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Dogged Fight with Riverhounds Ends in Draw

By James Thomas, 05/25/19, 10:45PM EDT

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Rain-lengthened away fixture earns Independence a point

Pittsburgh (PA) — The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team battled the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to a scoreless draw on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium. A game which lengthened by an hour-long weather delay, saw the first Independence clean sheet of the 2019 season.

The complexion of the match changed in the 36th minute when Riverhounds defender Joseph Greenspan was shown a second yellow, resulting in the home side playing with 10 players for the remainder of the match. However, the Independence was not able to take capitalize on the man-advantage being out-shot 6-to-15. 

18-year-old Independence goalkeeper Curtis Anderson recorded three saves en route to the club's first clean sheet since August of 2018 when the Independence played the Riverhounds.  

The Independence will continue into the third of a four-game away stretch next Sunday at Ottawa Fury FC. The official watch party will be hosted at Jack's House Soccer Bar and Event Space. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 PM ET. The Independence will return home on Saturday, June 15th versus Birmingham Legion FC. Tickets are now on sale. 

SCORING SUMMARY

None 
 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

PIT – Joseph Greenspan (yellow) 28’
PIT – Joseph Greenspan (second yellow, red) 36'
CLT – Joel Johnson (yellow) 47'
CLT – Niki Jackson (yellow) 90'
 

CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE STARTING LINEUP

Curtis Anderson; Andrew Gutman, Hugh Roberts, Aaron Maund, Steven Thicot, Joel Johnson; Afrim Taku, Michaël Maria, Enzo Martinez, Dominic Oduro (Niki Jackson – 45'), Zyen Jones (Jorge Herrera – 73’)

Pittsburgh riverhounds SC STARTING LINEUP

Austin Pack, Ryan James, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover (Uchenna Uzo – 90'), Joseph Greenspan, Robbie Mertz, Neco Brett (Anthony Velarde – 76'), Kenardo Forbes, Kevin Kerr (Steevan Dos Santos – 76'), Christian Volesky

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