Romeo Parkes has been the most effective player for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the last two matches.
He’s taken four shots in both matches, and even scored the equalizer against Toronto FC II last weekend. However, Parkes wasn’t as lucky on Saturday against Louisville City FC at Slugger Field.
Out of four shots, zero hit the target of Louisville goalkeeper Gregory Ranjitsingh. The only player to put a shot on target was forward Corey Hertzog, but Ranjitsingh made the save.
On the opposite side of the pitch, Trey Mitchell had a rough night in goal, forcing four saves. However, three goals went past him, from Cameron Lancaster (8′, 64′) and Niall McCabe (78′). Lancaster’s second goal was assisted by Brian Ownby and McCabe’s goal was assisted by Richard Ballard.
Paco Craig and Ownby had their shots saved by Mitchell.
In the yellow card count, the home side only had one yellow card shown to George Davis IV in the 35′ minute. Meanwhile, the Riverhounds had two yellow cards shown to Jamal Jack (36′) and Taylor Washington (71′).
With the yellow card, Washington has racked up five yellow cards this season, and will be forced to miss the next match.
Before the match even started, the Riverhounds had to make a change in their lineup. According to the club, defender Ritchie Duffie had to be taken out of the lineup with a lower body injury. The Riverhounds announced that the injury isn’t expected to be serious. Starting in his place was Ben Fitzpatrick.
The Riverhounds will return home to Highmark Stadium on Thursday to host the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the first time in club history. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available.
The Hounds will face the Rowdies without Washington, but also without Devaughn Elliott and John Manga. The club announced on Friday that they have “mutually parted ways” with both players.
Elliott and Manga already have new homes, with Manga going to the USL’s Premier Development League with the Ocean City Nor’easters and Elliott going to Guatemala, signing with Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club.
“With a crowded roster here in Pittsburgh, especially at midfield and in the attack, we felt the moves for Devaughn and John afforded both of them an opportunity to get back to competing in high level situations and embracing major roles in a different setting,” Brandt said.
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