It's been a rough season for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and it only got worse on Wednesday.
Columbus Crew SC sent three players to accompany Marshall Hollingsworth in the starting lineup for their USL affiliate, but Pittsburgh still managed to get blown out against the worst team in the USL, FC Montreal. 4-1 was the final score.
In addition to Hollingsworth, Chad Barson, Christian Martinez, and Rodrigo Saravia started for the Hounds:
Two of their best players, Kevin Kerr and Lebo Moloto, were out of the game due to visa issues and yellow card accumulation. Martinez took Moloto's place on the wing, while Saravia replaced Kerr in midfield. Barson and Hollingsworth originally started in central defense, but quickly switched to full back as the deficit got larger for the visitors.
The night got off to a bad start for Pittsburgh, with Alessandro Riggi scoring just 30 seconds into the game. Jean Yves Tabla slotted one past Mauricio Vargas in the 11th-minute to make it 2-0 and put the Riverhounds into a hole they wouldn't get out of. Anthony Jackson-Hamel made it three in the 26th-minute, although a Montreal mistake allowed Corey Hertzog to bring one back for Pittsburgh late in the first half.
Nevelo Yoseke clinched it for Montreal in the 75th-minute.
As bad a night it was for the Riverhounds, it actually was okay for Crew SC's loanees. Hollingsworth was the only player with any intention of getting forward — he sent in multiple crosses while overlapping — Martinez was extremely active around the opposing backline, with incisive runs and impressive through-balls, and Saravia impressed in his time as a defensive midfielder before they went all-out attack.
It wasn't as good for Barson, however. He was shaky all night in defense, and ended up getting a red card in the 78th-minute for a clear, studs-up tacke.