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March to the Match: at Harrisburg City Islanders

WHO:

Harrisburg City Islanders, 2-7-4, 10 points, 15th place USL Eastern Conference

WHAT:

Another USL away match

WHEN:

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:

FNB Field, 245 Championship Way, Harrisburg, PA 17101 (the one on the City Island)

WATCH:

Louisville City is having their official watch party at Saints Pizza & Pub in St. Matthews, so we encourage you to go there. Of course, Against the Grain, Molly Malone’s, Great Flood, BoomBozz, and the Outback Steakhouse on Shelbyville Road in St. Mathews are also good places to watch the game if you can’t make it all the way down to Chenoweth Lane. If you can’t make it there, you probably can’t make it anywhere so watch the game on your couch on WBNA-21, listen on 840 WHAS, or watch it on the old YouTubery right hnyah.

WHO, AGAIN?

Harrisburg is the same as they ever were: a bad team that can still catch you if you aren’t paying attention. The City Islanders haven’t won a match since Tax Day. They’ve scored just nine goals in thirteen games. Four of those nine goals were scored in the first three weeks of the season. They’ve scored just twice in their last five matches. Their leading goalscorer, Aaron Wheeler, has two goals, and is also the team’s best defender. Manolo Sanchez can give a defense fits, but he’s only scored once this season.

As we know, it’s not so bad not scoring as long as the other team doesn’t score, either. But HCI has conceded seventeen times already this season. They’ve surrendered three penalties. They’re second in the entire league in fouls conceded. Brandon Miller, the brick wall that was a big part of Rochester’s 2015 run to the USL title, is in goal for the City Islanders and has 20 saves on 30 shots on target this season. That’s not great, and it probably says more about his defense than it does him.

Bill Becher is a good coach, but this is not a good team. LouCity should get a result, and probably a win, out of this trip.

SUPPORTER STATUS CHECK:

The Sons of the Susquehanna have never been a particularly vocal bunch. Helps that there were never more than nine of them at any one time. They last tweeted on… March 21.

STATUS: Not dead, but not really alive, either. So a virus, but not one anyone at the CDC is talking about.

COME ON, CITY!