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Hotspurs rally to draw Cleveland SC at NPSL Members Cup opener in Erie

Hotspurs rally to draw Cleveland SC at NPSL Members Cup opener in Erie

The Pittsburgh Hotspurs and three other NPSL clubs began play in the NPSL Members Cup on Friday in Erie.

NPSL Members Cup gives Pittsburgh Hotspurs some 2020 competition

The Hotspurs played Cleveland FC to a 2-2 draw in the opener.

The match between Pittsburgh and Cleveland was a back-and-forth affair, with current Duquesne University rising sophomore and former West Allegheny standout Nathan Dragisich scoring the equalizer in the late moments, his second of the match.

The Hotspurs squad for Friday night’s match consisted mostly of current college players, along with one Pittsburgh-area veteran and former Riverhounds SC midfielder Nicky Kolarac.

Here’s the line-up selections for the match.

The Hotspurs will play one more match in the Members Cup on Wednesday, against the hosts, Erie Commodores, who lost to FC Buffalo  3-2 in the nightcap at McConnell Family Stadium.

 

The Members Cup continues, 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.

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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