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Sounding Off on Soccer: US Open Cup Heroes Nick Noble and Rob Vincent

Photos courtesy of MLS (r) | Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (l)

PSN’s John Krysinsky welcomes Rob Vincent and Nick Noble, as they talk about their experiences playing in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup, a knockout cup competition in men’s American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States.

This week, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will return to play in the Open Cup for the first time since 2019, when they host Maryland Bobcats FC in a second round match, on Tuesday evening (7 p.m. kickoff) at Highmark Stadium.

Vincent scored the game winner for the Riverhounds SC in May 2015, to lead the Hounds to advance to the fourth round where they would face his (then) future club DC United.

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Former Harrisburg City Islanders keeper Nick Noble also joins the discussion to talk about his experiences with the City Islanders, who scored multiple upsets of MLS teams including a memorable come-from-behind win against New England Revolution in 2012.

Each guest relive the madness from their playing days as participants in the U.S. Open Cup, as amatuer and professional teams from lower leagues and the highest levels of men’s soccer in the United States soccer pyramid face off against each other in a one-and-done format.

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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