Pittsburgh Soccer

Essential Pittsburgh
4:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

The Fort Pitt Regiment: An Attractive Brand of Soccer

Nick DiSomma, a defender on the Fort Pitt Regiment, scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the I-79 rival, Erie Admirals earlier in the season.
Credit Fort Pitt Regiment

The World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Brazil is really calling attention to the sport of soccer in the United States. Here in western Pennsylvania a new soccer team has just formed in the last year.

The Fort Pitt Regiment soccer team is the newest member of the Nation Premier Soccer League. But not many Pittsburgh residents know anything about the league. Tim McCoy, Director of Business Operations and board member of the Regiment said this new team is not trying to compete with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

“What we offer is an affordable evening out and in some ways I would equate it to the difference between the Washington Wild Things and the Pittsburgh Pirates.”

With the current popularity of World Cup Soccer, the Regiment’s inaugural season was well timed.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:04 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Business of Soccer

Rebecca Harris is director of Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
Credit Rebecca Harris / Chatham Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Arguably the biggest sporting event in the world is currently taking place down in Brazil. The World Cup draws big numbers of television viewers across the planet, making it a great opportunity for companies looking to get their brand in front of a global market. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of soccer.

“It’s a widely viewed sport. It has a cumulative audience, in the 2006 figures that we looked at, 26 billion people watched it over a course of a month, with an estimated 715 million people watching the final match, which is 1/9 of the entire world’s population. When we talk about those numbers, automatically that translates into television advertising, sports apparel sponsorship, infrastructure building in the host country, think about what's been built in Brazil alone, it’s just remarkable. So this really is big business.”

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Business
5:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Stadium Owners Bankrupt

The owners of Pittsburgh's minor league soccer team and the riverfront stadium in which they play have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Riverhounds Acquisition Group, L. P. owns the team and lists debts of between $1 million and $10 million in its petition. Riverhounds Event Center LP, which owns Highmark Stadium, has $7.2 million in mortgage debt, plus a $1.5 million bank loan and hundreds of thousands of dollars in other debts to smaller creditors.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Can the Steel City Be A Fútbol Town, Too?

Pittsburgh River Hounds hope for more young fans and their families to attend games this season.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

With their new stadium in Station Square, the Pittsburgh River Hounds are hoping that professional soccer will finally score in the “City of Champions.” The club, founded in 1999, is a part of the USL Pro League and has not had a successful history in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak explains that soccer has been unable to share in the popularity of the city’s other professional sports because it is the least established.  Despite high numbers at Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games, Pittsburgh may not be big enough to sustain a fourth professional sport.

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