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This Week in #PghSoccer: @FtPittRegiment, @SteelCityFC Open Home Schedules + #KeystoneDerby Pt 2

Here’s a new feature here on Pittsburgh Soccer Report, I will take a snapshot look at some of the key games and events coming up each week.    Most likely, this will be posted every Sunday or Monday.
On Wednesday, all three local teams of note will be in action, and then it’s going to be a very, very quiet Memorial Day weekend for local soccer.
Steel City FC women’s team opened up its 2017 campaign on the road last weekend, shutting out the Michigan Lions on Saturday, 2-0, then knocking off FC Indiana, 5-4 in a high-scoring, back-and-forth battle to get off to a rousing 2-0 start to its 2017 campaign.
The ladies will return to Pittsburgh to look to go to 3-0 with a home tilt against the Cleveland Ambassadors at Shady Side Academy on Wednesday evening.
This week includes the opening of the season for NPSL’s Fort Pitt Regiment, who return to action after a one-year hiatus on Wednesday.
Last month, I spoke with team coach John Kowalski as part of this write-up on the squad mostly made up of current and recent college players.  Former Riverhounds players Brendan Alfery, Nick Kolarac and Anthony Virgara are among the players on the Ft. Pitt Roster.
CoreyThe Riverhounds (4-4-2, 14 points, 4th place in USL’s Eastern Conference) will try to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Louisville City, as they travel to Harrisburg for the second of three matches this year against in-state Keystone Derby rivals City Islanders.
The Hounds beat Harrisburg 1-0 on April 29, so with a win on Wednesday, the Hounds can take the Keystone Derby Cup away from the City Islanders.  I’ll have more on this game posted late Tuesday/early Wednesday.
Also, for good measure, the Tartan Devils Oak Avalon, amateurs that made a run to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, will be playing in Keystone Cup match against another local team, Seleccion Latina at Cupples Stadium on Wednesday,
So, yes, it’s a busy Wednesday in Pittsburgh soccer.


Wednesday, May 24
Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Harrisburg City Islanders, 6:30 p.m. (FNB Field, Harrisburg)
Fort Pitt Regiment vs Rochester River Dogz FC, 7 p.m. Stephen Bilko Memorial Stadium (Montour H.S.)
Steel City FC vs Cleveland Ambassadors, 7 p.m., Shady Side Academy (Fox Chapel)
Tartan Devils FC vs
Be sure to check back here on Pittsburgh Soccer Report for results from all three teams.
As mentioned, Memorial Day weekend and early next week will be a down period in action for all three sides.  Each won’t return to action until late next week and the following week. (Hounds – June 3rd, Regiment – June 4th and Steel City – June 10th)

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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