2014 Pittsburgh Riverhounds season

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Pittsburgh Riverhounds
2014 season
Chairman Jason Kutney
Manager Nikola Katic (interim)
Stadium Highmark Stadium
USL Pro 13th
U.S. Open Cup 4th Round
Top goalscorer League: Jose Angulo (8)
All: Jose Angulo (9)
Highest home attendance 3,902
(April 12 v. Wilmington)
Lowest home attendance 2,005
(June 11 v. Harrisburg)
Average home league attendance 2,791

The 2014 Pittsburgh Riverhounds season is the club's fifteenth season of existence. It is the Riverhounds' fourth season playing in the USL Professional Division. It is the second season the Riverhounds played at Highmark Stadium, a 3,500 capacity soccer specific stadium.

Background[edit]

After a modestly successful first season at Highmark Stadium, the Riverhounds, aided by investments of new majority owner Terry "Tuffy" Shallenberger, aimed to make headway on last season's 7th-place finish.

Pre-Season Activity[edit]

October[edit]

On October 29, the Riverhounds held a press conference to announce the re-signings of two players:

November[edit]

  • On November 5, the Riverhounds announced the signing of veteran Joseph Ngwenya from Richmond.[3]
  • On November 7, an ad in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirmed the signing of Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Obodai.[4]
  • On November 26, the Riverhounds officially formed an affiliate partnership with Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, becoming the fifth USL club to have an MLS affiliate. The partnership will be effective immediately, and "will enable the Dynamo to loan a minimum of four MLS-contracted players to Pittsburgh for the 2014 USL PRO season."[5]

February[edit]

March[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

USL Pro[edit]

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Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Orlando City (CC) 28 19 5 4 56 24 +32 62 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Sacramento Republic FC (A) 28 17 4 7 49 28 +21 55 Playoffs
3 LA Galaxy II (A) 28 15 6 7 54 38 +16 51
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 28 13 12 3 53 28 +25 51
5 Charleston Battery (A) 28 11 8 9 36 31 +5 41
6 Rochester Rhinos (A) 28 10 8 10 29 25 +4 38
7 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 28 9 11 8 35 33 +2 38
8 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 28 10 7 11 45 46 −1 37
9 Arizona United SC 28 10 5 13 32 47 −15 033
10 Oklahoma City Energy FC 28 9 5 14 32 37 −5 32
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 9 5 14 35 49 −14 32
12 Charlotte Eagles 28 9 4 15 33 40 −7 31
13 Orange County Blues FC 28 9 1 18 31 54 −23 28
14 Dayton Dutch Lions 28 6 4 18 28 63 −35 22

Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification:1st Head-to-head; 2nd number of matches won; 3rd goal difference.
(CC) = Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record); (A) = Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (D) = Divisional winners.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the USL Pro Playoffs, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.
Standings updated as of September 7, 2014
Arizona was deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on June 21 against LA Galaxy II.[10][11]


U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Squad Information[edit]

