Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Day 164 Happy 4th of July/Riverhounds- Pittsburgh soccer
I watched the World Cup a few years ago when the US was a contender but I have never been to a professional or semi- professional soccer game. I have been trying sports events in this empty nest period (see Day-91 Penguins, Day-95 Steelers, Day 11- Spring Training Baseball). Therefore, on the 4th of July, I thought that going to a Riverhounds game would be a good way to enjoy the holiday and watch the fireworks since the stadium is located along the river with a perfect view of the city.
I learned that Pittsburgh’s first soccer team, the Beadling, was formed in 1898 by the coal mining and steel working immigrants. In 1911, the Beadling became part of the first formal soccer league, the Pittsburgh Press League. Popular in the 1980’s, I remember hearing about the Pittsburgh Spirit, an indoor soccer team. We now have the Riverhounds which was established in l999. (soccer history of Pittsburgh)
I know very little about the game of soccer but luckily my friend used to play in school and was a good guide for the game. I enjoyed the fancy foot work and head bumping of the ball. However, I sat through (2) two (45) forty-five minute periods and the score was still 0 to 0! Like hockey, soccer is fast paced and my friend explained that these games are not high scoring, but one (1) goal would have amplified the game for me.
The best part was the location of this beautiful soccer field where the city skyline is the backdrop to the action. A Riverhounds game is also a good family evening that does not break your piggy bank, (tickets range from $ 13 to $50), and there is not a bad seat in the house. After the game, you can meet the players and get autographs. We even got a free Riverhound tee-shirt! I love free stuff.
Going to see the Riverhounds was a nice evening out but I am not sure that I am a fan yet. It was a long wait without a score for either team. The jury is out until I see some points on the board.Spiritual Reflection
(The Lord) is patient for your sake.He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9
Posted by Cindy Marie