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BREAKING DOWN THE HOUNDS: Seeking boost with #KeystoneDerby finale win

Riverhounds (5-8-9, 24 points) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (6-11-6, 24 points)
7:01 p.m.
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The Hounds arrived a day ahead of time, and did some light training in a familiar spot — the Skyline Soccer Complex next to FNB Field.
For detailed look at this game, as both teams look to not only end their respective winless streaks — but also battle to claim the Cup — here’s my feature in Friday’s DK Pittsburgh Sports – Frustrated Hounds seek season boosting win in Derby finale.
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“It would be awesome to bring back the Cup back to Pittsburgh again,” Kevin Kerr, team captain, said. “It would also give us a much needed boost coming down the stretch.

On Friday, the Hounds arrived in Harrisburg and did some light training on the field where the City Islanders once played its home games on City Island in Harrisburg, located next to their current home field at FNB Field.
The last game ever played on that field, the Hounds captured the first ever edition of the Keystone Derby Cup and earned a spot in the USL playoffs in 2015 in the last game of the season.

For the fourth consecutive year, I’ve made the trek to Harrisburg to cover the season finale between these two rivals to provide coverage.
You can follow my updates today right up to kickoff on twitter @pghsoccerscribe, and post-game as well and in-game live file on

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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