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Preview: Revenge towards Loudoun? | Pittsburgh Soccer Now

It seems like a lifetime since Loudoun and the Riverhounds final confronted one another, however in fact, it’s solely been 10 days. Since that point, the Riverhounds received a match over Charlotte and labored a draw towards Charleston. Loudoun, true to type, misplaced their final two matches: 2-0 to Hartford, and 4-1 to The Miami FC. Loudoun has one win of their final eight matches, and it was towards … the Riverhounds.

The Hounds didn’t play significantly nicely that evening, and because of this, received a customary … and epic … ass-chewing from Head Coach Bob Lilley.

You actually haven’t lived till you’ve seen the Riverhounds gathered in a circle on the heart of the sector after a loss, watch Bob Lilley costume them down for what sees like without end. Bob will get outcomes. When Bob doesn’t get outcomes, Bob filibusters. And I don’t imply the best way the filibuster works right this moment – when the Minority Chief simply informs the parliamentarian by electronic mail ‘My 40 senators filibuster’. I imply the old fashioned, ‘Mr Smith Goes to Washington’ manner, the place Bob talks till all people on the Hounds seems like ‘Jeez, I higher play higher subsequent time, or I’ll be caught listening to considered one of these rants and I’ll miss the opening to Puccini’s La Boheme.’ (Observe: I think the Riverhounds aren’t huge Puccini followers. I think about if I requested the gamers, they could fancy Mozart’s Magic Flute or Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen extra. I’ll ask at coaching.)

In different phrases, I believe that is sort of a should win sport for the Riverhounds. Loudoun used a mixture of aggressive midfield strain and deep-bunkered defending to frustrate them repeatedly final match. In the meantime the passing was slopping and there wasn’t actually a semblance of a plan going ahead – one errant move led to an emergency again move led to a gradual, ineffective recycling throughout the sector. Go higher, and you are able to do what you need. Succumb to strain, and you find yourself taking what they offer you, at finest.

Now we have to speak in regards to the different factor that occurred yesterday in Riverhounds world.

Chik-Fil-A has affiliated with soccer golf equipment, predominantly in MLS, for years now, and lots of soccer followers have pushed again in each occasion. Chik-Fil-A and their proprietor, Dan Cathy, have lengthy been related to charities which have a historical past of discriminating towards LGBT people. Only in the near past, it was reported that Cathy had donated to the Nationwide Christian Charity Basis, who’re funding efforts to defeat the Equality Act – federal laws that might add LGBT of us as a protected class to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, giving them plenty of federal protections they presently do not need.

I’ve seen this struggle earlier than. After I was in Colorado, the Colorado Rapids did a operating promotion with Chik-Fil-A. Many followers; significantly the hardcore supporters who development youthful, had been angered. One other chunk of followers had been both detached or just like their rooster sandwiches.

This incident was not an awesome search for the Riverhounds and their new membership president, Vic Gregovits. The crew has been transferring within the course of better monetary stability and even growth all through the Tuffy Shallenberger period, as Tuffy has invested in increasing the stands, lower a take care of Highmark over a brand new Coraopolis coaching floor, and bought the parking tons from Station Sq. to provide the crew choices to broaden in the event that they so select. Gregovits is definitely a part of the method of creating the crew extra financially profitable, however on this occasion ‘hey we will promote a variety of rooster sandwiches!’ was actually not thought by way of.

It’s laudable that the crew listened to Metal Military and discontinued this deal rapidly – different MLS groups just like the Rapids and FC Dallas drew ire for his or her resolution, however by no means reversed it or apologized. Nonetheless, you don’t actually rating factors for reversing course after you screw up. You screwed up. Hopefully, it was a lesson realized.

Lastly, it’s purported to rain tonight, and lightning and thunder. May very well be a late one, children.

Techniques and Personnel

(reprinted from my June 2 & June 30 2021 Loudoun previews.)

Simply earlier than Loudoun’s match towards Charleston, DC United loaned MLS rookie Kimarni Smith to Loudoun. Pitt Males’s Soccer followers will bear in mind Kimarni from the numerous epic Clemson-Pitt battles of the previous few years: he’s an explosive, technical, and harmful striker who was the quantity 4 total choose within the 2021 MLS Superdraft. He performed all 90 minutes towards Charleston at Proper Wing however was saved off the rating sheet. He’ll be a handful for the Hounds left-sided defenders Shane Wiedt and Dani Rovira.

Loudoun play three on the again in both a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3, relying in your perspective. With a formation like this and with their relative inexperience as a crew and a squad, the questions are actually about fullback utilization and getting again in transition, and about if the central midfield, which could simply have two gamers, might be overrun if the Hounds use three midfielders.

Primarily based on final years play, Loudoun’s downside is usually that they’re younger and aggressive and bodily, however sloppy and error susceptible. With a rotated squad, I count on a variety of that. If the Hounds can pounce on unsecured receptions within the midfield, they’ll win this match going away.

I actually like 20 year-old ahead Kailou Amoustapha – dude can flat out fly. A reliable tactic for Loudoun would possibly simply be boring boring lengthy diagonals excessive to him to outrun everybody. In fancy soccer parlance ‘his product within the last third is usually missing’.

I wrote about 19 12 months outdated midfielder Ted Ku-DiPietro final 12 months. He’s superb, however in fact, at one of many hardest positions to interrupt by way of at in skilled soccer. If the DC United academy product actually needs to progress to the following degree, he might want to begin blowing up within the minors, and grow to be an automated first-eleven choice for his supervisor, Ryan Martin.

The captain of this squad is 25 year-old elder statesman Timmy Mehl, a defender for the very gifted Indiana College faculty crew, the place he went to 2 NCAA School Cup last fours.

Lastly, bench defender Robby Dambrot graduated from Pitt in 2018.

Final Week’s Loudoun Lineup

Match Info

Date: Saturday, July 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tickets: Ticketmaster
TV: 22 The Level
Streaming: ESPN+
Stay Statistics: USL Championship Match Heart
Stay Updates:; Twitter at @RiverhoundsSC and #PITvLDN

Mark Asher Goodman is a author for Pittsburgh Soccer Now, masking the Riverhounds, the Pitt Males’s and Ladies’s groups, and youth soccer. He additionally co-hosts a podcast on the Colorado Rapids known as ‘Holding the Excessive Line with Rabbi and Purple.’ He has written up to now for the Washington Publish, Denver Publish, The Athletic, and American Soccer Evaluation.

When he is not studying, writing, watching, or teaching soccer, he’s an precise rabbi. No, actually.

Yow will discover him on twitter at @soccer_rabbi

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