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Packed @Pghfooty Podcast Tackles College Recruiting, Crew Academy Presence in Western PA

What a great way to start our third year of Pittsburgh Soccer Report.
On Thursday, I sat down with my colleague Mike Sparks from the Beautiful Game Network for a special Winter edition of the Pittsburgh Scholastic Soccer Show.

The show includes numerous interviews following National Letter of Intent Day signings (Feb. 1) and attending a recent Century United College Soccer Showcase event at Cool Springs on Sunday.   Scholastic_Soccer_3000.png


While the focus of the show centered around College recruiting, as I spent a lot of time in the past few weeks tracking recruiting news, I also found myself having more conversations with coaches about the future of youth player development as it stands in the Pittsburgh region, and began to learn more about the presence of the Columbus Crew Academy in our area.
After speaking with both Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy Director of Youth Development Jason Kutney, and other coaches from local clubs when gathering recruiting news and finding out about College Showcase events in February, I found myself with an opportunity to catch-up with Crew Academy Director Dennis Sanchez in person when he was in town for the Century United Boys Soccer Showcase last week.
The podcast is highlighted by my conversations with the following:

  • two local female players that chose to stay home and play for local schools:
    • Alexis Bengel – Pitt (7:10)
    • Tori Kopchak – Duquesne  (15:30)
  • Duquesne Men’s Head Coach Chase Brooks (22:34)
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy Director of Youth Development – Jason Kutney (32:10)
  • Columbus Crew Academy General Manager – Dennis Sanchez (45:25)  


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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