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Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
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Full namePittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club
Nickname(s)The Hounds[1]
Founded[2][3]
StadiumHighmark Stadium
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[4]
Capacity5,000[4]
OwnerTerry "Tuffy" Shallenberger[5]
Head CoachBob Lilley
LeagueUSL Championship[6]
20183rd, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is an American professional soccer team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1998[7] and beginning play in 1999,[8] the club plays in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid.[9] Since 2013, the Riverhounds have played their home games at the 5,000-seat Highmark Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Station Square.[10] Their current head coach is Bob Lilley.[11]Saint Lucian international David Flavius currently holds the club records for most appearances and goals which he set over his eight seasons with the Riverhounds between 1999 and 2006.[12] In June 2017, the Riverhounds entered into a developmental partnership with the Ocean City Nor'easters of the Premier Development League, running through the 2018 season.[13]

In 2013, the Riverhounds organization announced its intentions to join Major League Soccer by 2023. Highmark Stadium initially seated 3,500 spectators, though the stadium is designed to be capable of being expanded to 18,500.[14][15]

History

Colors and badge

Originally, the Riverhounds' colors were predominantly red with smaller amounts of black and white. The original logo was designed by Pittsburgh-based BD&E. The firm made a strategic decision to not make the club's colors black and gold. The choice meant the Hounds would not align with the region's established professional sports identity, but would allow the soccer fans' jerseys to stand out in a Pittsburgh crowd.[16] The club adopted new colors, predominantly blue with white and black added, before the start of the 2008 season to honor their academy and training partnership with Everton. The use of blue was also an allusion to the blue collar populace of Pittsburgh.[17][18] Beginning in 2014, the Riverhounds began wearing black and gold uniforms more regularly, aligning the club with the colors representative of Pittsburgh's other professional sports teams. Blue and black kits continued to be worn as an alternate third version.[19]

On February 16, 2018, the Riverhounds unveiled a new crest as part of its rebranding.[20] The new crest incorporates traditional Pittsburgh sports colors with important symbols of the city such as bridges and rivers. The crest was designed by Oregon-based graphic designer Brian Gundell.[21]

Stadium

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has played at Highmark Stadium, a 5,000 seat soccer-specific stadium in Station Square, since 2013. The stadium is owned and operated by the Riverhounds organization.[22]

Supporters

In November 2007, the first supporters group of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was formed, The Steel Army. The Steel Army held their first meeting at Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh's South Side. The group started as 5-10 local people interested in supporting the reorganized Riverhounds Soccer Club and to support the efforts of growing the sport of soccer in Western Pennsylvania as well.[23]

Members are not only from Pittsburgh but also from states as close as Ohio to states as far away as Oregon and Florida. Membership in the Steel Army is now even international with members joining the group from Sunderland and Surrey in the U.K., as well as Bray, in the Republic of Ireland, and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil who will be following the Riverhounds from abroad.[23]

The section of Highmark Stadium where the Steel Army stands and supports the Riverhounds is located at the South Gate end of the stadium. The terrace there holds 1,000 supporters. On August 1, 2015, the supporters' section was renamed the Paul Child Stand in honor of Pittsburgh soccer legend Paul Child.[24] The Steel Army has a fierce rivalry with fellow United Soccer League clubs Penn FC (Sons of Susquehanna) and the Rochester Rhinos (Oak Street Brigade).[23][25]

Roster

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of November 28, 2018.[26]

