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Sounding Off on Soccer: Reflecting upon Riverhounds unprecedented ‘Cupset’ experience at Highmark Stadium

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC pulled off its second straight U.S. Open Cup victory against a Major League Soccer opponent, by defeating the Columbus Crew, 1-0, at Highmark Stadium before a record crowd on Wednesday night.

A day later, Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s John Krysinsky and Matt Popchock had time to collect their thoughts, and reflect on what was a monumental night for Pittsburgh’s pro soccer club, its fan base and the impact the match may have had in getting more exposure and attention for the club and soccer in the Pittsburgh area.  John shares his thoughts as he covered the match, while Matt chronicles his experience as he had little elbow room to spare, but had the time of his life sitting in the Paul Child Stand, where he could barely hear himself think for 90-plus minutes.

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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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