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NPSL Members Cup gives Pittsburgh Hotspurs some 2020 competition

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On Thursday, the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) announced the 2020 NPSL Members Cup will begin in Erie, PA on July 24, reviving some competition for four clubs in the region, including the Pittsburgh Hotspurs.

“This is our 12th year in the NPSL and we are excited to get back on the field,” Erie Commodores owner John Melody said in a statement released by NPSL. 

“We are happy to host this event in Erie.” 

Erie Commodores FC will serve as the host for the event. The club has a distinguished history in league play, finishing as national runner-up once and conference champion six times. The Commodores also made the playoffs seven times and advanced to the national semifinals three times. In recent years, the Commodores have made it to the U.S. Open Cup proper tournament in 2018 and 2019, even hosting the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round in 2018

Cleveland SC, FC Buffalo, and Pittsburgh Hotspurs will join the Commodores in the competition.

The Members Cup will begin on Friday, July 24 th at Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium in Erie,

Cleveland will face Pittsburgh at 5:30 pm, followed by Erie vs. Buffalo at 7:30 pm.

The event will continue on Wednesday, July 29 at Hagerty Family Events Center in Erie, PA.  Erie vs. Pittsburgh will kick off at 6:00 pm, followed by Cleveland and Buffalo at 7:45 pm.

Fans will be allowed to attend. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for youth.

In addition, Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League’s Steel FC also will be hosting a competition, 2020 Steel City Super Cup, in early August.

Look for more on these competitions along with reaction from the Pittsburgh Hotspurs and Steel FC in the coming days and weeks ahead. 


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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