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Sounding Off on Soccer Podcast: Fresh off ‘experience of lifetime’ with Wrexham AFC, Pitt midfielder Filip Mirkovic ready for senior season

Pitt men's soccer midfielder Filip Mirkovic
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Ahead of Pitt men’s soccer’s season opener vs Penn State, senior midfielder Filip Mirkovic took some time out to connect with PSN’s John Krysinsky on Sounding Off on Soccer Podcast.

Mirkovic is one of the best midfielders in the country, especially with his ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. He posted 12 assists in 2022, a program record  in a single season, and his .60 assists per game finished as No. 7 in the nation.

He placed on the First Team All-ACC and All-South Region Team thanks to his great play last season, and has been named to the United Soccer Coaches Midfielders to Watch List for 2023.

Mirkovic played a large role in helping Pitt reach their third straight Elite Eight and their second ever College Cup appearance in 2022, and has been an instrumental figure for the program since his arrival in Oakland in 2020. In total, he has made 59 appearances and 55 starts in his Pitt career, producing 19 assists and scoring nine goals.

Those 19 assists and his 0.32 assists per game are both fourth best in program history.

In addition, Mirkovic, who grew up in New York City, played for NYCFC Academy and attended Lab High School for Collaborative Studies. This offseason Mirkovic trained and competed with the Long Island Rough Riders of USL League Two — and had the opportunity to play with the famed Wrexham AFC Red Dragons squad in the 7v7 The Soccer Tournament played in Cary, NC, earlier this Summer.

Pitt’s Filip Mirkovich joins Wrexham Red Dragons for 7v7 The Soccer Tournament in Cary, NC


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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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