Game 15 Recap: Head Over Heels

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Even a couple a days after the fact I’m still buzzing about the Hounds win on Thursday. They came out against one of the best teams in the Eastern conference and just asserted their will for most of the match. It was a trap game where for once we were the trap. I don’t know if the roster shakeup is what did it or if Brandt really laid into them this week after the abysmal Louisville loss, but whatever it was it worked. This is the Hounds team we like to see.

Maybe saying they asserted themselves / were dominate isn’t the best way to describe it. If you look at the stats Tampa out possessed the Hounds by a wide margin, 63% to 37%, but they weren’t able to do anything with it. Half of their shots were from outside…



Know Your Enemy: Tampa Bay

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The Hounds host third place Tampa Bay Thursday night at Highmark, the first time the two teams have faced each other in USL league play, with Tampa joining the USL from the NASL this year. The Rowdies are no stranger to Highmark stadium though, visiting in 2015 for a US Open Cup tie that Rob Vincent would win for the Hounds in extra time.

Despite being third in the east, Tampa Bay is on a bit of a downswing in the form table, winless in their last five games, going 0-1-4. That run consists of four straight draws against Richmond, Rochester, Charlotte and St. Louis.  You could argue that Tampa beefed up on points early in the season against some possibly inferior competition and are falling back to the pack.  The Rowdies are also aided by playing the…



Weekday Hangover: Panic. Don’t Panic.

Last night got out of hand
In lieu of a recap I thought I’d dust off the old Weekday Hangover and ramble for a few.

I actually don’t really know where to go with this. The only reason my finger is only hovering over the panic button instead of furiously pressing it is I didn’t expect the Hounds to win last weekend anyways. On the road, at a place they Hounds haven’t had success at before, against a team on a definitive upward swing… it wasn’t a recipe for success. Perhaps my pre-game acceptance of a loss says it all.

I’m starting to think this is just who the Hounds are. They started off strong and exciting, but have since fallen back to earth. Our brief foray into 4th place was just a fluke of scheduling. The rest of the league has caught up…



Know Your Enemy Reloaded: Louisville City (6-1-4, 3rd in East)

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Louisville City came into the May 20th meeting at Highmark Stadium leading the Hounds by one point in the upper tier of the Eastern Conference standings and was facing a Hounds team that was coming off three wins on the spin. As we know, Louisville won that encounter 1-0 in a frustrating familiar night on the Mon and the match that night has set the two teams on very different tracks since.  Louisville is unbeaten in the last month, beating Charlotte and the Red Bulls while drawing 4-4 in a wild match in Charleston.

Meanwhile the Hounds have done the exact opposite, drawing twice on the road and losing another frustrating match at home to Orlando City. Pittsburgh is now set to travel to Louisville for a tough road match on Saturday against third place City, who is 6-1-4.

George Davis IV continues to…