2019 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC season

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Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
2019 season
OwnerTuffy Shallenberger
Head coachBob Lilley
USL ChampionshipConference: 1st (current)
U.S. Open CupFourth Round
(knocked out by Columbus Crew SC)
Top goalscorerLeague: Neco Brett (12)
All: Neco Brett (14)
Highest home attendance5,182
(April 13 vs. Hartford)
Lowest home attendance444
(May 29 vs. Indy, USOC)
Average home league attendance3,397
Biggest win5–0
(June 15 at Atlanta)
Biggest defeat0–5
(August 17 at North Carolina)
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The 2019 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC season is the club's twentieth season of existence, their second consecutive season in the second tier of American soccer, and their ninth season in the league now named the USL Championship. The season covers the period from October 21, 2018 to the beginning of the 2020 USL Championship season. Bob Lilley returns for his second season as Riverhounds manager.

Roster[edit]

As of match played October 1, 2019[1]
No. Name Nationality Position(s) Date of birth (age) Signed in Previous club Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Kyle Morton United States GK (1994-03-31) March 31, 1994 (age 25) 2018 United States Rochester Rhinos 26 0
22 Ben Lundgaard United States GK (1995-09-02) September 2, 1995 (age 24) 2019 United States Columbus Crew SC (loan) 4 0
23 Austin Pack United States GK (1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 25) 2019 United States Portland Timbers 2 7 0
Defenders
2 Tobi Adewole United States DF (1995-10-14) October 14, 1995 (age 24) 2017 United States George Washington Colonials 74 3
3 Uchenna Uzo Nigeria DF (1992-12-27) December 27, 1992 (age 26) 2019 United States Phoenix Rising 9 0
4 Dani Rovira Colombia DF (1996-12-15) December 15, 1996 (age 22) 2019 United States Vermont Catamounts 9 0
5 Jordan Dover Guyana DF (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 24) 2018 United States Rochester Rhinos 55 3
7 Ryan James Canada DF (1994-04-21) April 21, 1994 (age 25) 2019 United States Nashville SC 33 0
13 Caleb Smith United States DF (1996-10-15) October 15, 1996 (age 23) 2019 United States SMU Mustangs 1 0
19 Prosper Figbe Nigeria DF (1996-10-30) October 30, 1996 (age 22) 2019 United States Virginia Cavaliers 0 0
20 Joseph Greenspan United States DF (1992-09-12) September 12, 1992 (age 27) 2018 United States Minnesota United 65 7
26 Todd Pratzner United States DF (1994-08-10) August 10, 1994 (age 25) 2019 United States Memphis 901 21 0
Midfielders
6 Sammy Kahsai Ethiopia MF (1995-03-05) March 5, 1995 (age 24) 2019 United States UMBC Retrievers 16 1
10 Kevin Kerr Scotland MF (1989-01-12) January 12, 1989 (age 30) 2013 Germany SC Wiedenbrück 191 32
11 Kenardo Forbes Jamaica MF (1988-05-15) May 15, 1988 (age 31) 2018 United States Rochester Rhinos 68 9
14 Noah Franke United States MF (1995-03-25) March 25, 1995 (age 24) 2018 United States Creighton Bluejays 29 0
15 Anthony Velarde United States MF (1996-03-08) March 8, 1996 (age 23) 2019 United States Fresno Pacific Sunbirds 27 4
17 Thomas Vancaeyezeele French Guiana MF (1994-07-27) July 27, 1994 (age 25) 2018 United States Charleston Golden Eagles 67 5
21 Mouhamed Dabo Senegal MF (1996-01-02) January 2, 1996 (age 23) 2018 United States Harrisburg City Islanders 45 1
24 Robbie Mertz United States MF (1996-12-04) December 4, 1996 (age 22) 2019 United States Michigan Wolverines 27 6
Forwards
8 Steevan Dos Santos Cape Verde FW (1989-09-17) September 17, 1989 (age 30) 2019 Canada Ottawa Fury FC 33 9
9 Neco Brett Jamaica FW (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 27) 2018 United States Portland Timbers 2 66 29
12 Christian Volesky United States FW (1992-09-15) September 15, 1992 (age 27) 2019 United States OKC Energy 25 3
16 Mark Forrest England FW (1996-12-03) December 3, 1996 (age 22) 2019 United States Lehigh Mountain Hawks 5 0

