Pittsburgh - Hartford Athletic continued a difficult road stretch to start the 2019 season falling 3-1 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Athletic infused new blood into the squad with Goalkeeper Jon Kempin and Midfielder Luis Argudo entering the starting lineup on loan from Columbus Crew SC.
Pittsburgh got on the board first with a headed goal from Dos Santos in the 14'. Athletic battled back but headed into halftime down 1-0.
Entering the second half, Hartford pushed forward with confidence. In the 54', striker Jose Angulo unleashed a shot from distance for what was surely a goal of the year candidate tallying his first of the season.
Despite strong pressure, Riverhounds SC regained the lead as Kerr curled one past Kempin in the 74'. Pittsburgh's Brett converted from the spot on a controversial penalty call in the 81' as the Riverhounds sealed the match 3-1.
Hartford has a quick turnaround as they head back on the road to take on New York Red Bulls II on Wednesday.
Shots: 18-9 Pittsburgh
Shots on Target: 6-2 Pittsburgh
Corner Kicks: 2-1 Pittsburgh
Fouls Committed: 17-10 Hartford
Saves: 3-1 Hartford
Offside: 4-1 Pittsburgh
Possession: 52-48 Pittsburgh
Passing Accuracy: 78-77 Pittsburgh
Steevan Dos Santos 14' (Kevin Kerr)
Jose Angulo 54' (Jon Kempin)
Kevin Kerr 74' (Ryan James)
Neco Brett 81'
Kyle Curinga 44' (Yellow), Tyler David 50' (Yellow), Nikolaj Lyngo 64' (Yellow)
PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC STARTING LINEUP
Ben Lundgaard; Ryan James, Tobi Adewole, Joseph Greenspan, Jordan Dover; Anthony Velarde (Noah Franke 76'), Kevin Kerr (Mouhamed Dado 77'), Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Kenardo Forbes, Neco Brett (Robbie Mertz 84'); Steevan Dos Santos.
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP
Jon Kempin; Kyle Curinga (Wojciech Wojcik 84'), Sem de Wit, Nikolaj Lyngo, Raymond Lee; Giuseppe Gentile (Sebastian Dalgaard 73'), Alex Dixon (Jonny Brown 73'), Phil Rasmussen, Tyler David, Luis Argudo; Jose Angulo.