PITTSBURGH (April 6, 2023) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC will face a rematch in the Third Round of the 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as the Hounds were drawn for a second straight year to host Maryland Bobcats FC out of the National Independent Soccer League in the third tier of U.S. Soccer.
The match at Highmark Stadium will be played either Tuesday, April 25 or Wednesday, April 26, with the exact date and kickoff time to be announced in the coming days. Tickets for the match will be general admission and go on sale through Ticketmaster tomorrow at 10 a.m.
The Hounds and Bobcats met last year in the Second Round of the Open Cup, with the Hounds advancing 2-0 at Highmark Stadium behind a pair of goals by Toby Sims. The Hounds were knocked out in the Third Round in 2022 after pushing their match at FC Cincinnati of MLS all the way to extra time before losing in the added period, 2-0.
This is the fourth consecutive Open Cup that the Hounds have advanced to at least the Third Round. Hounds coach Bob Lilley has never lost to a lower-division opponent in Open Cup play, and he holds a 3-0 record in such matches with the Riverhounds.
The full draw for the Third Round — which includes 18 MLS teams, 20 USL Championship teams and 10 lower-division teams — was shown live via Bleacher Report through their online channels. Broadcast details for the Third Round matches also will be announced by the U.S. Soccer Federation in the days to come.