PITTSBURGH – The biggest night since the opening of Highmark Stadium arrived on Saturday for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC as the club hosted its first USL Cup Playoffs game in its history when Pennsylvania rival Bethlehem Steel visited for an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals clash that needed to be decided by a penalty shootout that went eight rounds before a Riverhounds SC-record crowd of 5,139 fans.
But while Steel FC came out on top to bring a remarkable season for the Hounds to an end, the night still proved a memorable one for everyone within Pittsburgh’s organization with the standing-room-only crowd providing a tremendous atmosphere for the thrilling contest.
“It would’ve been nice to give them a great victory tonight. They were awesome,” said Hounds Head Coach Bob Lilley of the support. “They were fantastic. I hope they believe in what we’re doing, and we see more crowds like this.”
Here are some of the sights and sounds from a historic night at Highmark Stadium.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC welcomed a club-record crowd of 5,139 fans to Highmark Stadium for its first home USL Cup Playoffs contest in club history as Pennsylvania rival Bethlehem Steel FC visited for an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals clash.
I want thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the unbelievable support that you showed last night for the @RiverhoundsSC. That was always my vision and YOU made it happen. It was not the result I wanted but it is the beginning of what is coming!!!2019— Tuffy Shallenberger (@Tuffy_Shall) October 21, 2018