Pittsburgh – In the first ever Major League Soccer game at Highmark Stadium, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Toronto FC Reserves end in a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,104 for ‘White-Out’ night. Strikers Jose Angulo and Jhonny Arteaga connected for the Riverhounds lone goal in the 9th minute of play. Toronto’s Andrew Weideman took advantage of a Riverhounds failed clearance to bring the score level in the 72nd minute.
The Riverhounds would jump ahead of Toronto early on a quality combination between Angulo and Arteaga. Freeing the ball to Arteaga on the right corner of Toronto’s penalty area, Angulo checked off his near post run to lose his marker. Picking his head up to see Angulo slashing to the goal mouth, Arteaga served a perfect ball to the head of Angulo. Rising above the service, Angulo headed the ball down past Quillen Roberts for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
For the second straight game, Riverhounds centerback Andrew Marshall would find Angulo on the left flank behind his defender at the half-hour mark. Taking a touch towards goal, Angulo struck a hard left-footed shot on target, but Roberts redirected the ball out of danger with both fists.
Toronto replied five minutes later when Kyle Bekker would spring Emery Welshman behind the Riverhounds defense. Bekker’s pass encouraged Riverhounds net-minder Hunter Gilstrap off of his line to meet Welshman at the edge of the penalty area. Welshman tried to flick the ball over the on-rushing Gilstrap, but the savvy veteran would swat the ball out of the air to thwart the opportunity.
Just minutes after the intermission, the Riverhounds nearly added to their lead on a penetrating pass from Mike Green for Angulo. Drawing his defender tight to the halfway line, Angulo stepped over the pass for Mike Seth running past the Toronto defenders. Racing all alone with only Toronto’s newly inserted goalkeeper Karl Gouabe, Seth hit a right-footed shot that trickled just wide of the right upright.
Toronto would even the score when the Riverhounds could not clear their lines. Under heavy pressure from Toronto in the right corner, Green attempted to pass the ball back for Seth C’deBaca. Jumping the passing lane, Wiedeman would take a touch to prepare his body for a shot. Sliding to close down the shot from Weideman, Marshall would redirect the ball over Gilstrap and into the top left corner of the goal.
Both sides would push to find the game-winning goal in the final fifteen minutes, but neither side would concede, despite an on slot of opportunities in both penalty areas.