In a live draw this afternoon hosted by U.S. Soccer, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC learned that they’ll be facing Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution in their return to the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the first time since 2019, on either May 9 or May 10.
The match will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
Earlier this week, the Hounds defeated the Maryland Bobcats, 2-0, to advance in the National Tournament.
With 32 teams remaining in the tournament, the Hounds will look to reach the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001, when they faced the Chicago Fire, at Bethel Park Stadium, losing in extra time.
In six matches vs MLS opponents, the Hounds have posted a 1-6 record. The Hounds’ lone win vs MLS foe came vs Colorado Rapids (2-0) on June 27, 2001, at Bethel Park Stadium. Three of their losses came in matches that went to Extra Time (3-2 loss vs Chicago in 2001, 3-1 loss vs DC United in 2015 and 2-1 loss at FC Cincinnati in 2022)
As you may recall, the Hounds faced DC United in June 2015, in the last match against an MLS opponent at Highmark Stadium.
It was a memorable match that went to extra time, played before an overflow crowd.
Serving as the ball boy that day was none other than Anders Bordoy, who was signed to a USL Academy Contract, and saw his first action with the senior club on Tuesday late in the match, contributing to the second goal after a terrific strike on target.
“Seeing an MLS team, playing in my hometown, and being there, watching with my own eyes, that was an amazing experience,” Bodroy said after getting his first professional playing experience, helping the Hounds defeat Maryland on Tuesday night.
“To be able to be a part of helping our team advance to the next round, this year, is very exciting. I look back at that moment, and now, to be here, I wouldn’t have ever thought that would be something I would be a part of.”
Fun Hounds’ Open Cup Factoids
- In the Highmark Stadium era (since 2013), the Hounds have posted an 11-8 overall record in the Open Cup. (this includes its 2nd round forfeit win vs Rochester NY FC).
- All-time, the Hounds are 16-17 overall in the Open Cup.
- The club the Hounds have faced the most in Open Cup? None other than former Old Guard Shield rival Rochester (losses in 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010). The forfeit win in 2023 technically was its first ever against Rochester in the competition.
- Other clubs the Hounds have faced more than once in the Open Cup
- Chicago Fire (2001 & 2014)
- DC United (2003 & 2015)
- Michigan Bucks (2006 & 2012)
- RWB Adria (2013 & 2014)
- FC Cincinnati (2018 & 2022)
- Maryland Bobcats (2022 & 2023)
- In six matches vs MLS opponents, the Hounds have posted a 1-6 record
- The Hounds’ lone win vs MLS foe came vs Colorado Rapids (2-0) on June 27, 2001, at Bethel Park Stadium
- Three of their losses came in matches that went to Extra Time (3-2 loss vs Chicago in 2001, 3-1 loss vs DC United in 2015 and 2-1 loss at FC Cincinnati in 2022)
- Against lower division teams, the Hounds have mixed success with an overall record of 10-7
- After losing to Fourth Division Chicago FC United in 2017 and amateurs’ Landsdowne Bhoys in 2016, the Hounds have rebounded in the Bob Lilley era with wins against the Erie Commodores (2018) and Dayton Dutch Lions (2019), Maryland Bobcats (2022 and 2023).
- In the Bob Lilley era, the Hounds are 6-3 in the Open Cup, with losses coming to FC Cincinnati (in 3rd Round in 2018 and 3rd Round in 2022) and Columbus Crew (in 4th Round in 2019). Wins have come versus Erie, Dayton, Indy Eleven (2019), Maryland Bobcats (2022 & 2023) and Rochester (2023).