Playoffs Preview: Riverhounds SC at Louisville City FC
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC starts the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs on the road against Louisville City FC for an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals showdown. This match is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Lynn Family Stadium and will be televised on 22 The Point.
At the completion of the regular season, the Hounds finished second in Group F whereas Louisville finished atop of Group E.
Last year, these two teams met in the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Highmark Stadium. The game ended for the Hounds in extra time, after a tie-breaking goal in the 118th minute from Louisville's Paolo DelPiccolo gave the opposition a 2-1 victory.
This will be the second time these clubs clash in 2020, as the Hounds opened their season against Louisville back on July 12. The Hounds fell behind early in the first half, but three unanswered goals powered the them to a 3-1 victory in the inaugural match at Lynn Family Stadium.
The Hounds head into the playoffs after putting together an impressive regular season campaign. Not only did they finish at the top of the USL Championship in many categories, they also broke club records. As a team, the Hounds scored 2.44 goals per game and allowed only 0.63 goals per game - both being club records.
For league-wide accomplishments, Pittsburgh led the USL Championship with a 28 percent conversion rate on offense. Defending was also a key going into this season, and the Hounds' backline did not disappoint. They tied for the top spot in the USL Championship with eight clean sheets. Five of those shutouts came from goalkeeper Danny Vitiello, who was awarded the Golden Glove for the best goals-against average (0.50) in the league.
In club history, Pittsburgh is 8-12 in postseason action. Under head coach Bob Lilley, the club is 1-2. Both of these losses occurred in either extra time or penalties.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 10
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Television: 22 The Point
Live Statistics: USL Championship Match Center
Live Updates: Twitter at @RiverhoundsSC and #LOUvPIT
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