Hounds fall to Independence on Fourth of July

Hounds fall to Independence on Fourth of July

July 5, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger

In front of a sold-out crowd at Highmark Stadium, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds hosted another Fourth of July match. Their opponent on the Monongahela River was the Charlotte Independence.

The match didn’t serve in the favor of the Riverhounds, as they lost 3-1.

Chevaughn Walsh provided his second goal in two games in extra time in the second half. The goal was assisted by Corey Hertzog. Walsh came into the match in the 59’ minute, replacing Marshall Hollingsworth, who was named the Man of the Match.

However, it was too little, too late for the Riverhounds. The Charlotte Independence had a brace scored by Jorge Herrera, with goals in the 62’ and 79’ minutes. The first goal was scored on a penalty kick, conceded by Riverhounds defender Gale Agbossoumonde.

“I have to look at the tape,” head coach Dave Brandt said. “I thought it was super harsh to give a penalty there. I thought it was harsher not to give one to us in the 72 minute, or something like that.”

Brandt referred to the 79’ minute, when Hertzog was tripped inside the box.

In addition to Herrera’s two goals, Enzo Martinez scored the first tally for the Independence in the 40’ minute.

The Riverhounds entered the match with depth-chart problems. In addition to Ryan Adeleye, Shane Campbell, Ritchie Duffie and Rich Balchan’s injuries, the Riverhounds were also without goalkeepers Trey Mitchell (injury) and Keasel Broome (international duty with Barbados).

The squad was also without Lalas Abubakar, who made his debut with the Columbus Crew SC.

To fill the goalkeeper role, the Riverhounds brought Macklin Robinson on loan this week from North Carolina FC. The club also announced that Hunter Gilstrap would serve in the backup role. Gilstrap has been the goalkeeper coach for the Riverhounds this season, in addition to his work with the Riverhounds Academy.

“We had a big gap obviously since the last game,” Brandt said. “There were some lineup changes that were necessary. There were some that I chose. I wasn’t overly concerned about that. We had some choices in the lineup. There were several others we could have fielded. I like the group we put out.”

However, the Riverhounds celebrated the return of midfielder Victor Souto, who had suffered a lower body injury. Brandt also elected to move Michael Green back to the midfield, as he previously featured on defense. Shannon Gomez, a recent loanee from New York City FC, made his Riverhounds debut, while Tobi Adewole and Jamal Jack returned to the starting lineup.

In the yellow card count, the Riverhounds had two yellow cards shown to Agbossoumonde (61’) and Walsh (65’). Meanwhile, the visitors had one yellow card shown to Joel Johnson in the 71’ minute.

The Riverhounds will have a short week, as they travel down south to face Orlando City B on Saturday. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the new Orlando City Stadium.

Mike Sparks

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