The playoffs were far out of sight for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds last year at this time.
This year, that’s not the case.
The Riverhounds are inching closer and closer to a spot, and are now riding on a five-game unbeaten streak. On Saturday afternoon, the Riverhounds suited up against FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium.
Tenth place is where the Riverhounds currently sit, with 34 points. Right above them is the Bethlehem Steel with the same points. The team right above the playoff mark is FC Cincinnati with 35 points.
Also with 35 points, and in seventh place, is the New York Red Bulls.
Right now, in the USL’s Eastern Conference, it’s anyone’s game for a playoff spot.
Corey Hertzog, just like many of his teammates, wants that spot. He helped the Riverhounds attain a point at Nippert Stadium, scoring the first goal of the match in the 3′ minute.
Hertzog’s goal was assisted by Chevaughn Walsh, his fellow forward.
FC Cincinnati scored the equalizer past Riverhounds goalkeeper Matt Perrella in the 40′ minute. Andrew Wiedeman’s goal was unassisted.
Perrella had only one save against Jimmy McLaughlin. As for FC Cincinnati, goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt made three saves to deny Romeo Parkes, Walsh and another shot from Hertzog.
Hildebrandt received the first of three yellow cards for FC Cincinnati in the 34′ minute. Hildebrandt’s teammates Kenney Walker (50′) and Harrison Delbridge (82′) also received yellow cards.
The Riverhounds only had one yellow card shown to Jamal Jack in the +90′ minute.
The Riverhounds will return to Highmark Stadium on Saturday to host Louisville City FC. Louisville currently sits in the top position in the Eastern Conference with 47 points.
The match is slated to kick off at 7 p.m.
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