The weirdness of the 2020 year and competitive soccer continues tonight as Loudoun United go to Connecticut to take on Hartford Athletic. The USL Championship competition rules made it clear that unbalanced home and away schedules could be unbalanced, nevertheless, with each team in Group F playing the other four times, this is Loudoun’s fourth trip to Hartford in 2020 (Who said second division soccer wasn’t fun?). Loudoun’s season could be summarized by these games with Hartford, as they have improved their performance with each turn, but they remain 0-2-1 in the first three games, and having Hartford burn a game in hand to Pittsburgh in Group F by losing tonight would sure be nice!
Key player: Elvis Amoh
Amoh has had a knack for scoring in Hartford, with goals in the three previous games, 2 PKs and a Goal of the Week nominee a couple of weeks ago. I would imagine he plays in central midfield again, and if they can use most of their speed that they had in the last game between these to, Amoh’s finding his teammates is going to have to be a big part of it.
Location: Dillon Stadium (Hartford, CT)
Kickoff time: 7:00pm Eastern
Projected Loudoun starting 11: So the good news is Loudoun’s last time in Hartford was a good effort that ultimately left them with a road draw, but the bad news is Hartford has tape on it and can game accordingly. Massimo Ferrin remains out, and it would seem that Peabo Doue and Kairou Amoustapha are doubtful, so a couple of attack options are limited. Alexxon Saravia is probable, though it will be interesting to see if Issa Mudashiru (who got his first pro minutes in Tuesday’s loss) gets another look at right back across from Jacob Greene or if Saravia flat out starts.
Starters: Colin Miller; Mudsashiru, Shane Wiedt, Timmy Mehl, Joshua Greene; Jeremy Garay, Amoh; Tyler Gabarra, Michael Gamble, Joshua Fawole; Alioune Ndour
Bench: Simon Lefebvre, Saravia, Adam Lundegard, Nelson Martinez, Ted Ku-DiPietro, Christian Sorto, Erumuse Momoh
Key Hartford player: Danny Barrera
I thought Barrera was the guy to watch in the last couple of games with Loudoun (he is third in the USL in assists, including one the last time they played), and don’t really have anything to change my mind this time. Ever Guzman returned from absence recently and the Mexico forward has scored twice against Loudoun as well, so if he’s 100% should also be a consideration as is Markus Naglestad, who scored once and assisted on another last time. Idan Cohen is a 24-year-old right back from Israel who has been a regular starter with Hapoel Tel Aviv and he could be in contention to appear as well.
Referee: As of Saturday morning, not announced.
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What are you drinking?: Well I picked up a sampler pack from Wild Hare Ciders, so I’ll see how this place is as I diversify this alcohol consumption portfolio.
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