After last week’s news that the Riverhounds SC would have two of its first three matches aired on national television (ESPN2), the Hounds today announced the remainder of its broadcast schedule for the 2020 USL Championship season restart.
The club will partner with 22 The Point (WPNT) to broadcast 11 regular season matches upon return to play.
“We are proud to be the first to bring professional sports back to the Greater Pittsburgh Area,” owner Tuffy Shallenberger said. “We are grateful for our partnerships with AHN and 22 The Point, and excited to have 11 of our soccer matches locally televised to our southwest Pennsylvania communities, as well as an additional two games nationally broadcasted on ESPN2.”
This set of games is highlighted by a trip to Indy Eleven on Aug. 15 and three matches against perennial contender, and division competitor, New York Red Bulls II. The season finale, coming against Philadelphia Union II on Oct. 3, will also be televised on 22 The Point.
Six home matches and five away games form this group of 11 aired showdowns. Furthermore, nine of the 11 matches on 22 The Point will highlight division matchups, coming against a combination of Hartford Athletic, Loudoun United FC, New York and Philadelphia.
As the 2020 @RiverhoundsSC season restarts, 22 The Point is proud to announce a broadcast partnership with the @USLChampionship club, carrying 11 regular season matchups starting July 18. #TogetherWeHunt #UNLEASHhttps://t.co/cvQk4WYnnd
— Jordan Conigliaro (@JordanC_WPGH) July 6, 2020
“Back in March, we were thrilled to expand our service to include Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC soccer to our lineup of local sports on WPNT,” WPNT General Manager Richard Cook said. “Now with all that has happened to sports in 2020, we are even more thrilled to bring the first live professional sports back to the Pittsburgh television audience starting in July.”
In addition to these 11 games, Riverhounds SC will be nationally televised on ESPN2 for another two matches. The club’s season opener at Louisville City FC on July 12 and home opener against Indy Eleven on July 22 will be aired live on ESPN2. Additional Hounds matches could be moved to the ESPN family of networks at a later date.
In total, 13 of the club’s 16 regular season games will be televised upon return to play.
For out-of-market fans, they can stream every Riverhounds SC match live on ESPN+ with a paid subscription.
Below is this season’s updated broadcast schedule. All home games take place at Highmark Stadium. Please note kickoff times are to be determined unless otherwise specified. Kickoff times are also subject to change.
22 The Point
Saturday, July 18 – @Philadelphia Union II
Sunday, July 26 – @New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, Aug. 1 – Philadelphia Union II
Saturday, Aug. 8 – New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, Aug. 15 – @Indy Eleven
Saturday, Aug. 22 – Saint Louis FC
Sunday, Sept. 6 – @New York Red Bulls II
Saturday, Sept. 12 – Hartford Athletic
Saturday, Sept. 19 – @Loudoun United FC
Saturday, Sept. 26 – Hartford Athletic
Saturday, Oct. 3 – Philadelphia Union II
5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 – @Louisville City FC
6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 – Indy Eleven