Riverhounds earn away draw in Bethlehem

Riverhounds earn away draw in Bethlehem

July 17, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds returned to Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t at Highmark Stadium.

On Saturday, the Riverhounds headed toward the middle of the state to face the Bethlehem Steel FC. The match, which was held at Goodman Stadium, featured the two sides splitting the points.

Chevy Walsh

Points were split due to goals scored three minutes apart from each other. For the Riverhounds, Chevaughn Walsh struck first, finding the back of Tomás Romero’s net in the 24’ minute. Walsh’s goal was assisted by Shannon Gomez, a recent loanee from New York City FC.

Three minutes later, in the 27’ minute, James Chambers scored on a penalty kick shot, putting his shot past Keasel Broome.

Broome earned his second straight start in goal, while Trey Mitchell returned to the 18-man gameday roster after suffering a shoulder injury. However, head coach Dave Brandt elected to stick with Broome, as he did during last weekend’s Orlando City B match.

Returning back to his old stomping grounds was Taylor Washington. Washington featured for the Steel FC last year, on loan from the Philadelphia Union. With the Steel FC, Washington recorded 28 appearances on defense.

Making his return to the pitch was Kay Banjo, who was subbed into the match in the 84’ minute for midfielder Victor Souto. Banjo had gone over a month not featuring for the Riverhounds due to injury.

In the match, the Riverhounds had three yellow cards shown to Jamal Jack (34’), Danny Earls (43’) and Souto (76’). The Steel FC had only one yellow card shown to Josh Heard in the 37’ minute.

The Riverhounds will continue their road trips, heading up north to New York to face the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday. The match, which will be held at Capelli Sport Stadium, and kickoff is slated for 6:05 p.m.

Mike Sparks

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