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Photo Gallery: Riverhounds-Miami FC fierce battle epitomizes series between clubs

Photo courtesy Ed Thompson

Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s Ed Thompson was on hand for the Riverhounds SC home opener, its 11th at Highmark Stadium, to capture the action from what was a very hard-fought, physical battle between two clubs that have played very close matches in the past three seasons.

The Hounds’ salvaged a 1-1 draw, thanks in large part to Burke Fahling’s wonder strike, in the late stages of the match.

“It was always going to be a tight game. Miami came in and made it very physical. They didn’t want to give anything away, so it wasn’t real adventurous,” Riverhounds SC Head Coach said after the match.

“There weren’t a lot of holes, so we had to do it with smashmouth football and I thought we did a good job of that in the second half.”

How close has the series been between the two sides?

After seven matches in three seasons, the overall series is tied 2-2-3.  They’ll meet again one more time in the regular season, on September 16, in Miami.

The home opener also brought out a strong showing of fan support, on a cold, damp March night. Ed captured many wonderful images from the night, as we have them for you to see in the photo gallery below.

Ed Thompson Photo Gallery (Riverhounds SC vs The Miami FC) 

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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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