Pittsburgh Riverhounds MatchDay: Return Engagement In Richmond With The Kickers


Pittsburgh midfielder Matt Dallman leads the Riverhounds into Richmond for the second time this season. (Photo: Riverhounds.com)

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Richmond Kickers meet for the second time this month Saturday evening at City Stadium in Virginia. The last time the two squads got together was on April 5 when the Kickers claimed a 3-1 win in Richmond.

The match is set to kick off at 5 p.m. and you can catch all the action as it will be streamed live on the USL Pro’s YouTube channel.

The Hounds (0-2-1) rallied for three second-half goals last week in their home opener at Highmark Stadium, but could not finish the comeback as they lost 4-3 against the Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads.

One of the highlights from last week’s match was midfielder Kevin Kerr, who came of the bench in the second half to score for Pittsburgh in his season debut. He could move into a starting role this week as he has recovered from a foot injury.

The Hounds will be short-handed on offense in the rematch as forward Collins John is out with a three-game suspension after being ejected at the end of last week’s contest, while Jose Angulo is questionable with a lower-body injury. Each has scored two goals in the early goings of the 2014 season.

Pittsburgh will need to stay out of foul trouble this week in their search for their first win. They committed 15 fouls to the Hammerheads’ nine last week at Highmark Stadium.

Richmond (1-1-1), which is the defending USL Pro regular season champion, is looking to get back on the winning track as it lost on the road last week 2-1 to the Charlotte Eagles.

One of the players to keep an eye on is striker Michael Seaton, who has a goal in back-to-back games and scored in the teams’ previous meeting. The 17-year-old forward is in his second season on loan from MLS affiliate D.C. United.

In three games this season, Richmond midfielder George Davis has two goals and Collin Martin has two assists.

Since 1999, the Kickers hold a 15-8-7 record over the Riverhounds. The two programs have been rivals going back to when they played each other in the USL First Division.

The Riverhounds return home to the Steel City next Saturday to host the Charleston Battery at 6 p.m.