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Memorial tributes pour in from Pittsburgh soccer community for Gene Klein, Riverhounds, WPIAL Hall of Famer

On Monday, the Pittsburgh soccer community lost one of its most iconic figures, Gene Klein, who passed away at age 71, following a two-plus year battle incurable brain cancer — glioblastoma.

Pittsburgh soccer icon Gene Klein passes away after battle with cancer

Following the news of his passing, many from the Greater Pittsburgh soccer community, which Gene was an indelible presence for more than six decades, shared their condolences on various social media platforms.


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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