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USL Championship Announces Home Openers: Riverhounds to host Austin Bold FC on June 6

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The USL Championship began its process of announcing the 2021 schedule on Tuesday, by revealing all of the home openers for each of the 31 clubs, including the Riverhounds SC.

According to the USL Championship the timetable for the release of the remainder of the schedule remains unclear, as stated in the final line in the league’s announcement:

More details on the 2021 USL Championship season, including the national television schedule on ESPN, the complete regular season schedule, and the postseason structure, will be available in the coming weeks.  

The Hounds won’t host a home regular season match until June, when Western Conference’s Austin Bold FC will make the trip to Pittsburgh for a match on Sunday, June 6.

Last year, Austin finished with a 5-4-7 overall record, missing the postseason.

In the Highmark Stadium era, the Hounds hold a 2-4-2 record in home openers. The club lost to Indy Eleven, 1-0, during last year’s home opener in a nationally televised game on ESPN 2.

The Riverhounds will be also visiting Hartford Athletic on May 15 in the first known regular season match of the season in the home opener for the Athletic. A year ago, despite beating Hartford in two out of three matches, the Athletic finished one point ahead in the Group F standings. This year, they’ll meet four times as part of an eight-team Atlantic Division, one of two divisions in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.

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USL Championship season is set to kick off on Saturday, April 24 with a pair of matches including Louisville City FC vs Atlanta United 2 and OKC Energy.

Saturday, April 24 
Louisville City FC vs. Atlanta United 2
OKC Energy FC vs. FC Tulsa

Friday, April 30 
LA Galaxy II vs. Sacramento Republic FC
New York Red Bulls II vs. Hartford Athletic
Phoenix Rising FC vs. San Diego Loyal SC

Saturday, May 1 
Birmingham Legion FC vs. Indy Eleven
FC Tulsa vs. Sporting Kansas City II
Rio Grande Valley FC vs. New Mexico United
San Antonio FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Charlotte Independence

Sunday, May 2
Miami FC vs. Loudoun United FC

Friday, May 7 
Sporting Kansas City II vs. OKC Energy FC

Saturday, May 8 
El Paso Locomotive FC vs. New Mexico United
Indy Eleven vs. FC Tulsa

Wednesday, May 12 
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

Thursday, May 13 
Tacoma Defiance vs. San Diego Loyal SC

Friday, May 14 
Charleston Battery vs. Charlotte Independence
Real Monarchs SLC vs. LA Galaxy II

Saturday, May 15 
Hartford Athletic vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
New Mexico United vs. Austin Bold FC

Tuesday, May 18 
Loudoun United FC vs. New York Red Bulls II

Wednesday, May 19 
Atlanta United 2 vs. FC Tulsa

Friday, May 21 
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. New Mexico United

Saturday, May 22 
Orange County SC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

Saturday, May 29 
San Diego Loyal SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

Sunday, May 30 
Austin Bold FC vs. Tacoma Defiance

Saturday, June 5 
Charlotte Independence vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Tacoma Defiance

Sunday, June 6 
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Austin Bold FC

Wednesday, June 16 
Memphis 901 FC vs. Atlanta United 2

Saturday, June 19 
Oakland Roots SC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

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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