Despite a scoreless draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds lead the fight for the Keystone Derby fight.
The Riverhounds lead due a 1-0 win against the Islanders on April 29 at Highmark Stadium.
On Wednesday, the Riverhounds traveled to FNB Field in Harrisburg. The scoreless draw had some chances, notably coming from Corey Hertzog, Romeo Parkes and Stephen Okai. The Riverhounds also had Ben Fitzpatrick and captain Kevin Kerr record shots.
The Riverhounds were able to gain a point from the match due to efforts from the defense. Jamal Jack resumed his place starting in the centerback position with Joseph Greenspan, while Ben Fitzpatrick and Taylor Washington took hold of the left and right sides. In total, the defense blocked three shots taken by the Islanders.
Trey Mitchell started in goal once again over Keasel Broome, recording three saves and grabbing a single cross. Opposite of Mitchell was Sean Lewis for the Islanders, who recorded five saves.
Meanwhile in the midfield, Kerr dropped back from a forward position played in recent matches. Kerr was the Riverhounds’ main attacking midfielder. Meanwhile, Okai fulfilled the role of defending midfielder with the absence of Victor Souto.
Up top, Romeo Parkes got his first USL start since returning to the Riverhounds. He was subbed off in the 85′ minute for Chevaughn Walsh. Parkes and Walsh were joined by Hertzog up top.
The Riverhounds did not have a single yellow card in the match. However for the Islanders, two players received yellow cards from referee Chuck Murphy. Mouhamed Dabo received the first yellow card in the 29′ minute, and was followed by Pedro Riberio in the 47′ minute.
The Hounds will not appear until June 3, when they host Orlando City B at Highmark Stadium. Tickets are available and kickoff time is slated for 7 p.m.
— PGH Riverhounds (@PghRiverhounds) May 25, 2017
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