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Sounding Off on Soccer Podcast: Catching up with Riverhounds’ Langston Blackstock

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John Krysinsky is back with the latest edition of the Sounding Off on Soccer podcast — as he takes a look at the 0-3-0 (!!??) Pittsburgh Riverhounds’  — and brings on second-year winger Langston Blackstock for an in-depth interview.

The Marietta, GA’s native talks about this experience thus far in the Steel City, shares his thoughts the team’s tough start, upcoming match-up vs the Tampa Bay Rowdies and more.

In 2023, his first season in Pittsburgh, Blackstock appeared in 24 matches, starting 12 of them. Though he came to the Hounds as a forward, he fit into a variety of roles in his first season, including time as a wing back and midfielder, and he recorded two assists in his debut.

Thus far this season, Blackstock has been a key part of the Hounds’ rotation, coming on as a winger, notably as a first half sub in the most recent match, 3-1 loss, at Louisville City FC.

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Prior to Pittsburgh, Blackstock enjoyed a successful college career at Division II Clayton State University. In his senior season he led the Peach Belt Conference in scoring with 15 goals, earning him First-Team All-Conference and All-Southeast Region honors. In four seasons at Clayton State from 2019-22, Blackstock racked up an impressive scoring haul with 32 goals and 12 assists in 65 games for the Lakers.

Blackstock began his college career playing his freshman season at Coastal Carolina, where he made eight appearances in 2018 for the Chanticleers. He also appeared in USL League Two with the Southern Soccer Academy as an amateur player.

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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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