Non-competitive[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Riverhounds released their preseason schedule on January 18, 2019. The club played nine games in just over a month, with six coming against collegiate programs, one against a fellow USL Championship club, and two against clubs from USL League One. All nine games were played in Pittsburgh, with eight taking place at Highmark Stadium.[2]

Competitive[edit]

USL Championship[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (Q) 33 18 11 4 57 30 +27 65 Conference Quarterfinals
2 Nashville SC (Q) 33 19 7 7 56 26 +30 64
3 Indy Eleven (Q) 34 19 6 9 48 29 +19 63
4 Tampa Bay Rowdies (Q) 33 16 10 7 60 31 +29 58
5 New York Red Bulls II (Q) 33 17 6 10 71 44 +27 57
Updated to match(es) played on October 16, 2019. Source: USL Championship Standings
Rules for classification: 1) total wins; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) points earned against top four Conference finishers; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coin toss or drawing of lots
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678101112131415161718192021222324252627282993031323334
GroundAAAAHHHAHAHAHHHAHHAHHAAHAHHAAHAHAA
ResultLDDWWDDDDLDWWWWLDWWWWWLWWDWDWWWD
Source: Pittsburgh schedule
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Match results[edit]

On December 14, 2018, the league announced the home openers for every club. Pittsburgh's home opener at Highmark Stadium will be played on April 13, as the six-year anniversary of the stadium's opening will be marked with a game against expansion club Hartford Athletic. The Riverhounds will also take part in the home opening matches for two other clubs, facing Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 16 and Swope Park Rangers on March 23.[3]

The full Riverhounds schedule was released on December 19, 2018. The season will once again consist of 34 matches, with home and away matches against each Eastern Conference opponent. The Riverhounds will face league newcomers Birmingham Legion FC, Hartford Athletic, Loudoun United FC, and Memphis 901 FC for the first time ever, and will renew their series with Saint Louis FC and Swope Park Rangers as those two clubs move back over from the Western Conference.[4]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

As a member of the USL Championship, the Riverhounds entered the tournament in the Second Round, to be played May 14, 2019.[7]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total USLC U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Kyle Morton 23 0 21 0 2 0
2 DF United States Tobi Adewole 33 2 29+1 2 3 0
3 DF Nigeria Uchenna Uzo 9 0 2+4 0 3 0
4 DF Colombia Dani Rovira 9 0 4+2 0 3 0
5 DF Guyana Jordan Dover 23 1 22 1 0+1 0
6 MF Ethiopia Sammy Kahsai 16 1 7+6 1 3 0
7 DF Canada Ryan James 33 0 28+3 0 2 0
8 FW Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos 33 9 25+5 9 1+2 0
9 FW Jamaica Neco Brett 30 14 24+4 12 2 2
10 MF Scotland Kevin Kerr 27 5 24+3 5 0 0
11 MF Jamaica Kenardo Forbes 34 5 28+3 4 1+2 1
12 FW United States Christian Volesky 25 3 9+15 3 1 0
13 DF United States Caleb Smith 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
14 MF United States Noah Franke 19 0 8+8 0 3 0
15 MF United States Anthony Velarde 27 4 11+13 3 3 1
16 FW England Mark Forrest 5 0 1+3 0 1 0
17 MF French Guiana Thomas Vancaeyezeele 32 2 28+1 2 2+1 0
19 DF Nigeria Prosper Figbe 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF United States Joseph Greenspan 31 4 28+1 4 2 0
21 MF Senegal Mouhamed Dabo 20 0 12+8 0 0 0
22 GK United States Ben Lundgaard 4 0 4 0 0 0
23 GK United States Austin Pack 7 0 6 0 1 0
24 MF United States Robbie Mertz 27 6 18+6 6 1+2 0
26 DF United States Todd Pratzner 3 0 2+1 0 0 0
Players who left Pittsburgh during the season:
33 MF United States Ethan Kutler 0 0 0 0 0 0

