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Hounds home opener set for July 22 vs Indy Eleven

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Hounds home opener set for July 22 vs Indy Eleven

On Thursday, the USL Championship, ESPN and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC announced that the club’s home opener is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, against Indy Eleven at 7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.

This will mark the club’s second match to be nationally aired on ESPN2.

Earlier this week, it was announced the Hounds’ season opener against Louisville City FC would be on the sports television station. The match against Louisville will kick off at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 at Lynn Family Stadium, marking the first-ever match at the venue.

Riverhounds SC to make national TV debut in its season opener at Louisville on July 12

Pittsburgh is the only USL Championship team to have multiple nationally televised games on the station after today’s ESPN2 linear schedule announcement.

Fans will not be in attendance for Riverhounds SC July home games at Highmark Stadium.

The club is working closely with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and local government and health officials to determine the ability to accommodate fans in future home games, and updates will be issued at a later time. The safety and well-being of players, coaches, employees and fans are Riverhounds SC’s first priority. The club’s ticketing department will work with ticket holders directly regarding options for future games.

The remainder of the club’s 2020 regular season schedule was also announced later Thursday.

Here’s the full 16-game schedule for the Riverhounds:

The USL / ESPN announced an eight-game schedule of games that will be televised on ESPN 2 beginning with the July 12th match between Pittsburgh and Louisville City FC.

USL on ESPN2 Schedule

Sunday, July 12 – Louisville City FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, 5 p.m. ET
Monday, July 13 – OKC Energy FC vs. FC Tulsa, 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 15 – Birmingham Legion FC vs. Memphis 901 FC, 8 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 16 – Orange County SC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 9 p.m. ET
Friday, July 17 – Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. North Carolina FC, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, July 19 – Sacramento Republic FC vs. Reno 1868 FC, 9 p.m. ET
Monday, July 20 – Hartford Athletic vs. Loudoun United FC, 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 22 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Indy Eleven, 7 p.m. ET

* – Kickoff times subject to change

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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