Riverhounds, Orlando City B draw in new stadium

Riverhounds, Orlando City B draw in new stadium

July 9, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger

It was the first trip down to the new Orlando City Stadium for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Instead of stealing three points in the home of Orlando City B – as well as the MLS’ Orlando City SC and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride – the Riverhounds took a single point.

After a rain delay, the Riverhounds and Orlando City B kicked off in the new stadium, which features 49 rainbow colored seats for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting last year.

Head coach Dave Brandt made plenty of changes to the lineup. Notably, Corey Hertzog sat on the bench to start the match, with Romeo Parkes and Chevaughn Walsh starting in the forward slots.

Coach Brandt
Coach Brandt

Also, Keasel Broome returned to the starting lineup, after he featured for Barbados on international duty for the last week. Hunter Gilstrap served as backup with Macklin Robinson going back to North Carolina FC, as his loan spell is over.

The Riverhounds also saw Danny Earls return to the starting lineup, and Victor Souto started his second straight match since returning from injury. On defense, Taylor Washington made his return to the lineup, and was joined by Jamal Jack, Tobi Adewole and Michael Green.

Notably sitting on the bench with Hertzog was Marshall Hollingsworth.

In the attack, Parkes was busy, taking four shots with two being on target. However, Orlando City B’s goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. recorded two big saves for his side. No other Riverhound had a shot on target.

Parkes was relieved of his duties in the 64’ minute, making way for Hertzog, who recorded one shot. As for Walsh, he recorded three shots until he was subbed out in the 85’ minute for Hollingsworth.

In goal, Broome made only one save, denying Richie Laryea.

The Riverhounds had three yellow cards, while Orlando City B only had one yellow card shown to Timbó in the 78’ minute. The Riverhounds had their yellow cards shown in the second half, going to Earls (60’), Green (71’) and Washington (84’).

The Riverhounds will continue their season on the road, heading back to Pennsylvania to face the Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday. The match will begin at 5 p.m. at Goodman Stadium.

Mike Sparks

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