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Riverhounds road playoff match at Louisville to be televised on 22 The Point

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Riverhounds road playoff match at Louisville to be televised on 22 The Point

From USL Championship / Riverhounds SC release

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will open its 2020 USL Championship Playoffs run against Louisville City FC. The teams will meet for an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals showdown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Lynn Family Stadium, and the match will be locally televised on 22 The Point.

Riverhounds to open USL Championship playoffs at rival Louisville

Pittsburgh finished the 16-game regular season with a 11-4-1 record en route to a second place Group F finish.

Meanwhile, Louisville won Group E with a 11-3-2 overall mark.

This will mark a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals match that Louisville won, 2-1, in extra time on Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium. Thomas Vancaeyezeele put the Hounds ahead early in the 11th minute, but Louisville rallied behind goals from Luke Spencer (51’) and Paolo DelPiccolo (118’). The Boys in Purple would go on to the 2019 USL Championship Final, where they would fall to champion Real Monarchs SLC.

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

This year, Pittsburgh and Louisville met once during the regular season. After falling behind, the Hounds scored three straight goals to defeat the foe, 3-1, in its inaugural match at Lynn Family Stadium on July 12. Jordan Dover (45’), Robbie Mertz (46’) and Anthony Velarde (51’) scored for the Black and Gold whereas Devon Williams (18’) posted Louisville’s goal.

Takeaways/Player Grades: High-pressing Hounds crash Louisville’s new stadium party

We’ll be bringing you lots of coverage leading up to the playoff game here on Pittsburgh Soccer Now.

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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