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Pittsburgh City United Owner Michael Anton Monsour led group set to purchase Manchester 62 of Gibraltar National League

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Pittsburgh Soccer Now has learned Pittsburgh City United owner and former head coach, Michael Anton Monsour will be traveling to Gibraltar this week in preparation to make an official announcement of the purchase of seven-time Gibraltar League Champion, Manchester 62 Football Club by M62 group led by Monsour.

The announcement will take place in a press conference in Gibraltar sometime next week.

Monsour, who said that he started conversations and was looking for a club to buy in Europe last year, shortly after Pittsburgh City United’s launch and inaugural season kicked off, has told PSN more details will be made available in the coming days.

Manchester 62 was established in 1962 under the name Manchester United of Gibraltar winning 7 league titles 3 league cups and 2 super cups before changing their name during the 2013-2014 season to Manchester 62.

Manchester 62’s starting lineup prior to a recent match (Photo courtesy Manchester62)

This season Manchester 62 won the Challenger Cup which will automatically qualify them for the Quarterfinals of next year’s Rock Cup where the winner qualifies for European Cup competition. Manchester 62 plays in the Gibraltar National League which currently has 4 European qualifying spots, with the league winner each season earning a spot in the Champions League Qualifiers. 

Pittsburgh City United are currently playing in its second season in the UPSL, as one of Monsour’s former players, Dante Nichols, is the current head coach. 

Stay tuned for more on Monsour’s impending purchase of Manchester 62 here on Pittsburgh Soccer Now in the coming days.  

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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