Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Harrisburg City Islanders

All signs point to big announcements in Harrisburg on Wednesday

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Cryptic tweets and new websites point to a fresh rebrand

The USL season has been over for less than a day, and already there's multiple big moves being made in preparation for 2018. Atlanta and Memphis are talking about new teams joining the fray as early as next year. Then, and another move that's certain to shake up the USL Eastern Conference, Rochester Rhinos coach Bob Lilley came back to Pennsylvania to become the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Old Guard Shield debuted in Harrisburg Saturday night

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FNB Field was the first stop on its five city tour

As the USL season winds down and the top teams scratch and claw for position in the increasingly tight playoff races this year, it'd be easy to forget that there's a new piece of hardware that's up for grabs in 2017.

The Old Guard Shield was announced back in February to much fanfare from the USL and the eligible teams.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0 - Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3

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Woof.

At around 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, a storm rolled out of the west and struck City Island in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Oh, did you think I meant a metaphorical storm? No, it was an actual thunderstorm that hit the island. There was even a tornado watch for a little while there. The metaphorical storm didn't hit City Island until closer to 7:00 p.

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0

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City Islanders are once again forced to settle for a nil-nil draw

How do you analyze a scoreless draw? Let me count the ways. The most obvious route is to highlight that the defense has gotten a clean sheet, which is fair. It could also be used to extend an unbeaten streak, such as the three match streak the City Islanders currently enjoy.

Match preview: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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In-state rivals meet up for their second match of the season

Match: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Date: Wednesday, May 24th

Time: 6:30 PM Eastern

Venue: FNB Field (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Referees: Not assigned by PRO at time of publication

Stream:

How Pittsburgh will look: Pittsburgh made sure to capitalize on their momentum after last month's win over the City Islanders.

Match Recap: Harrisburg City Islanders 0, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

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City Islanders see a lot of yellow on Saturday night's visit to Pittsburgh

The consequences of Harrisburg's 0-1 loss Saturday night at Pittsburgh will be felt long after the City Islanders return from the Steel City. Harrisburg was largely ineffective for the full 90 minutes, and now they will most likely be down three starters heading into next Saturday's match against New York RedBull II.

USL Weekend Rewind: Week 1

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The USL returns in 2017 as a Division 2 league seeking to impress, and it succeeded in Week 1 with some highly entertaining matches.

Louisville City and St. Louis FC battled to a scoreless draw in their Midwest match-up. (READ)

LA Galaxy IIearned a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, in part thanks to an own goal.

Bethlehem Steel FC doubleheader yields mixed results

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The scorelines weren't encouraging, but the nature of the day and the opponents looked to really benefit the club

Bethlehem Steel FC played a doubleheader at blustery YSC yesterday, with the first game against USL rival Harrisburg City Islanders and the second against a travelling Notre Dame team.

Old Guard Shield highlights tradition in USL

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The Supporters Group-founded cup looks to remind everyone how they got here

Last Friday morning, you might have noticed a pretty interesting story develop. Headed up by the Steel Army out in Pittsburgh, the Old Guard Shield is an upcoming regular season tournament (think Cascadia Cup) between the Rochester Rhinos, Richmond Kickers, Harrisburg City Islanders, Charleston Battery and (obviously) the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

La Salle alum named second-team all-USL

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Joe Farrell scored five goals and had an assist in his rookie season with Rochester Rhinos

Former La Salle defender/midfielder Joe Farrell was named to the USL all-league second team after a successful rookie season with Rochester Rhinos.

The Blue Bell, Pa. native who played for his dad Pat Farrell at La Salle from 2012-15, scored five goals and added an assist in 29 appearances for the Rhinos this season.

Match preview: Harrisburg City Islanders at Orlando City B

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After an impromptu bye weekend, the City Islanders travel to Florida in search of their first win of the 2016 season.

