For the second time this season, Hartford lost to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, this time by a score of 5-0.
After a fairly quiet first ten minutes, the Hounds struck first. Ryan James, who scored twice in the last meeting between the two teams, chested down a ball in the box and ripped it past goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda to open the scoring for Pittsburgh. Roughly fifteen minutes later, Pittsburgh struck again. A miscommunication between Mandanda and defender Kevin Politz led to a loose ball just outside the 6 and an easy goal for Ropapah Mensah. An Anthony Velarde PK gave the Hounds their third goal of the first half and a 3-0 lead after 45 minutes.
Pittsburgh continued their dominance in the second half. James found the net again just 2 minutes into the second half and that would be more than enough for the Hounds.
No rest for the weary as Hartford Athletic is back at Dillon Stadium on Wednesday night against New York Red Bulls II at 7 PM. Tickets are available here. You can watch the game on WCTX-MyTV9 or stream on hartfordathletic.com/watch.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 1 (0) - 10 (5) Pittsburgh
Corners: Hartford Athletic 1-7 Pittsburgh
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 10-11 Pittsburgh
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 1-1 Pittsburgh
Possession: Hartford Athletic 40.8%-59.2% Pittsburgh
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 76.7%-84.6% Pittsburgh
Saves: Hartford Athletic 0-0 Pittsburgh
13' - Ryan James 1-0
27' - Ropapah Mensah 2-0
42' - Anthony Velarde 3-0
47' - Ryan James 4-0
61' - Ropapah Mensah (Robbie Mertz) 5-0
39' - Sam Strong (Yellow)
80' - Gabriel Torres (Yellow)
82' - Markus Naglestad (Yellow)
83' - Justin Haak (Yellow)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
35 (GK) Parfait Mandanda; 24 (D) Sam Strong (Nicky Downs, 45'), 4 (D) Kevin Politz (Alex Dixon 45'), 3 (D) Matheus Silva; 2 (MF) Alex Lara, 80 (MF) Justin Haak, 6 (MF) Arthur Rogers, 16 (MF) Gabriel Torres, 10 (MF) Danny Barrera (Aiden Messias 63'), 88 (MF) Tyreke Johnson (Idan Cohen 63'); 99 (F) Ever Guzmán (Markus Naglestad 75')
PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC STARTING LINEUP:
1 (GK) Danny Vitiello; 34 (D) Skylar Thomas (Mark Lindstrom 64'), 17 (D) Thomas Vancaeyezeele, 21 (D) Patrick Bunk-Anderson, 5 (D) Jordan Dover, 7 (D) Ryan James (Lukas Fernandez, 86'), 23 (D) Ray Lee; 14 (MF) Robbie Mertz (Daniel Rovira 78'), 12 (MF) Danny Griffin; 15 (F) Anthony Velarde (Albert Dikwa 64'), 3 (F) Ropapah Mensah (Mark Forrest 86')