliate. They have recently signed an agreement with the Columbus Crew to have players be sent down to Pittsburgh and have the ability to recall them whenever they choose. Prior to the Crew, the Riverhounds had an agreement with D.C. United.
Players to watch
With Kerr being unavailable, the young Reds will need to switch their focus to the speedy Stephen Okai. Okai is a speed demon, who has a good eye for his teammate’s and brings a sense of flair to his game that can make many defenders freeze up. If the young Reds can be wary of Okai, then they should be able to walk away with at least a point.
Another player to watch is Lebo Moloto. The South African debuted for the Riverhounds last season and scored an impressive six goals in 25 appearances, one of which was against TFC II.
The last player to watch is more of familiar face. Jordan Murrell was apart of the TFC Academy when he was younger, captaining the side before he went to Syracuse. He was then drafted by Real Salt Lake last season, and featured in 17 league games for their affiliate, Real Monarchs.
You can catch the game live at 4 p.m EDT at tfc2.ca.