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Final: Dutch Lions 2, Riverhounds 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to the inaugural kickoff of pro soccer in our city …

Game: Riverhounds (0-1-1) vs. Dayton Dutch Lions (0-0)

Time: 7:32 p.m.

Site: Beavercreek Stadium, Dayton, Ohio

Live video feed: USLsoccer.com

Here’s the official live match information.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

Comments

  1. JaxBuc says:

    Can’t the Riverhounds get any love from Dejan’s lunatics?

    DK: Not really expecting much, if anything, here. This is posted more for those that would be interested in the broadcast feeds and such.

  2. Give them time…
    They will come…they will come

  3. Chuck says:

    Tough loss, watched the game and Dayton scored off of a corner in the 94th minute to win. Pittsburgh played most of the game up a man, and like the past games they controlled much of the action for the 90. Just can’t catch a break so far, hope it turns around.

    DK: Watched, too, Chuck. Dayton’s winner looked like a replica of Harrisburg’s, with the back line crumbling. Can’t happen.

    But the bigger issue, as you note, is attacking without producing. It’s nice aesthetically, but it means little without the finish.

  4. Chuck says:

    I agree 100% DK, in all 3 games Pittsburgh constantly controls the possession, but simply drives towards the corner flag and attempts to send in a cross. I think that has something to do with the skill level of 3rd division US soccer, but I can’t even remember a time this year when any Pittsburgh player controlled possession into the box and then had a shot on target.

    Having said that, it is still too early in the season to tell how this year will play out. I think if they make some slight tactical changes they will have the offensive firepower as Angulo and Arteaga have demonstrated they can score for their previous clubs. Again though, like you mentioned the back line has to be a concern at this point, and will become an even bigger concern against a team that is able to control the possession.

    Hopefully those who plan on attending the games at Highmark are more interested in the sport and the venue, thus far at least.

    DK: It’s not the goal, I can assure you. Justin Evans’ system is predicated upon attacking through the middle. They just aren’t getting the touches or creativity they need there.

  5. Ghost says:

    Actually, just as with the Penguins I’ll remotely keep an eye on others discussion here on the Riverhounds and be pleased to hear if/when they have success. If they’re on this Blog, then it’s like they’re family.

    DK: Outstanding.

  6. Vinny Giardina says:

    Well, since I live in New Jersey, I doubt I’ll have much interest in the Riverhounds, but as a soccer fan from way back (1975, to be precise), I hope it catches on in Pittsburgh.

 
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