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Big Pittsburgh Soccer Weekend On Tap: USWNT Victory Tour/Hounds Play "Season Defining Game"

Meghan Klingenberg and her USWNT World Cup winning teammates will all be on hand for this Sunday's friendly at Heinz Field.

Meghan Klingenberg and her USWNT World Cup winning teammates will all be on hand for this Sunday’s friendly at Heinz Field.

With the United States Women’s Soccer team in Pittsburgh this weekend to kickoff their “Victory Tour” and on the heels of Pittsburgh Riverhounds President Richard Nightingale proclaiming Saturday’s home match vs Charlotte “the season’s defining game” – here’s your guide to a busy soccer weekend in the ‘Burgh.
Friday, August 14:
The World Cup trophy will be on display:

  • in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
  • at Carnegie Museum of Art from 3-5 p.m. ET.

At Noon in Market Square there will be a special presentation as the City of Pittsburgh honoring the U.S. Women’s team.  It is expected that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto will be on hand as well as members of the team.

  • Sunday – Fans will also be able to see the trophy at FanHQ on game day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heinz Field

Saturday, August 15 

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Hounds take on Charlotte in an important USL match on Saturday evening.  Photo courtesy

11 a.m.  Heinz Field – USWNT Training Session
There will be an free-to-the-public, open training session, as the U.S. Women will have their first practice together since winning the World Cup.  The session is expected to take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
7 p.m.   Highmark Stadium Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs Charlotte (USL League Match)
Riverhounds President Richard Nightingale proclaims this game to be “The season’s defining game” — as the Hounds (9-8-4) look to keep their lead in the playoff race of the USL’s Eastern Conference.   We will be previewing this match on Pittsburgh Soccer Report later on Friday evening.  The Riverhounds are expecting a packed house on the South Side.
Sunday, August 16 
1:30 p.m.  USWNT vs Costa Rica (International Friendly)
We are expecting to see over 44,000 fans break an attendance record for a women’s friendly match held in the United States as all 23 members of the World Cup winning U.S. Women’s team will be on hand including Pittsburgh’s own, Meghan Klingenberg.
A few notes from U.S. Soccer:  
Fans are encouraged to come take their photo with the iconic trophy, which is normally located at the United States Soccer Federation’s headquarters in Chicago.
The U.S. Women’s National Team won their third Women’s World Cup trophy earlier this summer, defeating Japan 5-2 on July 5 in front of more than 53,000 fans at BC Place in Vancouver. The match was watched by a domestic TV audience of more than 25 million, making it the most watched soccer game in U.S. history.
The Women’s World Cup Trophy will be on display throughout the U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour. Dates and times for further display will be released prior to the matches in the specific markets.
Megan Klingenberg with the World Cup trophy...

Megan Klingenberg with the World Cup trophy…

Women’s World Cup Trophy Display Schedule
Date        Time (local)        Location
Aug. 14    10 a.m.-1 p.m.     Marketplace Square – 23 Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Aug. 14    3 p.m-5 p.m.        Carnegie Museum of Art – 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Aug. 16    10a.m.-2p.m.       Heinz Stadium- FanH
You can follow this weekend’s soccer action in Pittsburgh — by following Pittsburgh Soccer Report’s John Krysinsky on Twitter @johnkrysinsky or check out Pittsburgh Soccer Report’s Facebook page.   

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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