LIVE: Louisville City FC 2, Riverhounds SC 0, 2nd

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USL Championship Eastern Conference

Riverhounds SC (5-1-1, 16 pts) vs. Louisville City FC (5-0-3, 18 pts)

Saturday April 30, 2022 | Kick-off: 7:35 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky

Match Statistics: USL Championship Match Center

Odds: Hounds +295 / Ties +265 / Louisville -141 (BetRivers)
TV: 22 The point | Stream: ESPN+| Live Updates: @Danangel11 on Twitter | Match hashtag: #LOUvPIT

Matchday Updates

Check here for updates including starting line-ups, key in-game moments and post-game recaps/reactions.

77′ — For my money, Wilson Harris is an easy pick for man of the match tonight. The Hounds just couldn’t contain it.

75′ — Harris stars in Corben Bone for what shouldn’t have been. 3 for Louisville, but Waite makes the save again. Waite really tried hard on this one; this could easily be 4-0 if he wasn’t on his game.

69′ — Harris looks dangerous again at net but Waite is up to the task here. Louisville was a step ahead all night.

67′ — Dane Kelly can’t get the ball off his foot in the penalty area. I’m not sure if it’s the stumbles on the field or the uncertainty, but Pittsburgh just doesn’t shoot when they come.

63′ — Harris almost had the third marker there when he got a good look inside the box. Had he not tripped over the shot, Waite would have had little chance of deflecting it.

59′ — If I were to bet on it (which, as always, I won’t), I’d say LouCity is more likely to score the next goal. Dogs just don’t look dangerous.

56′ — Free kick for Pittsburgh in midfield. That deficit is certainly not impossible to overcome (as my Bristol Rovers side showed today when they turned a 2-0 into a 4-3 win in England’s League Two) but it won’t happen the way the Hounds are playing at the moment .

52′ — Alex Dixon with a decent run down the right but the finish leaves a lot to be desired, landing somewhere between the Coopers and the Unbridled. The hounds have to climb a mountain.

50′ – YELLOW CARD, PITTSBURGH: ARTURO ORDONEZ. Ordonez is shown yellow for a tackle in the attacking third against Mushagalusa. Louisville can’t do anything with the free kick.

HALF – Obviously our referees are acting Bundesliga style tonight as there will be no stoppage time in the first half. Louisville City 2 (Harris 20, Mushagalusa 39), Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0.

42′ — Albert Dikwa got the best view of the goal the Hounds had this half as he headed the ball inside the box. Kyle Morton has to make his first save tonight.

39′ – GATE, LOUISVILLE: And that’s exactly what Pittsburgh is doing. This time it’s Enoch Mushagalusa from Wilson Harris’ feed, a reversal of the first goal. It passes Waite on his left and Louisville leads 2-0.

38′ — Amadou Dia almost finds some space in the box for Louisville, but the Hounds defense are able to steal the ball away. Pittsburgh cannot afford to give up for a second.

35′ — Russell Cicerone can’t get the ball off his foot as Sean Totsch makes a great defensive play to thwart the Riverhounds in the box. That should have been an equalizer for the Hounds if the shot had gone off.

30′ – YELLOW CARD, JELANI PETERS, PITTSBURGH. A bad challenge leads to a free kick just outside the box for Wilson Harris, who puts it wide. Hunting dogs live dangerously here.

28′ — Brian Ownby judged Louisville City to be offside when attacking. I’m not sure about this; Pittsburgh might have gotten away with one there for not chasing Ownby.

23′ — Russell Cicerone gets a decent look at the net but it goes over the bar and into the crowd. Hounds need a better answer than that.

20′ – TOR, LOUISVILLE: Hounds completely lose sight of Wilson Harris at the post, who can easily lead the ball home after Mushagalusa’s cross. Pittsburgh cannot be happy about that.

17′ — Apologies for the slight delay in getting updates here; had some technical difficulties, probably related to the overcast weather in Louisville tonight. Everything seems to be working fine now and hopefully it stays that way.

16′ — Louisville’s Enoch Mushagalusa goes down in the box after a tackle in Pittsburgh, but the referee isn’t interested. That was the right decision; there was nothing in it.

14′ — Hounds with a dangerous attack after getting nothing out of the first turn. This one finds a head, but that’s all. Still much better on the attack from Pittsburgh.

13′ — Misses from the back for Louisville and the Hounds take a corner. This could be a big breakthrough for Pittsburgh.

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Game Preview / Key Storylines

It’s a reunion for the two clubs who didn’t meet in 2021 due to divisional alignment a season ago. That was the first time since Louisville joined the league in 2015 that teams haven’t played at least twice during a year, which they will do this year with today’s game and the second leg in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.

Unusually, the story favors the street team in this series. The visitors are 9-2-4 in 15 previous meetings, including a 4-2-1 for the Hounds at Derby City. The teams met twice at Lynn Family Stadium, both in 2020. The Hounds won the very first game there 3-1, but Louisville exacted some revenge by beating the Hounds 2-0 in the playoffs.

With the Run for the Roses not taking place in Louisville until next week, the Hounds’ horses at the front have run wild for the first two months of the season. Dane Kelly shares the lead in the USL championship with six goals, and Albert Dikwa is just behind him with four goals. Combined, they’re the top-scoring pair in the league with 10 players, and that’s not even factoring in 2021 top scorer Russell Cicerone, who scored his second goal of the year against Atlanta last Saturday.

In perhaps a small role reversal, the Hounds’ offense is the best in the league in terms of goals per game, while Louisville has made it to the top with the league’s stingiest defense with just four goals allowed in eight games. That includes a league-best five clean sheets for former Hounds goaltender Kyle Morton, who has started every game for Louisville since joining from the MLS’s Houston Dynamo in the offseason.

The two teams already have an idea of ​​how they are doing this year, having drawn 1-1 in Pittsburgh in the preseason on February 26 when an early goal from City’s top scorer Wilson Harris was canceled out by a penalty from Alex Dixon was nullified kick. But that game, with its unlimited substitutions, should have little impact on the first regular-season meeting in more than 21 months between the only two teams to make the Eastern Conference playoffs in all of their last five seasons.

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