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Riverhounds announce USL Championship Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match to be played October 21 at 7 p.m.

Photo attached: Aerial view of a sellout crowd at Highmark Stadium watches the Riverhounds' 3-2 win over FC Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 30. (Credit: Riverhounds SC)

Riverhounds SC will kick off the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs at home with an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against an opponent to be determined that will be played Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.

It will be the first home playoff match since 2019 for the Hounds, who are locked into one of the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference and would host at least the first two rounds of the postseason.

The current Eastern Conference leaders, the Hounds (18-5-9) can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs as soon as this Saturday with a win at the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Single-game tickets for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m., with a special pre-sale for season ticket and flexbook holders on Monday, Oct. 9. Playoff ticket bundles for all of the Hounds home postseason matches are already on sale through Ticketmaster or at the Highmark Stadium Box Office.

Start times for future rounds of the postseason will be announced as matchups are confirmed. The USL Championship Playoffs culminate with the Championship Final, which will be at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 on ESPN2.

The projected USL Championship Playoff Schedule is as follows:

  • First Round / Conference Quarterfinals – weekend of October 21-22
  • Conference Semifinals – weekend of October 28-29
  • Conference Finals – weekend of November 3-5
  • USL Cup Final – Sunday, November 12 (ESPN2 – 9 p.m. ET)

(Photo attached: Aerial view of a sellout crowd at Highmark Stadium watches the Riverhounds’ 3-2 win over FC Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 30. Credit: Riverhounds SC)

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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