USL, Riverhounds Schedule Released

Pittsburgh soccer fans, you can start marking your calendars.

The USL has released its schedule.   Click here for the complete, 30-game Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2016 league schedule.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will be part of 2016 league alignment that include 29 teams, with two conferences.  The Eastern Conference will include 14 teams.  Each team will play home-and-home games against each opponent in their Conference, then play other regional rivals a third time.  The top eight teams in each conference will earn playoff berths.

At first glance, there will be numerous highlights on the schedule that looks strikingly similar to 2015 start that had the Hounds at home in three of the first four matches, including the home opener versus defending USL Champs, Rochester Rhinos, on Saturday, April 2.

Other highlights include:

  • The return of the Keystone Derby series, that will renew on April 9, between the Riverhounds and Harrisburg City Islanders in the second game of the season.  The Hounds will host the City Islanders in two of the three meetings, with the return match between the Hounds and City Islanders at Highmark Stadium will be on the now Annual Fourth of July game which will be on a Monday this year.
  • There will be three matches against a new additional in-state rival, Bethlehem Steel FC, an expansion franchise operated by MLS’ Philadephia Union.  The Hounds will visit Goodman Stadium at Lehigh Valley twice, as the first game between the two sides will not be until Sunday, July 10.
  • The other regional rivals that Pittsburgh will play more than twice will be Rochester and the new Cincinnati FC franchise.
  • The Hounds will get a chance to avenge their playoff loss to the NY Red Bulls II as the teams will have a rematch at Highmark Stadium on May 7.   In one little unique scheduling note (and it might be an error from USL) the Hounds return match vs NY Red Bull II in at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.  Apparently, the Red Bulls MLS team is playing at 7 p.m. vs Toronto FC that night too.

Once again, the USL schedule will be very friendly on travel and days between rest.  It appears that the Hounds will play seven of their 30 games on weekdays, and many of them will be include at least three, four or more days rest between games.

It appears that most every home game on the Riverhounds schedule will start at 7 p.m. (no daytime games) and all but 4th of July game (Monday) and the third (Wilmington) and second to last games of the season will be played at home in August and September on Wednesday nights.

The season finale will be at home against FC Cincinnati on Saturday, September 24.

Sat,

Apr 02

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Rochester Rhinos Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Apr 09

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Harrisburg City Islanders Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sun,

Apr 17

Toronto FC II Pittsburgh Riverhounds Ontario Soccer Centre TBA
Sat,

Apr 23

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Orlando City B Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Wed,

Apr 27

Louisville City FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds  Louisville Slugger Field 7:30 p.m.
Sat,

Apr 30

Charleston Battery Pittsburgh Riverhounds MUSC Health Stadium 7:30 p.m.
Sat,

May 07

Pittsburgh Riverhounds New York Red Bulls II Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

May 14

FC Cincinnati Pittsburgh Riverhounds Nippert Stadium TBA
Sat,

May 21

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Toronto FC II Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

May 28

New York Red Bulls II Pittsburgh Riverhounds Red Bull Arena 10:00 p.m.
Sat,

Jun 04

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Charleston Battery Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Jun 11

Richmond Kickers Pittsburgh Riverhounds City Stadium TBA
Sat,

Jun 18

Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC Montreal Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Jun 25

Rochester Rhinos Pittsburgh Riverhounds Sahlen’s Stadium TBA
Mon,

Jul 04

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Harrisburg City Islanders Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sun,

Jul 10

Bethlehem Steel FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds Goodman Stadium TBA
Thu,

Jul 14

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Richmond Kickers Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Jul 23

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Charlotte Independence Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Jul 30

Wilmington Hammerheads FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds Legion Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Fri,

Aug 05

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Louisville City FC Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Wed,

Aug 10

FC Montreal Pittsburgh Riverhounds Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Aug 13

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Bethlehem Steel FC Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Aug 20

Rochester Rhinos Pittsburgh Riverhounds Sahlen’s Stadium TBA
Wed,

Aug 24

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Wilmington Hammerheads FC Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sat,

Aug 27

Harrisburg City Islanders Pittsburgh Riverhounds Metro Bank Park TBA
Sat,

Sep 03

Orlando City B Pittsburgh Riverhounds Titan Soccer Complex 7:30 p.m.
Sat,

Sep 10

Charlotte Independence Pittsburgh Riverhounds Ramblewood Soccer Complex 7:00 p.m.
Wed,

Sep 14

Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC Cincinnati Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.
Sun,

Sep 18

Bethlehem Steel FC Pittsburgh Riverhounds Goodman Stadium TBA
Sat,

Sep 24

Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC Cincinnati Highmark Stadium 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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