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Sounding Off on Soccer: Breaking down Riverhounds vs Tampa Bay top of table showdown with Devon Kerr

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The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC have been in first place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference since early June, but with two matches remaining in the regular season, they have a golden opportunity to finish on top of the standings, both in conference and in the league’s overall points race, which team is awarded the Players Shield.

However, the biggest obstacle standing in their way, is second place Tampa Bay Rowdies, who’ve — for the most part — have kept pace with Pittsburgh since dropping a 1-0 result in August in the only other meeting between the clubs this season.

In the penultimate match of the season, the two sides will now meet at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, with a lot at stake.  Kickoff will be 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

To preview one of the biggest regular season matches in the history of the Riverhounds’ franchise (as outlined in Hounds Notebook earlier this week), USL Championship (and MLS/NCAA) soccer analyst Devon Kerr, a recurring contributor to Sounding Off on Soccer podcast, joins John Krysinsky on the pod.


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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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