Pittsburgh – In the second round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds head east to meet the Ocean City Nor’easters of the USL Premier Development League (PDL) on Tuesday night at Carey Stadium. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start, with the winner advancing to play the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) on Tuesday, May 28.
The two clubs advanced into the second round of the tournament in different fashions. In a physical and dramatic match at Highmark Stadium, the Riverhounds defeated the Chicago-based Croatian-side, RWB Adria, last Tuesday by a score of 1-1 (5-4 on penalty kicks). That same night, the Nor’easters shut out the New York Red Bulls U-23 team 2-0.
Riverhounds Head Coach Justin Evans commented about the second-round match-up, “We are looking forward to the challenge of moving on in the Open Cup, our team is aware of the importance of every game left in the season. On Tuesday night we want to continue to build upon our five-game unbeaten streak.”
The Riverhounds are coming into the fixture undefeated in the month of May and meet a Nor’easters team that is undefeated in their first two games of the season, including a 2-1 win over the Central Jersey Spartans this past Saturday. With the prize of meeting the Union next Tuesday, tomorrow night’s match in New Jersey will be an intense battle throughout the full ninety minutes.
With a win on Tuesday, the Riverhounds will host Philadelphia on May 28, bringing the first-ever MLS side into Highmark Stadium.
“Tuesday night is all that matters right now for our club,” said Jason Kutney, CEO of the Riverhounds. “We are focused on Tuesday and must be in order to bring a major soccer experience to the fans of Pittsburgh. We recognize that the Nor’easters are after the same glory and we must want it more.”