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Sounding Off on Soccer: Riverhounds Highmark Stadium-era player draft extravaganza

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The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of playing in Highmark Stadium in 2023, and what better time than at the start of the preseason for us to bring together our crew — past and present — to commemorate a decade of soccer memories.

We did this by having a little bit of fun and taking a look back by conducting a player draft with contributors who have coverered all of the teams from the past decade: John Krysinsky, Mark ‘Soccer Rabbi’ Goodman, Jordan Smith and Matt Gajtka.

The panelists took turns (using a 1-4, 4-1 snake draft format) selecting 11 Riverhounds players who played at least one game during the Highmark Stadium era, each building their own starting eleven that included at least a minimum of one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, one forward and who knows what else!

A total of 44 players were selected.

Listen to here to find out which Riverhounds players from the past decade were selected…



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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