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Sounding Off on Soccer: Riverhounds SC’s Nate Dossantos on his soccer journey from Canada to Pittsburgh

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At the time of his high school graduation from from Garth Webb Secondary School in 2017, in Oakville, Ontario (Canada), a suburb of Toronto, Nathan Dossantos wasn’t sure what would be next in his journey as a soccer player.

“I always wanted to play at a higher level,” Dossantos, who had high-level youth experiences with Toronto FC Academy, Woodbridge Strikers and Sigma FC, explained on the most recent edition of ‘Sounding Off on Soccer’ with Pittsburgh Soccer Now’s John Krysinsky.

By the Fall of 2018, Dossantos made his way to Pittsburgh for the first time, as he enrolled at Duquesne University, where he would play in the central midfield for two seasons, making 33 starts.  Ahead of the 2020 season (which would later be pushed back to the Spring 2021), Dossantos transferred to Marshall University, where he helped lead the Thundering Herd to its first-ever Men’s Soccer Division I National Championship.

Now in his second year with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Dossantos has carved out a spot as one of the team’s key young players, starting every match thus far this season at left outside back.

PSN’s John Krysinsky caught up with Dossantos this week for the latest edition of ‘Sounding Off on Soccer’.

Among the topics Dossantos discussed included:

  • Growing up playing in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), a hotbed of soccer talent
  • An exciting time for Canadian soccer
  • How he came to Pittsburgh (the first time) — to play at Duquesne
  • National Championship experience at Marshall
  • Adjusting to the professional game
  • Thoughts on Hounds progress early in the season and being part of a revamped defensive corps
  • And, much more!

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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