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Hounds announce busy preseason slate

It will be a busy preseason for the Riverhounds.
On Tuesday, the club announced a pretty rigorous schedule spanning eight matches in total between early February and March 10 — two weeks prior to the start of the USL season.
The Hounds will travel outside the confines of Highmark Stadium only twice to face the University of Pittsburgh and Bethlehem Steel FC on March 2 and March 4, respectively.
While it’s a schedule filled with six collegiate opponents on the front end, the club will wrap-up its slate of friendlies against two USL foes in Steel FC, as well as Penn FC in its preseason finale on March 10.
Matches located at Highmark Stadium are free to attend for the public.
The club currently has 14 players signed to its roster, and on Friday, Hounds Head Coach Bob Lilley said that there will be a number of additional players invited on trial to preseason camp, which begins February 5.


A full listing of the matches can be found below.
Additional games may be added at a later date.
2018 Preseason Schedule
February 10 – Spring Arbor University – 3 p.m. – Highmark Stadium
February 11 – Cleveland State University – 2 p.m. – Highmark Stadium
February 18 – St. Bonaventure University – 2 p.m. – Highmark Stadium
February 23 – University of Charleston – 7:30 p.m. – Highmark Stadium
February 25 – University of Akron – 2 p.m. – Highmark Stadium
March 2 – at University of Pittsburgh – 7 p.m. – Ambrose Urbanic Field (Pittsburgh, PA)
March 4 – at Bethlehem Steel FC – 3 p.m. – Power Training Complex (Chester, PA)
March 10 – Penn FC – 3 p.m. – Highmark Stadium]
Here’s a look at the Hounds in 2017 preseason…


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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