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ICC not coming to Pittsburgh this summer

It was no surprise, but earlier this week the International Champions Cup, announced their schedule, including dates and venues for tournament that will once again include some of the top European clubs.
Last year, Heinz Field hosted Manchester City (England) against AC Milan (Italy) – and in an ICC round-robin match that drew more than 35,000 people to Pittsburgh.

There will be no "in-game" selfies for Mario Balotelli or any other big name soccer stars in Pittsburgh this summer.

There will be no “in-game” selfies for Mario Balotelli or any other big name soccer stars in Pittsburgh this summer.

Although there won’t be an ICC game played in Pittsburgh this summer, there will be games played at venues within driving distances such as Fed Ex Field and Red Bull Arena.   You can find the complete schedule on the International Champions Cup web page.
We will be waiting to see what transpires in the coming weeks to see if the Riverhounds try to schedule a friendly with an European club that might be coming to the U.S. for preseason.   The Riverhounds played a friendly against Wigan F.C. in July 2013. 
Meghan Klingenberg Back Home This Week– Announces Camp Information  
Meghan Klingenberg played her HS soccer at Pine Richland, collegiately for North Carolina -- and now is a member of the US Women's National Team.

Meghan Klingenberg played her HS soccer at Pine Richland, collegiately for North Carolina — and now is a member of the US Women’s National Team.

Gibsonia native Meghan Klingenberg was in Pittsburgh making the rounds this week. She was at Highmark Stadium – meeting with the Riverhounds and shot this interview segment with them.   She also stopped by Piper’s Pub on Wednesday where she was a special guest on ESPN Radio 970 Soccer Talk with Gene Klein and Paul Child.
Klingenberg will be representing the United States women’s national team at this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The Pine-Richland High School graduate will return to Pittsburgh after the tournament to host her annual soccer camp at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sportsplex in Cranberry Township from July 17-19.
Members of the Riverhounds coaching staff will be on hand to share their expertise with participants along with some of Klingenberg’s teammates from the Houston Dash women’s franchise and U.S. national team.
“The Meghan Klingenberg Soccer Camp is a way for me to be involved in my community and give back through the game that I love,” Klingenberg said.
“I look forward to it every summer because I know it can make a difference for these young girls through our camp curriculum which revolves around life skills as well as soccer.”
Klingenberg’s camp is geared toward middle to high school aged girls that play at an advanced level. Professional players and coaches will lead training sessions on tactical awareness and technical skills. Certified sports psychologists and sports performance coaches will discuss other fundamentals required to become a high level player such as leadership, mental toughness, time management and good nutrition.
The Riverhounds also announced that Klingenberg will also be a special guest of the Riverhounds for the club’s USL Eastern Conference clash with Louisville City F.C. on Saturday, July 18. Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m. More details surrounding the event will be released at a later date.
Visit for further information relating to the Meghan Klingenberg Soccer Camp.
Fort Pitt Regiment Top Two Scorers Return for Second Season 
imageSome news from Fort Pitt Regiment, NPSL team, as they gear up for their second full season they announced that their two top scorers from last year, Lamine Balde and Mike Tuohy, will return.
The pair will be looked at to be an integral part of the FPR attack in 2015. Last year Balde contributed four goals to tie Neco Brett atop the goal scoring list and Tuohy handed out four assists to join Sean Riley at the top of the assist chart. They accounted for 7 of the team’s 23 goals and 8 of 21 total assists.
The Regiment will begin their 2015 campaign on Wednesday, May 13, by traveling to Charleston, WV, to take on the PDL Charleston Chaos in an early round match-up of the U.S. Open Cup.  The winner is scheduled to take on the Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium in the following round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Riverhounds Academy Tryouts Information
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will host open tryouts for the club’s Riverhounds Development Academy teams at Highmark Stadium between May 11 and June 8.
Thirteen new youth teams are being added for the 2015-2016 season to give the Riverhounds Development Academy a complete progression on the boys’ and girls’ sides from the Under 9/10 level through to U-18.
Tryouts will be held for players in ALL age groups. Registration is free.
Players not currently registered with the Riverhounds Academy are welcome to attend. Participants are also welcome to register for both sessions in their respective age groups where applicable.
All players representing Riverhounds Development Academy teams are permitted to play for their school teams if they choose.
Training for the 2015-2016 season will begin in June. Further information on the teams’ respective coaches, competition schedules and training schedules will be communicated during the tryouts.
The Riverhounds’ youth program was launched in 2007 to provide young soccer players with a thorough understanding of the game and the skills necessary to perform on the field. Teams are currently fielded in the Under-15 to U-17 age groups for girls and at U-14 and U-17 levels for boys.
Click HERE to register for the open tryouts.

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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