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Pittsburgh Teams Set For US Open Cup Action

Since today the U.S. Open Cup released pairings, here’s what we found out about our local teams in a snapshot.
Fort Pitt Regiment will take on WV Chaos (PDL) on Wednesday, May 13, in Charleston, WV in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
This will likely be the first official match for both teams this season as their schedules won’t begin until after May 13.  In fact, both squads are still finalizing rosters and holding tryouts.

Dom Delouse's Cap't Chaos would be a great mascot for the PDL squad.

Dom Delouse’s Cap’t Chaos would be a great mascot for the PDL squad.

This will be the first-ever appearance for the Fort Pitt Regiment in the U.S. Open Cup.  Last year was their first full season in the NPSL.   It also marks the debut of the Chaos in the Open Cup as well, even though they’ve been in existence since 2003.  They qualified thanks for a 1st place finish in USL PDL South Atlantic Division in 2014.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will await the winner — and since neither team bid to host a third round game, as the Hounds will be the host on May 20 at Highmark Stadium of the Third Round match up.
Obviously, from a Pittsburgh soccer point of view, it would be historical match-up between the Regiment and Riverhounds.  But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.
Some of the most entertaining soccer games ever played at Highmark Stadium have included the two U.S. Open matches the Hounds had vs RWB Adria in 2013 and 2014.
Here’s look at the Riverhounds U.S. Open Cup history with notes of their few (and far between) matches with MLS teams.   Essentially, in every other year, they were eliminated by a fellow USL, A-League, PDL or other side.  Last year was the first year since 2003, that the Hounds advanced far enough to take on a top division foe — in the Chicago Fire…
2000                     2nd Round
2001                     *Quarterfinals – Lost to Chicago Fire 3-2
(*last USL/A-League team remaining -also beat MLS Colorado Rapids in 2nd Round)
2003                     3rd Round – Lost to DC United 2-1
2005                     1st Round
2006                     1st Round
2008                     2nd Round
2009                     1st Round
2010                     2nd Round
2011                     2nd Round
2012                     2nd Round
2013                     2nd Round
2014                     4th Round- Wins over NY Red Bull U23s & RWB Adria, Lost to Chicago Fire, 2-0

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. 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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