Saint Louis FC Will Try To Capitalize On Rowdies Win When They Host Pittsburgh Riverhounds On Saturday
Saint Louis FC hosts the Pittsburgh Riverhounds this Saturday at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. The United Soccer League match is set to kick off at 7: 30 pm.
The match will be shown in the St. Louis area on KPLR 11and can be heard on KTRS 550.
STLFC (7-9-5) is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday.
Tickets for Saturday’s match can be purchased in advance online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
Last Time Out For Saint Louis FC
Saint Louis FC earned three points last weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 win at home over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The local club went up 2-0 early in the contest on goals by Daniel Jackson and Seth Rudolph in the first five minutes of action. Tampa Bay stormed back to draw even by the 16th minute and take the lead going into halftime.
Saint Louis FC drew even in the 67th minute on Rudolph’s second goal of the match and got the game-winner in the 89th minute from Konrad Plewa.
Rudolph was named USL Man of the Match, earned the Pleats Cleaners Man of the Match Award from fans on Twitter, was named the Louligans Man of the Match by the supporters group after the match and was named to the USL Team of the Week for week 21 of the season.
— St.Louligans ☠️ (@StLouligans) August 15, 2017
Tampa Bay defender Damion Lowe, whose ejection from Sunday’s match forced the Rowdies to play a man down for the final minutes of the match, was transferred to Ik Start in Norway earlier this week.
Riverhounds Coming Off 3-0 Win Over Harrisburg City
Chevaughn Walsh scored a brace of his own last weekend for Pittsburgh. Romeo Parkes assisted on one of Walsh’s goals and scored another of his own in the team’s 3-0 win over Harrisburg City.
With the win the Riverhounds moved to 6-8-9 on the season. At 27 points, they sit just above STLFC in the USL East.
Walsh’s scores against Harrisburg were his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Corey Hertzog leads the club with 7 goals on the season.
Chevaugh Walsh, a 22-year old Jamaican, signed with the Riverhounds last August after being named the 2016 Premier Development League Most Valuable Player. Walsh scored 14 goals and won the league’s Golden Boot while playing for the Ocean City Nor’easters.
Walsh played one year of college soccer at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, leading the team to the NJCAA Division 1 national tournament. Walsh scored 25 goals and recorded 14 assists in 20 games in Hillsboro.
Hertzog, a 27-year old from Pennsylvania who was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, led that nation in scoring during his junior year at Penn State back in 2010. He was also a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermman Trophy and was TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Player of the Season that year.
Aside from the earlier-mentioned forwards, Pittsburgh will look to have big games from Jamal Jack and Trey Mitchell. Jack, who won three league titles playing in his native Trinidad, has been one of the club’s top defenders this season.
Mitchell has conceded 15 goals in his 16 appearances this season and has recorded 6 clean sheets. The Riverhounds will be relying heavily on the goalkeeper as they push for a spot in the USL playoffs with Keasel Broome ruled out for the remainder of the season.
What To Expect Saturday From Saint Louis FC
With 11 games remaining in the season and the club sitting out of a playoff position in the conference, every point is extremely important for Saint Louis FC. The club took a step in the right direction with the win on Sunday, the first in a stretch of three games in eleven days. Saturday’s contest is another opportunity before Tulsa comes to town on Wednesday.
With three games in less than two weeks, this stretch of games is an opportunity for Preki to utilize his roster’s depth. Against Tampa Bay , Octavio Guzman and A.J. Cochran were among the players that Preki rested. Austin Ledbetter played the full 90 minutes on the back line while Tyler David again proved his versatility playing 63 minutes at forward.
Milan Petosevic was a 63rd minute substitute and immeditly made his presence felt. Look for Milan to start either Saturday’s match or Wednesday’s match.
Christian Volesky was also a second half substitute against Tampa Bay. Look for him to start Saturday. Although he leads the club with four goals, he hasn’t scored since June 2 and three of his goals came during a three-game stretch early in the season. It’s vital for STLFC that Volesky regains his scoring touch.
Fans should also expect to see teenager Aeden Stanley in one of the next two matches. Wes Charpie is reportedly back from injury and training with the team. Fans can expect to see him as well during this stretch.
36 players in the league are one yellow card away from a one-game suspension entering this week’s matches. Surprisingly, not a single one is on the local squad. That’s good news for Preki as it allows midfielders Ivan Mirkovic and Dragan Stojkov to play with their typical reckless abandon. (Ok, they would play the same either way but at least no one has to worry about an accumulation suspension.)
Get Ready For Saturday’s Match With The This Is Silly! Podcast
Did you know that St. Louis is home to one of the longest-running and best USL podcasts in the land? Listen to the latest episode of the This Is Silly! podcast from the St. Louligans.
Be sure to listen to FC Soccer Weekly on Friday night on KTRS 550 as well. The show begins at begins at 7 pm and will feature plenty of STLFC talk as well as appearances by STLFC players and coaches.
Get Out To Toyota Stadium Saturday Night
Saint Louis FC is averaging 4,559 fans per match through ten home dates this season. The club ranks tenth in the 30-team USL.
Tickets are still available for Saturday’s contest. Purchase tickets in advance at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
Be sure to get to Soccer Park early and join the St. Louligans for the their tailgate in the back of the parking lot. They will be having a Chili Cook-off and raising funds as part of their Charity Du Jour program. This week’s charity is the American Diabetes Association. The Louligans raised over $700 last week for Backstoppers.
The Pub 2 Park shuttles will be running from Molly’s In Soulard, Amsterdam Tavern, Smugala’s Pizza in Sunset Hills and Hotshots in Fention. A Pub 2 Park shuttle will also be running for Hollywood Casino-St. Louis for Saturday’s match. The Hollywood Casino shuttle will leave at 5: 45 pm with shuttles from Molly’s Amsterdam and Smugala’s leaving at 6 pm and the Hotshots shuttle departing at 6: 15 pm.
Pub 2 Park shuttles are complimetary and reservations are suggested. Register for a Pub 2 Park shuttle here.
Stream Saint Louis FC v Pittsburgh On Saturday
All USL matches this season can be streamed live for free on YouTube. Saturday’s match will also be shown on KPLR 11 in the St. Louis area. It can also be heard on KTRS 550.
Stream the USL match between Saint Louis FC and Pittsburgh Riverhounds on August 19 below.
Saint Louis FC v Pittsburgh Riverhounds August 19, 2017 #stlvpgh
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