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Hounds Notebook: Rookie Keeper Vargas Earns Honors on USL Team of the Week


Mauricio Vargas

Thanks to an outstanding pro debut, Pittsburgh Riverhounds rookie goalkeeper Mauricio Vargas, has earned a spot on USL Team of the Week after a performance that included eight saves in the Hounds 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati
Vargas made several spectacular ones at Nippert Stadium before a USL regular season record crowd of 23,375.

The 6-foot-4 inch Costa Rican goalkeeper, Vargas, played collegiately for NAIA Friends University in Wichita and last summer for FC Wichita of NPSL — and played for his National team’s U-17 and U-20 at the respective World Cup competitions.
Vargas is the second Riverhounds player to be honored on the Team of the Week this season (Romeo Parkes was the other).
In addition to Vargas earning spots on the team of the week, FC Cincinnati’s Jimmy McLaughlin, who scored the game’s deciding goal, also earned a spot.
Another notable player earning a spot was former Riverhound Tyler Pasher, who scored both goals, including a late winner, as his new team, Swope Park Rangers took a 2-1 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
U.S. Open Match Wednesday — No Live Feed
On Wednesday, the Riverhounds welcome amateur side from Yonkers, NY, Lansdowne Bhoys FC to Highmark Stadium for their first match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
There will be no live video feed provided by the Riverhounds or U.S. Soccer for this match.
Pittsburgh Soccer Report will have a special edition of BREAKING DOWN THE HOUNDS in advance of this game – which is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. 

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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