Source: Pittsburgh stats

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Pos. Name USLC U.S. Open Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
2 DF United States Tobi Adewole 2 1 0 0 2 1
4 DF Colombia Dani Rovira 1 0 0 0 1 0
5 DF Guyana Jordan Dover 5 0 0 0 5 0
6 MF Ethiopia Sammy Kahsai 1 0 0 0 1 0
7 DF Canada Ryan James 3 0 1 0 4 0
8 FW Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos 4 0 0 0 4 0
9 FW Jamaica Neco Brett 1 0 0 0 1 0
10 MF Scotland Kevin Kerr 2 0 0 0 2 0
11 MF Jamaica Kenardo Forbes 1 0 0 0 1 0
12 FW United States Christian Volesky 1 0 0 0 1 0
15 MF United States Anthony Velarde 2 0 0 0 2 0
16 FW England Mark Forrest 0 1 0 0 0 1
17 MF French Guiana Thomas Vancaeyezeele 2 1 0 0 2 1
20 DF United States Joseph Greenspan 5 1 1 0 6 1
21 MF Senegal Mouhamed Dabo 2 0 0 0 2 0
24 MF United States Robbie Mertz 5 0 0 0 5 0

Source: Pittsburgh stats

Clean sheets[edit]

No. Name USLC U.S. Open Cup Total Games Played
1 United States Kyle Morton 11 1 12 23
22 United States Ben Lundgaard 2 0 2 4
23 United States Austin Pack 2 1 3 7

Source: Pittsburgh stats

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pos. Player Transferred from Fee/Notes Date Source
DF Canada Ryan James United States Nashville SC One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Nov 28, 2018 [8]
FW Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos Canada Ottawa Fury FC One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Jan 8, 2019 [9]
MF United States Anthony Velarde United States Fresno Pacific Sunbirds One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Jan 14, 2019 [10]
FW United States Christian Volesky United States OKC Energy One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Feb 7, 2019 [11]
DF United States Caleb Smith United States SMU Mustangs One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Feb 22, 2019 [12]
MF Ethiopia Sammy Kahsai United States UMBC Retrievers One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 4, 2019 [13]
MF United States Ethan Kutler United States New York Red Bulls One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 8, 2019 [14]
DF United States Dani Rovira United States Vermont Catamounts One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 8, 2019 [14]
DF Nigeria Uchenna Uzo United States Phoenix Rising One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 8, 2019 [14]
DF Nigeria Prosper Figbe United States Virginia Cavaliers One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 29, 2019 [15]
FW England Mark Forrest United States Lehigh Mountain Hawks One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 29, 2019 [15]
MF United States Robbie Mertz United States Michigan Wolverines One-year contract with a club option for 2020. Mar 29, 2019 [15]
GK United States Austin Pack United States Portland Timbers 2 One-year contract with a club option for 2020. May 2, 2019 [16]
DF United States Todd Pratzner United States Memphis 901 Remainder of the 2019 USL Championship season. Sep 18, 2019 [17]

Loan in[edit]

Pos. Player Parent club Length/Notes Beginning End Source
GK United States Ben Lundgaard United States Columbus Crew SC Duration of the 2019 USL Championship season. Mar 6, 2019 [18]

Out[edit]

Pos. Player Transferred to Fee/Notes Date Source
FW United States Kay Banjo Contract expired. Nov 13, 2018 [19]
FW Jamaica Dennis Chin United States Richmond Kickers Contract option declined. Signed for Richmond on Jan 7, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][20]
MF United States Ben Fitzpatrick United States Cleveland SC Contract expired. Signed for Cleveland on May 14, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][21]
MF United States Bakie Goodman United States Detroit City Contract option declined. Signed for Detroit on Feb 4, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][22]
MF England Joe Holland United States Birmingham Legion Contract option declined. Signed for Birmingham on Nov 20, 2018. Nov 13, 2018 [19][23]
GK United States Nathan Ingham Canada York 9 Contract option declined. Signed for York on Apr 8, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][24]
GK United States Mike Kirk United States Lansing Ignite Contract option declined. Signed for Lansing for the 2019 USL League One season. Nov 13, 2018 [19][25]
DF United States Raymond Lee United States Hartford Athletic Contract option declined. Signed for Hartford on Jan 17, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][26]
DF United States Andrew Lubahn United States Loudoun United Contract option declined. Signed for Loudoun on Feb 16, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][27]
GK United States Daniel Lynd Contract option declined. Nov 13, 2018 [19]
FW Jamaica Romeo Parkes Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers Contract expired. Signed for Sligo on Jan 15, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][28]
DF United States Todd Pratzner United States Memphis 901 Contract option declined. Signed for Memphis on Dec 13, 2018. Nov 13, 2018 [19][29]
DF United States Hugh Roberts United States Charlotte Independence Contract option declined. Signed for Charlotte on Jan 10, 2019. Nov 13, 2018 [19][30]
MF United States Ben Zemanski Contract option declined. Retired. Nov 13, 2018 [19][31]
MF Haiti Christiano François Canada Ottawa Fury FC Pittsburgh receives an undisclosed transfer fee. Dec 3, 2018 [32]
MF United States Ethan Kutler No longer listed on roster. May 1, 2019 [1]

