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Post Match Reaction: Riverhounds pull off U.S. Open Cup upset of New England Revolution

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The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC defied the odds, pulling off the upset of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, with a 1-0 win on Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

It was the Hounds’ first win against an MLS club in the Open Cup competition since 2001, when they defeated the Colorado Rapids.

FINAL: Riverhounds SC 1, New England Revolution 0 (US Open Cup – 4th Round)


Riverhounds Head Coach Bob Lilley was elated with the win which his team was on the front foot against a top division club on the road for much of the match.

“It never felt like we were under siege. The last 5-10 minutes got a bit hairy, but the key was we found outlets,” Hounds coach Bob Lilley said.

“We were positive with our play going forward, we were positive with the ball, and that gave us the energy and time to get back and defend properly.”

With the win, the Hounds advance to the Open Cup’s Fifth Round (Round of 16), which will be played either Tuesday, May 23, or Wednesday, May 24.  The next opponent and site of the match will be determined by a draw to be held by US Soccer on Thursday.

“Hope we get an MLS team at home the next round,” Lilley added.

“It’s been a while.”

The result caught the attention of soccer (and casual sports) fans in Pittsburgh and throughout the country, and stunning New England along the way.  We have some of the best Twitter reaction to the match below.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s John Krysinsky and Matt Popchock hopped on for a post match reaction show to try to put it all in perspective, which you can catch both on PSN’s YouTube channel, and simulcast on the Sounding Off on Soccer podcast (see links below).






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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