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Riverhounds and Crew battle to 1-1 tie

August 8, 2006 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC News Release

The Riverhounds Football Club (7-6-6) and Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew (4-9-8) battled to a 1-1 tie in front of a sellout crowd at Falconi Field.

The HOUNDS® and Crew provided an exciting show to a sellout crowd of over 3,600. Riverhounds fans of all ages enjoyed a special chance to see the HOUNDS® take on Major League Soccer competition. This exhibition match featured a surprising amount of intense physical play as the teams combined for over 30 fouls. Each team also utilized its bench to its fullest extent as every Riverhounds and all but one Crew player saw action.

After a constant back and forth battle, the Crew struck first as midfielder Ricardo Virtuoso set up defender Ivan Becerra in the 41st minute to give Columbus the 1-0 lead late in the first half. The Riverhounds fought hard to tie up the score before the half launching several offensive attacks. However, with forward David Flavius, who led several of the attacks for the Hounds®, leaving in the 45th minute due to injury, Pittsburgh was unable to even up the score before halftime

Heading into the second half, down a goal, the Riverhounds picked up their intensity, making several runs on the Crew goal. Flavius' replacement Leon Browne picked up right where Flavius left off and finally broke through in the 49th minute, scoring on a pass from midfielder Jean Robens, to tie the score up at 1-1.

With the score all tied up at one, each team picked up their play, looking to take home the victory. However, both defenses rose to the occasion, shutting down several offensive chances throughout the rest of the second half. Riverhounds goalkeeper's Terry McNelis and Chris Robinson turned in spectacular efforts making a combined five saves and holding the Columbus offense to only one goal.

The Riverhounds (7-6-6) will now travel to Cincinnati on August 12 for their final regular season match of the 2006 season.

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