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After harsh season, Hounds look to turn page

Only a few days removed from the conclusion of the Riverhounds’ 2017 campaign that provided a few bright moments in season with more harsh lessons of reality of the grind of a long, pro soccer season, head coach Dave Brandt was making every effort to sort through a large pile of papers that covered his desk.

“There’s lists of agents. There’s players reports. There’s a list of all the prospects we’re looking at, that we’re scouting,” Brandt said as he was sorting through it all. “There’s a lot here, and a lot to do.”

Only an hour before, Brandt had just wrapped up steady, two-day rounds of post-season exit interviews with most of his players. Some he will see again, some others who will have played their last games in Pittsburgh.

“There are guys that we’ll bring back. There’s guys that won’t be back,” Brandt said. “There are things that we’re going to do tactically that are going to need to be applied. But, at this point, we’re not even quite there yet.”

Brandt and the players he will be bringing back, will have to wrap their heads around what went wrong in the final stretch of the season.
For more of my in-depth examination of the Hounds, my one-on-one session with Head Coach Dave Brandt, along with my ‘Keys to 2018’ and more, be sure to read this feature and more of my coverage of the club on 

Photo credit – Long Hong – DKPS 


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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