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Hounds set 1st round home playoff match for October 26

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With a strong second half push, including a current 10-game unbeaten streak, the Riverhounds have clinched a top-two spot in the USL’s Eastern Conference, and will host at least the first two rounds of USL Cup playoff games at Highmark Stadium.

On Wednesday, the club announced the details for its first round playoff match.

Pittsburgh will host an opponent to be determined after next Wednesday’s USL Cup play-in games on Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m.

The match will also be a ‘blackout’. Tickets officially go on sale on Friday. More information on tickets can be found on the Riverhounds website.

In addition, on Tuesday, the USL also announced that the 2019 USL Championship Final has been scheduled for Sunday, November 17 and will air for a second consecutive season on ESPN2 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

“Every year the intensity and competition surrounding our playoffs continues to rise,” said USL President Jake Edwards said through a league statement. “We think the road to this year’s Championship Final has the potential to be our most compelling postseason yet, and we’re absolutely thrilled to give our clubs the platform to showcase their talents through our partnership with ESPN.”

 

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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