Riverhounds Pre-Match Notes: Kenardo Forbes on the verge of USL Championship record for minutes played

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As seems usual every week, Riverhounds SC veteran midfielder Kenardo Forbes is on the cusp of another milestone in Saturday’s match against Phoenix Rising SC (10:30 p.m. ET / SportsNet Pittsburgh / ESPN+ ).

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This time it is another competition record.

With 70 minutes remaining, Forbes, currently the league’s all-time assistant leader (54) and the Hounds’ leader in games played (197), will reach the USL Championship record for regular season minutes, matching the 21,237 of former Hounds teammate Hugh Roberts.

With Roberts currently playing for Charlotte in USL League One, Forbes will soon take the No. 1 spot, but Indy Eleven midfielder Aodhan Quinn – the only other active player with 20,000 championship minutes – himself is just 331 minutes behind the record, setting the in pursuit.

Forbes has started each of the Hounds’ first five games this season, with 378 minutes played. On April 6, against Tampa Bay, he became the Hounds’ all-time scoring leader, surpassing former St. Lucian international David Flavius, who played for the Hounds from 1999 to 2006. He is also 70 minutes away from becoming the all-time USL Championship champion. time leader in minutes played.

Match notes Riverhounds vs Phoenix Rising SC

  • Tonight’s game marks only the Hounds’ second-ever trip to Arizona. Their last trip to the 48th state came in 2014, when Phoenix – then known as Arizona United SC – handed the Hounds a 3-1 loss at the Peoria Sports Complex.
  • The Hounds won the most recent meeting between the teams 1-0, on June 3, 2023 at Highmark Stadium.

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  • The Hounds and goalkeeper Eric Dick have recorded back-to-back clean sheets in their first two games of April. Dick made two saves for his first shutout against Tampa Bay, and last week he made three more stops to blank Rhode Island.
  • The past two games for the Hounds have been consecutive 0-0 draws, a rarity under coach Bob Lilley. It’s only the third time this has happened in the coach’s seven-year tenure; the other two games were at home against Louisville and Sacramento in 2023, and in his first two games in charge of the Hounds, at Nashville and at home against Penn FC (Harrisburg) in 2018.
  • The Hounds have never recorded three consecutive 0-0 games in team history, spanning exactly 700 games played.
  • Robbie Mertz played his 10,000th minute in the USL Championship on April 6 against Tampa Bay. He logged in
    10,004 minutes in his career, spread over two stints in Pittsburgh and a season and a half with Atlanta United 2.
  • Danny Griffin was named the Hounds’ new captain for the 2024 season. The fifth-year pro has not missed a competitive game – regular season or postseason – in his career between Pittsburgh and a brief stint with Huntsville in MLS Next Pro. Griffin is approaching 10,000 minutes played in the USL Championship in just his fifth season with the Hounds. He has played 9,889 minutes for the team, putting his time on Championship pitches behind only Kenardo Forbes and Robbie Mertz among current Hounds players.
  • The Hounds are celebrating their 25th anniversary season, making them the third-oldest professional club in USL, behind only the Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers, both founded in 1993.
  • The Riverhounds won the USL Championship Players’ Shield in 2023 with a 19-5-10 record in the league, and head coach Bob Lilley was named Coach of the Year for the second time in the USL Championship and for the sixth time as a professional head coach. .
  • In 208 games played under Lilley in all competitions, the Hounds are 106-45-57 and have allowed just 193 goals, an average of 0.93 goals per game


Match details

Riverhounds (0-3-2) at Phoenix Rising FC (2-3-1)
Date: Saturday April 20
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: Phoenix Rising Soccer Stadium, Phoenix, Ariz.
Odds: Hounds +300 / Draw +240 / Phoenix -115
TV: SportsNet Pittsburgh
Streaming: ESPN+
Live stats: USL Championship Match Center
Live updates: @RiverhoundsSC on Twitter
Match hashtags: #PHXvPIT and #HOUNDTAHN

John Krysinsky has covered football and other sports for several publications and media outlets for many years. He is also the author of ‘Miracle on the Mon’ – a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium, with the story leading up to and centering around a remarkable match that created a spark. for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports and Pittsburgh Sports Report, served as a color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches in the US . . Krysinsky also served as head men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-2008), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).