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Hounds open home schedule with first rematch vs Louisville City FC since playoff loss

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Mark your calendars Pittsburgh soccer fans.

The Riverhounds SC will be opening its home schedule on Saturday, March 21, against the defending USL Championship Eastern Conference champion Louisville City FC, with a 7 p.m. start time.

The Hounds will open its 2020 season on the road, as they’ll take on Charlotte Independence in North Carolina, on Saturday, March 14.

The Hounds’ full schedule will be released later this week.

The match with Lou City FC will be rematch of the Hounds playoff loss in early November.

Analysis & Player Grades: Hounds come up short against battle-tested Louisville City FC

United Soccer League today announced the home openers for all 35 clubs in the USL Championship, with the league’s 10th anniversary season set to kick off on Friday, March 6.

The 2020 campaign opens with a Friday doubleheader that will feature three teams that reached the postseason in the Western Conference last season, with Orange County SC set to host El Paso Locomotive FC in the opening game at Championship Stadium in California before Tacoma Defiance takes on Reno 1868 FC at Cheney Stadium.  The first Saturday of the season contains plenty to watch for, too, with perennial playoff contenders North Carolina FC hosting Louisville City FC and the New York Red Bulls II hosting the Tampa Bay Rowdies. In the Western Conference, Real Monarchs SLC will open its title defense on the road against San Antonio FC, while two sides that reached the postseason in their inaugural seasons will kick off their second campaigns when Austin Bold FC hosts New Mexico United.

The weekend’s marquee matchup arrives late on Saturday night when expansion side San Diego Loyal SC, led by Landon Donovan, hosts Las Vegas Lights FC and Head Coach Eric Wynalda as the former U.S. Men’s National Team legends square off on the sidelines for the first time.

Louisville City FC  also travel to Indy Eleven on April 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The two-time champion will then open its new 11,700-seat Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday, April 11 as it plays host to Birmingham Legion FC, kicking off a new era for the club as it aims to reach the USL Championship Final for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season.

Individual tickets for the Hounds home opener will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Thursday, Jan. 9 and can be purchased at or by calling the club’s ticketing department at (412) 865-GOAL. Season tickets and Flexbooks are currently on sale and can be purchased online or by calling the aforementioned number.

Here’s the full USL Championship schedule of home openers. 

March 6

Orange County SC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC

Tacoma Defiance vs. Reno 1868 FC


March 7

Austin Bold FC vs. New Mexico United

Memphis 901 FC vs. Indy Eleven

New York Red Bulls II vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

North Carolina FC vs. Louisville City FC

OKC Energy FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Philadelphia Union II vs. Loudoun United FC

Phoenix Rising FC vs. Portland Timbers 2

Sacramento Republic FC vs. FC Tulsa

Saint Louis FC vs. Miami FC

San Antonio FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC

San Diego Loyal SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC


March 8

ATL UTD 2 vs. Charleston Battery

Rio Grande Valley FC vs. LA Galaxy II

Sporting Kansas City II vs. Charlotte Independence


March 13

LA Galaxy II vs. Austin Bold FC

Miami FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies


March 14

Charlotte Independence vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. San Antonio FC

El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Portland Timbers 2

FC Tulsa vs. New Mexico United

Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

Real Monarchs SLC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Reno 1868 FC vs. OKC Energy FC


March 15

Birmingham Legion FC vs. Charleston Battery


March 21

Hartford Athletic vs. Charleston Battery

New Mexico United vs. El Paso Locomotive FC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Louisville City FC

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. North Carolina FC


March 22

Portland Timbers 2 vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC


March 28

Charleston Battery vs. Philadelphia Union II


April 4

Indy Eleven vs. Louisville City FC


April 11

Louisville City FC vs. Birmingham Legion FC


May 6

Loudoun United FC vs. Charlotte Independence

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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