The chances of Loudoun United coming out of Pittsburgh’s Highmark Stadium with three points had to be considered long; the hosts, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC have lost twice since the beginning of 2018. Loudoun seemed to be on their way to another decisive loss after an early goal but continued to play ball and threatened in what was ultimately a 1-0 loss in front of 4,078.
In the fifth minute, Nico Brett was able to chip a ball to Steevan Dos Santos, who had been abandoned by his marker Collin Verfurth. Dos Santos put a left footed shot past Earl Edwards Jr. on the right side for a 1-0 lead.
Compared to prior games, falling behind did not serve to deflate Loudoun, who continued to create chances for Elvis Amoh and Griffin Yow, who was substituted at halftime after taking a tackle to his ankle in the 35th minute. No update on his condition was available as of this writing.
Andrew Lubahn, who had been out to injury himself, contributed arguably the two most dangerous Loudoun chances in the second half, the first a right footed shot wide of net, the second an aerial he was able to win over the goalkeeper Kyle Morton, but did not have enough pace to get into the net, and was cleared by the Riverhounds backline, who went on to record their ninth clean sheet in 2019 after recording 17 in 2018.
Loudoun (5-12-5, 20 points, 14th in 18 team Eastern Conference) are now winless in five straight games, going back to July 28 with Louisville City. They host Birmingham Legion FC Wednesday at 7:30pm at Segra Field.