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No Go For @pghriverhounds-@DuqMSoccer; Fan Fest Still On For Sunday

dukesWith a scrimmage this week coming up against Pitt, Duquesne Dukes Men’s soccer coach Chase Brooks decided one match this coming weekend was enough.

“After speaking with Chase, we thought it the best course of action to cancel Sunday’s match,” said head coach Dave Brandt, through a team release sent on Wednesday.
“They’ll have a match this Friday and with already a thin spring roster, the timing wasn’t working for them.
And for us, I think we’re comfortable in switching around our schedule to make sure we are best prepared for the season opener next Saturday.”

The Riverhounds, who took a 5-1 loss in its last preseason friendly on Monday at Rochester Rhinos, have big plans for Sunday at Highmark Stadium — and that won’t change.
As of now, though, it appears that the Hounds have played its last public scrimmage of the preseason.  The Hounds open the season on Saturday, March 25 at home against USL defending champions, New York Red Bulls II.
The team’s schedule Fan Fest will still go on.   In fact, the Hounds are now opening the gates for free for all customers — and will host a Watch Party for the Manchester United-Liverpool match in the Pub.
Following the conclusion of the match, attendees will be invited upstairs to the Club Level to partake in the originally scheduled events of Fan Fest, including the 2017 kit reveal and a player meet and greet.


In 2016, the Hounds revealed new kits after preseason game.

Festivities for the day are expected to wrap up around 4 p.m. A full schedule of events can be found below. Please note times are subject to change.

2:45 p.m. – Head coach Dave Brandt addresses attendees
3 p.m. – 2017 kits revealed
3:15 p.m. – Q&A with Brandt, Riverhounds players and front office
3:30 p.m. – Meet and greet with Riverhounds players and staff


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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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