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Riverhounds, Detroit City FC play to scoreless draw in preseason clash

File photo courtesy Ed Thompson

The Riverhounds continue to shut down preseason opponents and for the second straight match, they also came up empty themselves, playing USL Championship rival Detroit City FC to a 0-0 draw at the Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton, Mich. on Tuesday afternoon.  

The clean sheet runs the Hounds’ streak of preseason shutouts to three in a row after holding Penn State University and the University of Akron without a goal in their previous two matches. 

Detroit City FC — entering its second year in the USL Championship — is the first professional opponent the Hounds have faced since a closed-door, extended-length scrimmage with MLS’ Columbus Crew three weeks ago, and both teams utilized starting lineups loaded with players who very likely could be in the first 11 on Opening Day.

The Hounds and Detroit have now played to a tie in all four meetings in their history, which includes a pair of 1-1 regular-season matches in 2022 and another scoreless draw in the 2021 preseason. The teams will meet this year in the regular season on July 15 at Highmark Stadium and in the season finale, Oct. 14, at Detroit’s Keyworth Stadium home.

The Hounds have two preseason matches remaining, beginning with a 7 p.m. match this Saturday, Feb. 25 against the University of Pittsburgh, a participant in the 2022 College Cup — the NCAA’s Final Four. That game at Highmark Stadium is open to the public, and admission is free.

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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