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Hounds’ 2019 schedule unveiled

By Riverhounds Staff, 12/19/18, 12:00PM EST

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PITTSBURGH (December 19, 2018) – The USL Championship released its entire 2019 regular season schedule and expanded playoff format earlier today. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is geared for a 34-game slate in its 20th anniversary campaign.

The Hounds will face every team in the Eastern Conference twice in a home-and-home format. Pittsburgh will open the 2019 season on the road against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 16 before playing Hartford Athletic in their first-ever meeting for its home opener on April 13 at Highmark Stadium.

Every home match for the Hounds will be played on a Saturday with the exception of the team’s July 4 showdown against Bethlehem Steel FC – a Thursday rematch of this past season’s first-ever playoff game at Highmark Stadium. All home games are scheduled to take place at Highmark Stadium.

Pittsburgh’s final home contest, a match against Atlanta United 2, will take place on Oct. 5. The club will close out the season at Birmingham Legion FC on Oct. 20.

The USL Championship also announced today a brand-new playoff format that will be implemented in 2019. The top 10 teams from each conference will make the postseason with the No. 7 through No. 10 seeds competing in a Play-In Round. After this round, the single-elimination format will continue over the next four weeks in a fixed-bracket tournament. The USL Cup will be held between Nov. 14-18.

As the Hounds prepare for their 20th anniversary season, $99 season tickets and flexbooks are now on sale. To ensure your spot in a historic campaign, visit riverhounds.com/season-tickets or call 412-865-GOAL.

The full 2019 regular season and provisional playoff schedule are below. Kickoff times are to be announced.


2019 Regular Season Schedule:

Saturday, March 16 – @Tampa Bay Rowdies

Saturday, March 23 – @Swope Park Rangers

Saturday, March 30 – @Bethlehem Steel FC

 

Saturday, April 6 – @Louisville City FC

Saturday, April 13 – Hartford Athletic

Saturday, April 20 – Saint Louis FC

Saturday, April 27 – Nashville SC

 

Saturday, May 4 – @Charleston Battery

Saturday, May 18 – @Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, May 25 – Charlotte Independence

 

Saturday, June 1 – @Indy Eleven

Saturday, June 8 – Ottawa Fury FC

Saturday, June 15 – @Atlanta United 2

Saturday, June 22 – New York Red Bulls II

Saturday, June 29 – Birmingham Legion FC

 

Thursday, July 4 – Bethlehem Steel FC

Sunday, July 7 – @Charlotte Independence

Saturday, July 13 – Tampa Bay Rowdies

Saturday, July 20 – North Carolina FC

Saturday, July 27 – @Hartford Athletic

 

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Memphis 901 FC

Saturday, Aug. 10 – Swope Park Rangers

Wednesday, Aug. 14 – @New York Red Bulls II

Saturday, Aug. 17 – @North Carolina FC

Friday, Aug. 23 – Loudoun United FC

Friday, Aug. 30 – @Ottawa Fury FC

 

Saturday, Sept. 7 – Louisville City FC

Saturday, Sept. 14 – Charleston Battery

Saturday, Sept. 21 – @Nashville SC

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Indy Eleven

 

Tuesday, Oct. 1 – @Loudoun United FC

Saturday, Oct. 5 – Atlanta United 2

Saturday, Oct. 12 – @Saint Louis FC

Sunday, Oct. 20 – @Birmingham Legion FC


2019 USL Cup Playoffs Schedule:

Play-In Round – Oct. 23

Conference Quarterfinals – Oct. 25-27

Conference Semifinals – Nov. 1-3

Conference Finals – Nov. 8-10

USL Cup – Nov. 14-18