The Islanders have had a disappointing 2017, currently 7-14-6, they sit eight points out of the final playoff spot in the east. They boast a negative 19-goal differential and have scored just 22 times.
Win at Saint Louis FC (2-1)
Loss vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (3-2)
Loss at Louisville City (5-0)
Loss vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (3-0)
Loss vs. Rochester Rhinos (1-0)
Last time we met:
Harrisburg came out on top of a 4-3 shootout on Canada Day at the Ontario Soccer Centre. All time the Reds are 1-4-1 against the Islanders. The lone victory for the Reds came in July of 2016 when they defeated the Islanders 4-2 in Harrisburg. Raheem Edwards opened the scoring before Ayo Akinola scored a brace and Aidan Daniels added the fourth.
Key Player: Rasheed Olabiyi
The former Houston Dynamo midfielder is in his first season with Harrisburg. The native of Nigeria spent seven years playing in his native country before coming stateside in 2015. Olabiyi made seven appearances for the Dynamo in 2015. The midfielder has made 25 appearances for the Islanders recording one goal and one assist. Olabiyi leads the Islanders is passes completed with 1,112 and has been created with 21 chances created.
Unsung Hero: Lee Nishanian
Nishanian is in his first season with the Islanders after spending the previous three seasons with LA Galaxy II. The defender leads the team with 84 clearances, nine blocks, and has made 46 interceptions. He has also made 717 passes at a 73.2% success rate. The former Thunder Bay Chill defender is a key in the Harrisburg backline.
There are currently no Canadians on the Islanders roster.
The Islanders have rolled out in 4-3-3 under Bill Becher. The Islanders do play FC Cincinnati midweek so there could be some squad rotation come Saturday night.
As always, you can catch all of the action right here on TFC2.ca. Kickoff in Harrisburg is set for 7:00 PM.