Kickin’ it around the ‘Burgh
June 4, 2018
This week’s headlines:
- FORT PITT OFF TO A GREAT START
- RACHAEL McKRIGER BRINGS STEEL CITY COVERAGE
- RDA EAST REMOVES COST BARRIER FOR YOUNGEST PARTICIPANTS
- DANNY EARLS’ AWESOME ARTWORK
- THIS WEEK IN PGHSOCCER HISTORY
Photo credit – Tim McCoy – Fort Pitt Regiment
Fort Pitt Regiment off to a great start
This weekend Fort Pitt Regiment continued its winning ways to start the season — with a sweep of a home-and-home series against Greater Binghamton FC to remain unbeaten after three games.
On Friday, the boys from Pittsburgh traveled to Upstate New York and came away with a big 5-1 win. Then, the Regiment completed the sweep of GBFC, by winning its home opener played at Slippery Rock University, 6-0.
Former Riverhounds midfielder Nick Kolarac feels that unlike previous seasons — this year’s group has solid chemistry and has a lot of confidence under the direction of legendary coach John Kowalski.
“Playing with Fort Pitt has been great,” Kolarec, who excelled at West Allegheny then at St. Francis (PA), said. “We have a decent amount of returnees from last year’s squad, so coming into the preseason, everyone’s been on the same page.”
Another former Pittsburgh Riverhound, Marshall University and local product — Anthony Virgara scored three goals in the 6-0 romp. Virgara knocked in three of the five second half goals. Lucas Canineu‘s first half goal was all FPR would need as Scott Rissler and Robbie McKelvey combined for a clean sheet.
“It’s still early, but starting out with three wins is crucial,” Kolarac added. “Everyone is enjoying playing together and I think this group can do something special this year.”
This coming week will be a solid test for the 3-0-0 Regiment, as they travel to take on Cleveland next Sunday in a battle of two unbeaten squads in the NPSL’s East Conference.
“Cleveland won the NPSL championship a few years back, so we’ll go in as a group up for the challenge,” Kolarac said.
Steel City FC coverage
We are happy to now have contributions from Rachael McKriger on Pittsburgh Soccer Now — as she kicked things off by providing a report from the first two games of the season for Steel City FC.
Pittsburgh’s ladies team that competes in the WPSL, U.S. Soccer’s second division, as they came away with a split in action the past two Saturday’s at Ellis School in Shadyside.
Steel City ladies will hit the road this weekend for a two-game swing in Michigan. See below for game details.
RDA East removes cost barrier for youngest age group participants
Riverhounds SC Development Academy’s RDA East team platform has announced the creation of its Community Champions program, a community-focused, cost-free annual program for athletes in the East’s satellite location of Connellsville, Pennsylvania.
“To remove a cost barrier at the youngest age groups will enable us to widen our reach in evaluating young talent in the area while allowing families to evaluate our club. This is a true game-changer.”
— John Krysinsky (@PghSoccerScribe) May 31, 2018
Expected at the outset to assist up to 40 total boys and girls between the ages of 8-9, the Community Champions program will ask participating players and their parents to engage in quarterly community-giveback days. Joined by members of the Hounds staff to offer various services to support revitalization projects within Fayette, Westmoreland and Green counties, the participants, selected from the tryouts for the 2018-19 competitive season, will have their annual tuition covered by a local sponsoring corporation soon to be named, in return for these efforts to help better their respective communities.
“We are finalizing efforts with a corporation that is entrenched in these counties, which recognizes the teaching moment that is available to the young athletes in this program,” Sporting Director Jason Kutney said. “This is a meaningful step in reducing costs for soccer families and we are aggressively in search of a company in the Pittsburgh market to offer the same level of support for our main RDA site players.”
Danny Earls the Awesome Artist
For four seasons, Danny Earls made his mark with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, serving as the team’s captain in 2014 and 2015 — and tough as nails central midfielder. The Irishman may no longer be playing, but he’s using his artistic talents to stay involved in the game.
Earls put together comic art for the program book for the International Friendly played between Ireland and the United States men’s teams in Dublin on Saturday in tribute to Irish international John O’Shea — in what would be the legend’s farewell match for the Irish National team.
Here’s the cover of the program booklet (as drawn by Earls)
— FAIreland ⚽️???????? (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018
A little comic I drew about my career leading me to The States that was in the Irish programme for John O'Shea's final game tonight! ???? #ThanksJosh #IRLUSA #COYBIG #RTEsport pic.twitter.com/wWo57WV82l
— Danny Earls (@dannyearls16) June 2, 2018
This week in #PghSoccer
The Borussia Dortmund-Benfica match, and other international matches played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in recent years aren’t the first of its kind. Believe it or not, 90 years ago this week, Scottish club, Glasgow Rangers, called the “Greatest Soccer Outfit in the World” by the Pittsburgh Press, played at Pitt Stadium in 1928.
— Ted Westervelt (@soccerreform) June 2, 2018
This week in #PghSoccer
Saturday, June 9
6 p.m. – Steel City FC at AAFC Lumberjills at Concordia University,
Sunday, June 10
1 p.m. – Steel City FC at Motor City FC at Stoney Creek High School
2 p.m. – Fort Pitt Regiment at Cleveland FC at John Carroll University