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Hounds to host Birmingham Legion FC in Saturday’s playoff

Hounds to host Birmingham Legion FC in Saturday’s playoff

On Wednesday night, Birmingham Legion FC kept its season alive, stunning host North Carolina FC on a stoppage time goal to advance in the USL Eastern Conference play-in game.

It was a 93rd-minute goal from J.J. Williams that helped No. 10 seed Birmingham Legion FC to a last-gasp 3-2 victory over No. 7 seed North Carolina FC in the Eastern Conference Play-In Round on Wednesday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The Legion will come to Pittsburgh on short rest and as road warriors, a dangerous expansion side playing with house money, already having earned a post-season victory in its inaugural season.

The Hounds, who earned the top seed after beating Birmingham on Sunday evening, 1-0, on a stoppage time goal by Mark Forrest, are expecting a big crowd on Saturday night, as they seek their first playoff win of the modern USL era (since 2010).

 

Saturday’s Eastern Conference Playoff quarterfinal match-ups are now set as both road teams won the play-in games:

7 p.m. Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs Birmingham Legion FC

7 p.m. Louisville City FC vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

7:30 p.m. New York Red Bulls II vs Indy Eleven

8 p.m. Nashville SC vs Charleston Battery

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Of course, we’ll be bringing comprehensive coverage of the Hounds playoff run — including reports from practices, features, like Matt Gajtka’s One-on-One with Robbie Mertz, columns, previews, predictions and on-site game coverage.

Last night, Gajtka and PSN contributor Matt Grubba broke down the Hounds-Legion matchup and predicted the rest of the East quarterfinals on the latest edition of Pgh Postgame:

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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