PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will face Philadelphia Union II for the second time in two weeks when they meet at Highmark Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. live on 22 The Point.
After starting the season with two straight wins the Hounds (2-2-0) have dropped their last two contests to Indy Eleven and the New York Red Bulls II, falling 1-0 and 2-1.
Pittsburgh will look to build on its previous dominant performance over its cross-state rival after topping Philadelphia 6-0 on July 18.
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Here is what to watch for during this Saturday’s showdown.
In their first meeting this season, the Hounds blew out Union II, 6-0, at Subaru Park. Pittsburgh had goals from five different players, including a brace from forward Steevan Dos Santos.
Pittsburgh will be looking for its third straight win against Union II. The Hounds haven’t lost against the in-state foe since the 2018 USL Championship Playoffs.
2.) Group F Picture
Pittsburgh currently sits in second place in Group F with six points, three points behind Hartford Athletic for the group lead. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is last in the group with one point on the season.
With a win on Saturday, the Hounds can further put distance between themselves and Union II in the standings while chasing down the Athletic.
3.) King Kenny
With 36 career assists at the USL Championship level, Kenardo Forbes sits one assist behind Maikel Chang for the most career assists in league history.
In Hounds history, the midfielder sits five assists behind Kevin Kerr’s record-mark of 27 helpers. Currently, Forbes is tied with Gary DePalma and Justin Evans for the fourth-most career assists in franchise history.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on 22 The Point
As the 2020 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC season restarts, 22 The Point (WPNT) is proud to announce a broadcast partnership with the USL club, carrying 11 regular season matchups.
The broadcast slate will highlight six home and five away matches, including nine division matchups against a combination of Hartford Athletic, Loudoun United FC, New York and Philadelphia.
“Back in March, we were thrilled to expand our service to include Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC soccer to our lineup of local sports on WPNT,” WPNT General Manager Richard Cook said.
“Now with all that has happened to sports in 2020, we are even more thrilled to bring the first live professional sports back to the Pittsburgh television audience starting in July.”
The set of games airing on 22 The Point is highlighted by a trip to Indy Eleven on Aug. 15 and three matches against perennial contender New York Red Bulls II, along with the season finale against Philadelphia Union II on Oct. 3.
“We are proud to be the first to bring professional sports back to the Greater Pittsburgh Area,” owner Tuffy Shallenberger said.
“We are grateful for our partnerships with AHN and 22 The Point, and excited to have eleven of our soccer matches locally televised to our southwest Pennsylvania communities, as well as an additional two games nationally broadcast on ESPN2.”
2020 PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC ON 22 THE POINT
Saturday, July 18 - Riverhounds SC 6, Philadelphia Union II 0
Sunday, July 26 - New York Red Bulls II 2, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 1
Saturday, Aug. 1 – vs. Philadelphia Union II at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 – vs. New York Red Bulls II at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15 - @ Indy Eleven at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22 – vs. Saint Louis FC at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6 - @ New York Red Bulls II at 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 – vs. Hartford Athletic at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19 - @ Loudoun United FC at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 – vs. Hartford Athletic at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 – vs. Philadelphia Union II at 7 p.m.
*Schedule subject to change