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Plenty of fireworks this week in Pittsburgh soccer

Strictly from a local, Pittsburgh soccer standpoint, this past weekend provided very little in the way of any games or news to share. That allowed some extra time for all of our PSN contributors for a bit of a breather and also catch up on the beginning of the World Cup knockout round action. All three of the area teams were not in action this weekend.

That will change this coming week.

In fact, it will be the final week of regular season action for both Steel City FC and Fort Pitt Regiment.

The Regiment are having a resurgent season (6-4 overall record), will wrap-up with two tough matches. First they’ll host Erie Commodores at Slippery Rock University on Thursday, July 5 (7 p.m. kickoff) then travel to Rochester, NY to take on the Rochester Lancers.

The Regiment are currently in third place in the standings, and would need to win its final two matches — and get some help to advance to the NPSL Midwest Region playoffs. Only the top two teams from in the seven team East Conference qualify, as the Regiment are currently sitting in third place.

Steel City FC (2-4) wrap up its season with a Saturday road game vs Elmira Revs in Buffalo, then return for Sunday finale at Ellis School vs Columbia Eagles this weekend.

Riverhounds SC will continue to look to stay near the top of the USL Eastern Conference table when they host North Carolina FC in its annual Fourth of July match, then travel for a rematch north of the border with Ottawa Fury FC on Sunday. We’ll have a lot more on the Hounds-NCFC match leading up to the match.

Word has it that only a few tickets remain the sixth Fourth of July match in Highmark Stadium history.



Wednesday, July 4

7 p.m. – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs North Carolina FC (Highmark Stadium)


Thursday, July 5 

7 p.m.  – Fort Pitt Regiment vs Erie Commodores (Slippery Rock University)


Saturday, July 7 

1 p.m. – Steel City FC at Empire Revs (Buffalo, NY)

5 p.m. – Fort Pitt Regiment at Rochester Lancers (Capelli Sport Stadium)


Sunday, July 8 

1 p.m. – Riverhounds SC at Ottawa Fury FC (TD Place Stadium)

4 p.m. – Steel City FC vs Columbia Eagles (Ellis School, Shadyside)



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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