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Steel City FC complete NPSL regular season campaign unbeaten; set to host Great Lakes Conference final on July 15

Photo Courtesy Cleveland SC (@SoccerCLE)

Steel City FC men’s soccer team completed an impressive regular season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) by playing to a 1-1 draw at Cleveland SC at George Finne Stadium in Berea, OH on Friday night.

With the result, the Steel City FC squad comprised of many current and former college players from the Greater Pittsburgh area or connected to Pittsburgh college programs, finishes its 12-match regular season without a loss for the first time in club history, boasting a 10-0-2 record, and in first place in the Great Lakes Conference in the NPSL’s Midwest Region.

Former Duquesne University and Shaler High School standout Ryan Landry scored the lone goal in the 39th minute, for Steel City on Friday.  Fighting to secure the last playoff spot, Cleveland countered to level the match in the 52nd minute, as Bojan Kolevski hit the equalizer.

The league playoffs begin this week, as Steel City will have a bye, and are set to host the Great Lakes Conference final, against the winner of Michigan Rangers vs Cleveland SC match.  The Conference final will be played at Founders Field on Saturday, July 15, with an approximate 5:30 p.m. kickoff time set.

Here’s a closer look at the squad’s starting lineup on Friday night at Cleveland.


Here’s a look at Steel City FC’s full roster.

# Name Position
4 William Afawubo Defender
9 Bryan Akongo Attacker
25 rodrigo Albayeros Midfielder
27 Evan Anderson Attacker
38 Amir Awais Attacker
13 Rami Bensasi Midfielder
29 Tyler Caterino Defender
34 Jacob Conti Goalkeeper
3 Giuseppe Croce Defender
31 Cole DeVaul Defender
16 Anthony DiFalco Midfielder
40 Joshua DiMatteo Attacker
5 Jack Emanuel Defender
30 Brice Gandhi Attacker
Joshua Gaspari Midfielder
7 Nicholas Graeca Midfielder
6 Ethan Hackenberg Midfielder
32 Owain Hawkins Defender
33 Connor Hudson Defender
17 Nolan Hutter Defender
12 Keaton Jennings Goalkeeper
10 Nicky Kolarac Attacker
24 Ryan Kopay Midfielder
2 Justin Kopay Defender
26 Ryan Landry Midfielder
11 Charlie Lawrence Midfielder
18 Eben McIntyre Attacker
20 Ryan Mertz Midfielder
15 Tate mohney Attacker
14 Gabriel Norris Midfielder
28 Zander Plizga Midfielder
21 Nathan Prex Attacker
41 Daniel Rodgers Goalkeeper
22 Nathan Schlessinger Attacker
8 Michael Sullivan Midfielder
23 Johnathan Swann Defender
36 Evan Thomas Defender
35 tom tzabari Midfielder
19 Mikel Ubeda Defender
1 Garret Watson Goalkeeper

Look for more coverage to come this week as Pittsburgh Soccer Now will have more on the squad and will be previewing and covering the Great Lakes Conference Final at Founders Field on July 15.

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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