Preparing for a momentous night along the Monongahela River, No. 3 seed Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (15-5-14) will battle No. 6 seed Bethlehem Steel FC (14-12-8) at 7 p.m. on Saturday for the first-ever playoff game at Highmark Stadium. As the Hounds look to make history this weekend, here is a look back at their previous postseason conquests.
How They Fared
Of the 17 postseason games in club history, the Hounds have hosted four of these matches. The last time the team played a playoff game within its home confines occurred back in 2006 – a 4-0 loss to the Charlotte Eagles.
Despite this loss, Pittsburgh has fared well at home in the postseason (3-1 record). Its three victories date back to the 2004 (Harrisburg City Islanders), 2001 (Charleston Battery) and 1999 (Rochester Raging Rhinos) seasons.
The Black and Gold last played in the postseason during the 2015 campaign. Competing neck-and-neck with New York Red Bulls II, the squad fell 4-2 in extra time at Red Bull Arena.
No player currently on the Hounds’ roster has scored for the club in the postseason. As for all-time leading goalscorers, David Flavius leads the way with three playoff tallies for the franchise.
Gary DePalma, Goran Vasic, John Jones, Justin Evans, Said Ali and Willie Hunt are the only other Hounds to have at least two postseason goals to their names. Hunt posted his two goals in the Hounds’ last playoff match in 2015.
If the Hounds come away with the victory against Bethlehem this Saturday, it will set up a trip to battle No. 2 seed Louisville City FC or a home match against No. 7 seed Indy Eleven in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The USL Cup will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 and will be televised on ESPN2.