After falling at home to the Charlotte Independence on their annual Fourth of July, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds traveled down south to face Orlando City B at their new stadium.
The two teams had met up already this year, at Highmark Stadium, with the Lions taking the 1-2 win. However, on Saturday, the two teams split the points, ending the match in a scoreless draw.
Romeo Parkes had the most chances for the Riverhounds, taking four shots with two being on target. However, Orlando City B goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. denied Parkes two shots on goal. Chevaughn Walsh took three shots, with none of them hitting the target.
As for Orlando City B, Richie Laryea was the only player to hit the target, but Keasel Broome’s lone save denied him. Broome returned to the Riverhounds after spending the last week on international duty with Barbados. Hunter Gilstrap featured as Broome’s backup.
“I thought we played some really good football. We moved the ball well through the lines, created numerous chances, our defensive organization was really good when you consider we had one day with that group of players to work with them,” OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis said. “Two points dropped rather than a point gained. Having said that, the chance they had at the end, they probably could’ve nicked it.”
For the Hounds, Broome wasn’t the only lineup change under head coach Dave Brandt. Brandt elected to sit Corey Hertzog and Marshall Hollingsworth on the bench. Starting in place of Hertzog was Chevaughn Walsh, while Danny Earls started in the midfield over Hollingsworth.
However, Hollingsworth entered the match for Walsh in the 85′ minute, while Hertzog entered for Parkes in the 64′ minute.
Also notable lineup changes included moving Michael Green back to defense, and Taylor Washington returning as a starter.
The Riverhounds received three yellow cards, going to Earls (60′), Green (71′) and Washington (84′). Meanwhile, the home side only had one yellow card shown to Timbó (78′).
The Riverhounds will return to Pennsylvania on Saturday, but will head to Goodman Stadium to face the Bethlehem Steel FC. The match will kick off at 5 p.m.
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