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Postgame Reaction: An old nemesis spoils Riverhounds SC home opener

The Riverhounds SC finally returned home, but against an old nemesis the result remained the same, as the Charlotte Independence continued its dominance of Pittsburgh, with a 1-0 win on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium.

The Independence spoiled the Riverhounds SC’s much anticipated home opener played before 2,076 fans, as Irvin Parra’s first half goal held up for the road team, despite the Hounds holding a 3-to-1 margin in shots and owning 58 percent of possession.

FINAL: Charlotte Independence 1, Riverhounds SC 0

In 12 matches spanning the past six years, since the Independence joined the USL Championship, the Riverhounds have still yet to win a match in the all-time series, falling to 0-7-5. Since head coach Bob Lilley arrived, the Hounds are 0-3-2 against Charlotte.

Afterwards, we caught up with both Lilley and starting goalkeeper, Danny Vitiello, who made a few key saves to keep the match close in the first half.


In addition, PSN’s John Krysinsky and Matt Gajtka also shared their post match reaction on Pittsburgh Sports Live.



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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