Last year when the Pittsburgh Riverhounds lost their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match, Mark Steffens soon found himself without a job.
However, with a three-game USL winning streak, Dave Brandt seems to have his job secure. That doesn’t make the Riverhounds 3-1 loss against Chicago United FC any less significant.
The Riverhounds changed up their lineup drastically against Chicago United. On the bench were regular starters Corey Hertzog, Kevin Kerr, Taylor Washington, Jack Thompson and Trey Mitchell. In goal instead of Mitchell was Keasel Broome.
Brandt experimented on the defense as well, bringing Nick Thompson down from forward to centerback. Jamal Jack joined him at centerback, while Shane Campbell and Ben Fitzpatrick took to the flanks. It was the first start for both outside backs, and Campbell’s return from injury.
Meanwhile, falling to injury was midfielder Kenroy Howell. He was replaced in the 38′ minute by Kerr.
Also in the midfield was Romeo Parkes, who normally features as a forward. Parkes earned his first start since returning to the Riverhounds. The Jamaican came on as a substitute in Saturday’s win against the Ottawa Fury.
Up front on the attack were young forwards Chevaughn Walsh and Kay Banjo. Banjo scored the lone goal for the Riverhounds in the 58′ minute, which was assisted by Parkes.
However, the Chicago United wrapped up the match late in the second half. Their first half goal was scored by Mark Segbres in the 19′ minute. However, the game-winning goals were scored by Tom Barlow (73′) and Ryan Sierakowski (90’+4′).
The Riverhounds only had one yellow card shown to Danny Earls in the 86′ minute, compared to Chicago’s two yellow cards. The recipients for Chicago United were Abdoulaye Samake (23’) and Max De Bruijne (30’).
The Riverhounds will re-group and face Louisville City FC on Saturday at Highmark Stadium. Louisville was already at Highmark Stadium on Wednesday for their U.S. Open Cup match against the local Tartan Devils. Louisville claimed the win with a 9-0 final score.
On Saturday, the match will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available.
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