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Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer: The Euro 2024 kicks off plus full slate for locals on Father’s Day weekend

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Father’s Day weekend is upon us, which also includes a pretty full slate of soccer action on the Pittsburgh soccer landscape.

The Pittsburgh soccer scene is filled with many wonderful fathers and while I can’t cover everyone, I would like to extend a very Happy Father’s Day to all those ‘Soccer Dads’ out there!

This should be fun weekend of soccer both locally, but also on the international front, as the Euros have kicked off so that should add some extra fun to the weekend being that there will be Friday’s kickoff match (Germany vs Scotland, 3 p.m. ET), then starts the gluttony of three matches each day.   For your convenience, we’ve included the Euros schedule below, in addition to our usual local soccer slate.

The weekend kicks off for the local clubs on Friday with Steel City FC taking a longer-than-usual road trip to the Hoosier State, as they take on Southern Indiana Guardians, who are in their first season in Great Lakes Conference.  Steel City (5w-0l-1d, 16 points) remain unbeaten, following its impressive 2-0 defeat of Cleveland FC, as they seized the top spot in the NPSL’s Great Lakes Conference, as they handed Cleveland (3-1-0, 9 points) its first loss of the season.

The Riverhounds also are on the road, as they head to Hartford (Saturday, 7:30 p.m. kickoff) to take on a squad with a few familiar faces, including one player from last year’s Players Shield winning squad, Joey Farrell.  The Hounds are seeing to snap a five match winless streak, as they’ve gone 0w-2l-3d in their last five matches.  Look for a more extensive preview of that match to drop late Friday or early Saturday.

Both area women’s teams will be in action on Sunday.

Beadling SC (3w-2l-1d, 10 pts), currently sitting in first place in WPSL’s East Great Lakes Conference, will face second place Columbus (8 pts) on the road in a critical match in the league standings.  Beadling will be looking to bounce back from 3-0 road loss to Cleveland.

Steel City FC’s women’s team will cap the weekend when they take on Flower City Union at Founders Field, at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

PITTSBURGH SOCCER SCHEDULE (6/14/2024 – 6/16/2024)

Friday, June 14, 2024

7 p.m.  — Steel City FC (Men – NPSL) at Southern Indiana Guardians (Floyd Central HS, Floyd’s Knobs, IN)

Saturday, June 15, 2024

7:30 p.m.  — Riverhounds SC (USLC) at Hartford Athletic (Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT)

Sunday, June 15, 2024

2 p.m.  – Beadling SC (Women – WPSL) at Greater Toledo FC (Toledo, OH)

5 p.m.  – Steel City FC (Women – UWS) vs Flower City Union (Founders Field)

Euro 2024 Schedule

Here are the key dates for the Euro 2024 tournament and the schedule for the coming week:

  • Group stage: June 14 to June 26
  • Round of 16: June 29 to July 2
  • Quarterfinals: July 5 and 6
  • Semifinals: July 9 and 10
  • Final: July 14

Group Stage

June 14

  • Germany vs Scotland, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 15

  • Hungary vs Switzerland, 9 a.m.
  • Spain vs Croatia, 12 p.m. (FOX)
  • Italy vs Albania, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 16

  • Poland vs Netherlands, 9 a.m. (FS1)
  • Slovenia vs Denmark, 12 p.m. (FS1)
  • Serbia vs England, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 17

  • Romania vs Ukraine, 9 a.m.
  • Belgium vs Slovakia, 12 p.m. (FS1)
  • Austria vs France, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 18

  • Turkey vs Georgia, 12 p.m.
  • Portugal vs Czechia, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 19

  • Croatia vs Albania, 9 a.m. (FS1)
  • Germany vs Hungary, 12 p.m. (FS1)
  • Scotland vs Switzerland, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 20

  • Slovenia vs Serbia, 9 a.m. (FS1)
  • Denmark vs England, 12 p.m. (FS1)
  • Spain vs Italy, 3 p.m. (FOX)

June 21

  • Slovakia vs Ukraine, 9 a.m.
  • Poland vs Austria, 12 p.m. (FS1)
  • Netherlands vs France, 3 p.m. (FOX)

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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