Game: Harrisburg City Islanders at Orlando City B

Date: Saturday, April 16th

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Titan Soccer Complex

Referees: REF: RUBIEL VAZQUEZ, AR1: Esteban Rosano, AR2: Hassan Belmnahia, 4TH: Jasmine Peralta

Television: None

Streaming:

The Harrisburg City Islanders will travel to Melbourne, Florida to take on Orlando City B in their third match of the 2016 USL Season.

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Match report: Bethlehem 3-2 Pittsburgh

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Bethlehem Steel FC returned to the playoff picture with a big win over Pittsburgh, thanks to big days from Santi Moar, Adam Najem, and Cory Burke.

Irma challenges the Steel

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Mother Nature is not helping Bethlehem make the playoffs. Their home Tampa match is postponed to the end of the month, creating a back-to-back home-and-homes within a four-day span.

Match Report : Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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Bethlehem Steel FC fail to get a result against in-state-foe Pittsburgh Riverhounds and lose 3-2 on the road in a high-scoring affair.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

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Playing for the first time in 2017 without any players loaned from the Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem maintained its undefeated streak by drawing the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-1. The team's "character players" rose to the challenge.

Steel Profile: Josh Heard

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A glance at the potential of Bethlehem Steel midfielder Josh Heard

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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James Chambers scored a beauty of a goal, but it wasn't enough as Bethlehem was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Match Report: Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1 Bethlehem Steel

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Two players who grew up near Bethlehem and Philadelphia led a Pittsburgh team that downed Bethlehem on Saturday night.

D.C. United

Lionel Messi maintains God status in El Clasico, D.C. United/Spirit/Kickers recaps & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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A tremendous rivalry game and a bunch of local soccer for your reading.

What a trippy little game that was. Soccer, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with the New England Revolution by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. The Bent Musket has things from the Land of Heaps.

Alhaji Kamara Leads Richmond Kickers to First Win in Four Matches

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The Richmond Kickers get their first win of the season with help from D.C. United.

The 1-3-0 Richmond Kickers faced off Saturday against the 1-2-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds during a rain soaked game at Richmond's City Stadium. Richmond was coming off three straight losses, a situation the team has never been in under coach Leigh Cowlishaw's leadership.

D.C. United season review: Rob Vincent

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From the end of the bench to a consistent starter, Rob Vincent's first season in MLS ended on a high note

Rob Vincent was this year's player that D.C. United signed from USL, with the team paying a transfer fee to secure his services from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He served as an attacking midfielder in USL, scoring 18 goals primarily from the left wing.

D.C. United vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2016 US Open Cup: Game time, TV schedule and live stream

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A potentially pivotal stretch for the Black-and-Red starts with tonight's USOC game against the Strikers

For D.C. United, the easiest path to a trophy, as well as a return to the CONCACAF Champions League, starts with tonight's US Open Cup fourth round match against the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

D.C. United to play Kickers/Strikers winner in first Open Cup Match

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Soccerplex, soccerplex, soccer soccer soccerplex!

D.C. United will play their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game on June 15, presumably at the Maryland Soccerplex, as they will host the winner of a June 1 match between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Richmond Kickers.

D.C. defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in last year's fourth round match before falling to the Philadelphia Union in the Round of 16.

D.C. United, Concacaf Champions League, and MLS expansion: Freedom Kicks for 18 February 2016

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Soccer: go!

The days keep ticking away and D.C. United keeps marching towards real, meaningful soccer. Here are your links for today:

D.C. United, Philadelphia Union settle for a physical 1-1 draw in preseason action - Black And Red United: D.C. United had most of the starting XI that will face Queretaro next week on the field; they mixed runs of impressive play with runs in which they still looked like a team in preseason.

New York Red Bulls

USL Look Ahead: Week 2

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After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.

Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.

90th minute equalizer gives the Richmond Kickers a point

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Late-match heroics from Brian Ownby even the score against New York Red Bulls II

Richmond's road trip through the Northeast continued Saturday at Red Bull Arena. The Kickers hadn't secured an away point since April 1st, and D.C. United loanees Miguel Aguilar, Jalen Robinson and Luke Mishu were there to help get them back on track.

Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette injured after being intentionally kicked in the back during USL match

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Photo by Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports

Karl Ouimette's loan to New York Red Bulls II turned ugly as the Canadian defender was forced to leave the field on a stretcher after an ugly assault by an opponent.

Facing off with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Ouimette was kicked in the back by Pittsburgh forwardRomeo Parkes shortly after being shown a red card in what turned out to be a 3-1 win by Red Bulls II.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Taylor Washington Signs with Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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The former Bethlehem Steel FC full back will play his soccer on the other side of PA in 2017

Taylor Washington, who was released from his contract at the end of the MLS season, has been signed by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Taken 23rd overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the George Mason graduate featured primarily for Bethlehem Steel FC, making his only Union appearance against Crystal Palace in the summer.

Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC draws Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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Bethlehem doesn't get a crucial three points against Pittsburgh

Drawing in must win situations is probably an awful feeling. Drawing after a disallowed goal in the first half and a missed chance in the 90th minute is probably an even worse feeling. Needless to say, Bethlehem Steel FC won't be having a great Monday.

The Rest

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel 3-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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New PSP photographer Rob Simmons shares photos from Bethlehem Steel's huge 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.

Steel Take on Hounds in Pittsburgh

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Basically the "Steel 2016" Derby

Match: Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

Date: Saturday, August 26th

Time: 7:00pm EST Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA (go if you can, it's a great park)

Refs: REF: Tori Penso AR1: Brian Miller AR2: Austin Saini 4TH: Paul Deverse

Stream:

How Pittsburgh Should Look: Well, let's start with the positive.

USL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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Week 9of USL action features a few top of the table match-ups to keep you entertained.

The big clash out East comes as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Louisville City battle it out in a showdown between third and fourth. Meanwhile, out West, the Real Monarchs sit in second place as they face the fourth-place Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Year in Review: Matt Jones and John McCarthy

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Reflections on the other keepers for the Union last year

Matt Jones-
2016 Summary: Well, he was around. Pretty much the third guy on the Union's depth chart, Jones spent a good chunk of time in a mentoring role and made the majority of his appearances in Bethlehem this year.

Ocean City’s Chevaughn Walsh just changed U.S. pro soccer

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The PDL MVP just pounded another nail into the MLS SuperDraft's coffin, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, observations on the Union's Roland Alberg and how Alejandro Bedoya and Warren Creavalle are (not) meshing.

Four USL teams fall in second round of U.S. Open Cup

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Photo by John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the second round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup paved the way for sevenamateur clubs to advance to the competition's third round, while one more will earn their spot on Thursday night.

The second round certainly was filled with drama, as five games were decided bypenalty kicks.

Revs Loan Smith to Rochester

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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz

The Revolution sent midfielder/defender Donnie Smith to its USL affiliate in Rochester for a short-term loan on Friday ahead of the Rhinos' season-opening match against the Pittsburgh RiverHounds at Rhinos Stadium on Saturday.

Smith, who was available for selection during Friday's Revolution-Red Bulls match, made six appearances for the Rhinos in 2014.

Revolution Transfers 2016: Donnie Smith loaned to Rochester Rhinos

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Defender Donnie Smith will join the Rochester Rhinos on a short-term loan.

The New England Revolution has announced that defender Donnie Smith will join the Rochester Rhinos (USL) on a short-term loan. Smith will return to New England after the Rhinos' match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday.

Rochester Rhinos Scrape by Syracuse University to End Preseason

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As other teams around the USL kick off the season this weekend, the Rhinos looked squarely in preseason mode against Syracuse. Versatile midfielder Ryan James scored a rebound in the first half for the only goal of the game.

The lineup that Bob Lilley started on Friday night against Syracuse University is probably similar to what he'll field next week in the team's season opener at Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Rangers Sign Two Trialists

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The Swope Park Rangers continued to add to their roster ahead of their first season, signing two trialists from preseason camp. The team announced that they had signed central defender Amer Didic and defender/midfielder Tyler Pasher. The pair of Canadians have both represented their country in different competitions, Didic with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport team for the 2015 Summer Universiade.