  • Statistics up to date as of 8/29*
No. Nat. Player Birthday Previous club 2014 USL Pro appearances 2014 USL Pro goals 2014 Open Cup Goals
Goalkeepers
0 United States Greg Blum (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 28) United States Slippery Rock University 3 0 0
1 United States Hunter Gilstrap (1983-04-17) April 17, 1983 (age 34) United States Cleveland City Stars 7 0 0
30 United States Michael Lisch (1990-08-30) August 30, 1990 (age 27) United States Houston Dynamo 17 0 0
Defenders
3 United States Brian Fekete (1991-04-06) April 6, 1991 (age 26) United States Orlando City SC 10 2 0
4 Croatia Nikola Katic (1986-06-01) June 1, 1986 (age 31) United States Springfield Demize 0 0 0
5 United States Sterling Flunder (1986-02-14) February 14, 1986 (age 32) United States Portland Timbers U23s 23 0 0
8 United States Mike Green (1989-12-25) December 25, 1989 (age 28) United States New Mexico Lobos 25 4 0
15 United States Andrew Marshall (1984-01-17) January 17, 1984 (age 34) United States Harrisburg City Islanders 19 1 1
21 United States Anthony Arena (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 27) United States Houston Dynamo 14 0 0
26 United States Andrew Ribeiro (1990-10-22) October 22, 1990 (age 27) United States Chivas USA 5 0 0
Midfielders
2 England Rob Vincent (1990-10-26) October 26, 1990 (age 27) United States University of Charleston 26 3 1
9 Canada Miroslav Čabrilo (1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 25) United States Robert Morris Colonials 10 1 0
10 Scotland Kevin Kerr (1989-01-12) January 12, 1989 (age 29) Germany SC Wiedenbrück 2000 22 4 1
11 United States Alfonso Motagalvan (1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 (age 31) United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers 17 1 0
13 Zimbabwe Joseph Ngwenya (1981-03-30) March 30, 1981 (age 36) United States Richmond Kickers 20 1 0
14 United States Seth C'deBaca (1988-04-28) April 28, 1988 (age 29) United States D.C. United U-23 17 0 0
16 Republic of Ireland Danny Earls (1989-04-22) April 22, 1989 (age 28) United States Rochester Rhinos 25 1 1
20 United States Matthew Dallman (1985-03-09) March 9, 1985 (age 32) Germany Sportfreunde Siegen 26 0 0
22 United States Brian Ownby (1990-06-16) June 16, 1990 (age 27) United States Houston Dynamo 5 1 0
23 Ghana Anthony Obodai (1982-08-06) August 6, 1982 (age 35) United States Arizona United SC 16 0 0
Forwards
6 Canada Mackenzie Pridham (1990-08-13) August 13, 1990 (age 27) United States Minnesota United FC 5 1 0
7 Jamaica Jason Johnson (1990-10-09) October 9, 1990 (age 27) United States Houston Dynamo 11 1 0
12 United States Mike Seth (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 30) United States Colorado Rapids U-23 7 0 0
17 Colombia Jhonny Arteaga (1986-11-24) November 24, 1986 (age 31) United States New York Red Bulls 8 1 1
18 Colombia Jose Angulo (1988-01-13) January 13, 1988 (age 30) United States New York Red Bulls 21 8 1
25 Netherlands Collins John (1985-10-17) October 17, 1985 (age 32) Poland Piast Gliwice 11 4 1
26 United States Bryan Salazar (1994-10-17) October 17, 1994 (age 23) United States Houston Dynamo 1 0 0

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Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred From Date Source
13 FW Zimbabwe Joseph Ngwenya United States Richmond Kickers November 5, 2013 [3]
23 MF Ghana Anthony Obodai United States Phoenix FC November 7, 2013 [4]
3 DF United States Brian Fekete United States Orlando City March 3, 2014 [14]
25 FW Netherlands Collins John Poland Piast Gliwice March 20, 2014 [7]

Out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred To Date Source
6 MF United States Rich Costanzo Retired [15]
13 MF United States Louie Rolko Retired [16]

Loan In[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned From Date Source
7 FW Jamaica Jason Johnson United States Houston Dynamo March 24, 2014 [17]
21 DF United States Anthony Arena United States Houston Dynamo March 24, 2014 [17]
26 FW United States Bryan Salazar United States Houston Dynamo March 24, 2014 [17]
22 MF United States Brian Ownby United States Houston Dynamo April 4, 2014 [18]
30 GK United States Michael Lisch United States Houston Dynamo April 4, 2014 [18]
6 FW Canada Mackenzie Pridham United States Minnesota United July 21, 2014 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riverhounds set course for the future | TribLIVE
  2. ^ United Soccer Leagues (USL) Archived October 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b United Soccer Leagues (USL)
  4. ^ a b http://steelarmypgh.com/2013/11/hounds-sign-anthony-obodai/
  5. ^ http://www.houstondynamo.com/news/2013/11/houston-dynamo-announce-affiliate-partnership-pittsburgh-riverhounds-usl-pro
  6. ^ http://triblive.com/sports/otherlocal/5556608-74/season-riverhounds-seth#axzz2saETni00
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  8. ^ http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/5842669-74/stadium-bankruptcy-million#axzz3WIkN3jVt
  9. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2014/8969532.html#
  10. ^ "Arizona United SC deducted two league points". Arizona United SC. July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Arizona United SC Deducted 2 Points". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ The game began late after a long rain delay and was eventually cut short by the inclement weather in the 49th minute.
  13. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2013/8969532.html#STATS
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/Feks14
  15. ^ http://www.whirlmagazine.com/whirl-magazine-13-under-30-2014/
  16. ^ http://www.bwyellowjackets.com/sports/wsoc/2013-14/releases/rolko_senior_assistant
  17. ^ a b c http://boxscorenews.com/houston-dynamo-loan-three-players-to-usl-pro-affiliate-pittsburgh-riverhoun-p76344-68.htm
  18. ^ a b http://www.dynamotheory.com/2014/4/4/5579540/houston-dynamo-loanees-travel-to-richmond-kickers
  19. ^ http://www.mnunitedfc.com/news/detail/uuid/d4udkroks5yi1ui9psiytrd6d/mackenzie-pridham-loaned-to-pittsburgh-riverhounds#.U_-GGLywLb4