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Sounding Off on Soccer: Previewing Riverhounds-Columbus Crew Open Cup clash with Columbus Dispatch’s Bailey Johnson

Photo courtesy Justin Berl

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and Columbus Crew will battle in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s Round of 16 at Highmark Stadium.

It will be the first match for the Riverhounds against a Major League Soccer club at Highmark Stadium since 2015, when they faced DC United.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s John Krysinsky previewed the match with Bailey Johnson, who covers the Crew as a beat writer for the Columbus Dispatch, as they took a closer look at the Crew-Hounds match-up, and learned more about the Crew discussed what to expect when the teams battle to advance in the National Tournament.


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Look for a lot more to come, as Pittsburgh Soccer Now will have comprehensive coverage coming Wednesday leading up to, and on site at Highmark Stadium, along with post match reaction. 


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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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