New England Revolution Will Host Pittsburgh Riverhounds in U.S. Open Cup Round of 32
Some familiar faces will make their return to Foxboro when Pittsburgh meets the Revs.
Following their 2-1 victory over Hartford Athletic in Round Three of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the New England Revolution learned who their Round of 32 opponent would be as the drawing occurred on Thursday afternoon.
The Revolution were in group six alongside the New York Red Bulls, D.C. United, and USL Championship’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds. D.C. United did not apply to host, which gave the Revolution better odds to host. D.C. was the first envelope drawn as they drew into the A1 slot. The New York Red Bulls drew the H1 slot, which meant the Revs would face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The question now was who would host the Round of 32 matchup? A question quickly answered as the Revolution slotted into the H2 slot. That meant the Riverhounds will travel to Gillette Stadium to face the Revolution.
A date and time for the match have not been set, but when Pittsburgh does make the trek north, there will be some familiar names on the opposite side of the pitch for Revolution fans.
2021 MLS SuperDraft selection Edward Kizza has settled into Pittsburgh after spending the 2021 and 2022 seasons in New England. Kizza bounced between Revs and Revs II in 2021, where he notched five goals and one assist over 1,270 minutes.
Kizza started the 2022 season with a loan to Memphis 901 FC before the Revolution recalled him and subsequently loaned him to Pittsburgh Riverhounds in July. The New England Revolution declined Edward Kizza’s option on October 13th as part of the year-end roster decisions. Kizza returned to Pittsburgh Riverhounds as he inked a one-year deal in January.
The Riverhounds also brought Revolution II alums Michael DeShields and Trevor Zwetsloot into the fold entering 2023. DeShields joined Revolution II in the offseason before Revs II's first MLS NEXT Pro campaign. He went on to appear in seventeen matches for Revs II, where he notched one assist over 1,008 minutes.
Like DeShields, Zwetsloot signed in the 2022 offseason and appeared in twenty-one games while clocking 1,411 minutes. The duo saw their Revolution II tenure end on December 9th, 2022, as the club declined their options. DeShields and Zwetsloot signed with Pittsburgh on February 28th and March 14th, respectively.