Honors

Record

Year Division League Record (W-L-D) Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
1999[27]
2
USL A-League
16-12-0
4th, Northeast Quarterfinals Not eligible
4,178[28]
2000[27]
2
USL A-League
10-14-4
7th, Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round
3,808[29]
2001[27]
2
USL A-League
10-12-4
3rd, Northern Quarterfinals Quarterfinals
3,226[28]
2002[27]
2
USL A-League
8-15-5
4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2,274[29]
2003[27]
2
USL A-League
15-9-4
3rd, Northeast Did not qualify 3rd Round
1,783[29]
2004[27]
3
USL Pro Soccer League
17-2-1
1st, Atlantic Semifinals Did not qualify
1,475[30]
2005[27]
3
USL Second Division
6-11-3
7th Did not qualify 1st Round
2,236[30]
2006[27]
3
USL Second Division
8-6-6
3rd Semifinals 1st Round
2,232[30]
2007 On Hiatus[31][27]
2008[27]
3
USL Second Division
4-10-6
8th Did not qualify 2nd Round
1,258[30]
2009[27]
3
USL Second Division
6-10-4
8th Did not qualify 1st Round
1,178[30]
2010[27]
3
USL Second Division
7-8-5
3rd Semifinals 2nd Round
941[30]
2011[27]
3
USL Pro
7-11-6
10th Quarterfinals 2nd Round
1,127[30]
2012[27]
3
USL Pro
4-15-5
10th Did not qualify 2nd Round
984[30]
2013[27]
3
USL Pro
10-8-8
7th Quarterfinals 2nd Round
3,273[30]
2014[27]
3
USL Pro
9-14-5
11th Did not qualify 4th Round
2,686[32]
2015[27]
3
USL
11-9-8
5th, Eastern Conference 1st Round 4th Round
2,630[30]
2016[27]
3
USL
6-17-7
13th, Eastern Did not qualify 2nd Round
2,494[30]
2017[27]
2
USL
8-12-12
13th, Eastern Did not qualify 2nd Round
2,639[33]
2018[27]
2
USL
15-5-14
3rd, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 3rd Round
2,401[34]

Current coaching staff

As of February 17th, 2018.[35]
Position Name
Head coach United States Bob Lilley
Assistant coach United States Mark Pulisic
Assistant coach United States Dan Visser
Assistant coach Croatia Nikola Katic
Goalkeeping coach United States Hunter Gilstrap
Strength & conditioning coach United States Mike Whiteman

See also

References

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  2. ^ "awarded a Professional A-League Soccer Franchise". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Archived from the original on May 29, 2006. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Cup Clash Brings D.C.'s Kasper Home To Face Hounds". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Stadium". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "NEW OWNER ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014 SEASON". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "USL Profile". United Soccer League. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Dulac, Gerry. "Outdoor pro soccer team coming in 1999". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Club Overview". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "2015 Standings". USL. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Highmark Stadium". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Coaching Staff". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Pittsburgh Riverhounds-Stats". Soccerstats.us. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Nor'easters form exciting developmental partnership with Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL". Ocean City Nor'easters. June 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Kilpatrick, David (November 29, 2012). "A New Stadium in Pittsburgh". New York Times. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "A Perfect Pitch to Lure MLS". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ Lindeman, Teresa. "Riverhounds scratch, claw for recognition". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ Zeise, Paul (July 13, 2007). "Riverhounds kick up ante". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ McLeod, Scott (August 10, 2007). "Blues Partner Riverhounds". EvertonFC.com. Retrieved 2008.
  19. ^ "OFF-SEASON SPECULATION: 2015 KITS". Steel Army. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ "Riverhounds SC Unleashes New Era". United Soccer League. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Riverhounds SC Unleashed New Era for Club". Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Camerato, Tim. "Pittsburgh Riverhounds Find Permanent Home with New Stadium". wesa.fm. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ a b c "Steel Army". Steel Army. Retrieved 2015.
  24. ^ Krysinky, John. "VINCENT HAT TRICK HELPS HOUNDS END THREE-GAME SKID". Pittsburgh Soccer Report. Retrieved 2015.
  25. ^ Dykhoff, Johan. "Intervju med Dan Yost, styrelsemedlem i Pittsburgh Riverhounds-supporterklubben Steel Army" (in Swedish). www.svenskafans.com. Retrieved 2015.
  26. ^ "Pittsburgh Riverhounds roster". Riverhounds.com. Retrieved 2017.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Pittsburgh Riverhounds Media Guide". Riverhounds.com. Retrieved 2017.
  28. ^ a b Poole, Eric. "Leashed 'Hounds-Riverhounds Look To Better Performance On And Off Field". Pittsburgh Sports Report. Retrieved 2015.
  29. ^ a b c "USL Attendance Archive". USLFans.com. Retrieved 2015.
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Attendance Project: Div. III". kenn.com. Retrieved 2015.
  31. ^ "USL Second Division 2008: Pittsburgh back, Real Maryland joins". Soccer America. Retrieved 2015.
  32. ^ "2014 Team Stats". USL. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  33. ^ "2017 USL Attendance". Soccer Stadium Digest. Retrieved 2018.
  34. ^ https://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2018-usl-attendance/
  35. ^ "Technical Staff". Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved 2018.

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