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USL, Riverhounds Schedule Released

USL, Riverhounds Schedule Released


Pittsburgh soccer fans, you can start marking your calendars.
The USL has released its schedule.   Click here for the complete, 30-game Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2016 league schedule.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will be part of 2016 league alignment that include 29 teams, with two conferences.  The Eastern Conference will include 14 teams.  Each team will play home-and-home games against each opponent in their Conference, then play other regional rivals a third time.  The top eight teams in each conference will earn playoff berths.
At first glance, there will be numerous highlights on the schedule that looks strikingly similar to 2015 start that had the Hounds at home in three of the first four matches, including the home opener versus defending USL Champs, Rochester Rhinos, on Saturday, April 2.
Other highlights include:

  • The return of the Keystone Derby series, that will renew on April 9, between the Riverhounds and Harrisburg City Islanders in the second game of the season.  The Hounds will host the City Islanders in two of the three meetings, with the return match between the Hounds and City Islanders at Highmark Stadium will be on the now Annual Fourth of July game which will be on a Monday this year.
  • There will be three matches against a new additional in-state rival, Bethlehem Steel FC, an expansion franchise operated by MLS’ Philadephia Union.  The Hounds will visit Goodman Stadium at Lehigh Valley twice, as the first game between the two sides will not be until Sunday, July 10.
  • The other regional rivals that Pittsburgh will play more than twice will be Rochester and the new Cincinnati FC franchise.
  • The Hounds will get a chance to avenge their playoff loss to the NY Red Bulls II as the teams will have a rematch at Highmark Stadium on May 7.   In one little unique scheduling note (and it might be an error from USL) the Hounds return match vs NY Red Bull II in at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.  Apparently, the Red Bulls MLS team is playing at 7 p.m. vs Toronto FC that night too.

Once again, the USL schedule will be very friendly on travel and days between rest.  It appears that the Hounds will play seven of their 30 games on weekdays, and many of them will be include at least three, four or more days rest between games.
It appears that most every home game on the Riverhounds schedule will start at 7 p.m. (no daytime games) and all but 4th of July game (Monday) and the third (Wilmington) and second to last games of the season will be played at home in August and September on Wednesday nights.
The season finale will be at home against FC Cincinnati on Saturday, September 24.

Sat,
Apr 02
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Rochester Rhinos Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Apr 09
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Harrisburg City Islanders Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sun,
Apr 17
Toronto FC II Pittsburgh Riverhounds Ontario Soccer Centre TBA
Sat,
Apr 23
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Orlando City B Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Wed,
Apr 27
Louisville City FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds  Louisville Slugger Field 7:30 p.m.
Sat,
Apr 30
Charleston Battery Pittsburgh Riverhounds MUSC Health Stadium 7:30 p.m.
Sat,
May 07
Pittsburgh Riverhounds New York Red Bulls II Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
May 14
FC Cincinnati Pittsburgh Riverhounds Nippert Stadium TBA
Sat,
May 21
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Toronto FC II Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
May 28
New York Red Bulls II Pittsburgh Riverhounds Red Bull Arena 10:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jun 04
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Charleston Battery Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jun 11
Richmond Kickers Pittsburgh Riverhounds City Stadium TBA
Sat,
Jun 18
Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC Montreal Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jun 25
Rochester Rhinos Pittsburgh Riverhounds Sahlen’s Stadium TBA
Mon,
Jul 04
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Harrisburg City Islanders Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sun,
Jul 10
Bethlehem Steel FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds Goodman Stadium TBA
Thu,
Jul 14
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Richmond Kickers Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jul 23
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Charlotte Independence Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Jul 30
Wilmington Hammerheads FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds Legion Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Fri,
Aug 05
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Louisville City FC Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Wed,
Aug 10
FC Montreal Pittsburgh Riverhounds Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Aug 13
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Bethlehem Steel FC Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Aug 20
Rochester Rhinos Pittsburgh Riverhounds Sahlen’s Stadium TBA
Wed,
Aug 24
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Wilmington Hammerheads FC Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,
Aug 27
Harrisburg City Islanders Pittsburgh Riverhounds Metro Bank Park TBA
Sat,
Sep 03
Orlando City B Pittsburgh Riverhounds Titan Soccer Complex 7:30 p.m.
Sat,
Sep 10
Charlotte Independence Pittsburgh Riverhounds Ramblewood Soccer Complex 7:00 p.m.
Wed,
Sep 14
Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC Cincinnati Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sun,
Sep 18
Bethlehem Steel FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds Goodman Stadium TBA
Sat,
Sep 24
Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC Cincinnati Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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