Awards[edit]

USLC Team of the Week
Week Starters Bench Opponent(s) Link
3 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Swope Park Rangers [1]
5 United States Joseph Greenspan Louisville City [2]
6 Scotland Kevin Kerr Hartford Athletic [3]
8 Canada Ryan James Nashville SC [4]
9 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Charleston Battery [5]
15 Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Atlanta United 2 [6]
16 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos New York Red Bulls II [7]
17 United States Robbie Mertz Scotland Kevin Kerr Birmingham Legion [8]
18 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Bethlehem Steel FC
Charlotte Independence
[9]
21 United States Anthony Velarde Hartford Athletic [10]
22 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Memphis 901 [11]
23 United States Robbie Mertz Swope Park Rangers [12]
24 United States Joseph Greenspan New York Red Bulls II
North Carolina FC
[13]
25 United States Kyle Morton Loudoun United [14]
26 Jamaica Neco Brett Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos Ottawa Fury FC [15]
28 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Charleston Battery [16]
29 United States Kyle Morton Nashville SC [17]
30 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes
United States Kyle Morton
Jamaica Neco Brett Memphis 901
Indy Eleven
[18]
USLC Player of the Week
Week Player Opponent Link
15 Cape Verde Steevan Dos Santos Atlanta United 2 [19]
26 Jamaica Neco Brett Ottawa Fury FC [20]
30 Jamaica Kenardo Forbes Memphis 901
Indy Eleven
[21]

Kits[edit]

Home
Away
Third
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Record
Home Gold Black Gold Match 2 vs. Swope Park / 5–6–2
Away Black/Gray Gray Gray Match 1 vs. Tampa Bay / 2–1–2
Third White White White Match 5 vs. Hartford / 12–3–1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Riverhounds staff (January 18, 2019). "Riverhounds SC announces 2019 preseason schedule". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Riverhounds staff (December 14, 2018). "Hounds to face Hartford Athletic in 2019 home opener". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Riverhounds staff (December 19, 2018). "Hounds' 2019 schedule unveiled". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Riverhounds staff (May 19, 2019). "Hounds match against Memphis postponed". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Riverhounds staff (May 28, 2019). "Hounds, Memphis 901 FC match rescheduled for September date". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Format and Schedule Finalized". USSoccer.com. United States Soccer Federation. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Riverhounds staff (November 28, 2018). "Hounds Sign Defender Ryan James". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Riverhounds staff (January 8, 2019). "Hounds sign forward Steevan Dos Santos". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Riverhounds staff (January 14, 2019). "Hounds sign midfielder/forward Anthony Velarde". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  11. ^ Riverhounds staff (February 7, 2019). "Riverhounds SC signs forward Christian Volesky". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Riverhounds staff (February 22, 2019). "Hounds sign defender Caleb Smith". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Riverhounds staff (March 4, 2019). "Riverhounds SC signs midfielder Sammy Kahsai". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c Riverhounds staff (March 8, 2019). "Hounds sign three trialists to 2019 roster". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c Riverhounds staff (April 2, 2019). "Hounds sign three players to 2019 roster". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  16. ^ Riverhounds staff (May 2, 2019). "Riverhounds SC signs goalkeeper Austin Pack". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  17. ^ Riverhounds staff (September 18, 2019). "Riverhounds SC signs defender Todd Pratzner". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
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  20. ^ Wood, Patrick (January 7, 2019). "Dennis Chin joins the Kickers for 2019". RichmondKickers.com. Richmond Kickers. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  21. ^ @SoccerCLE (May 14, 2019). "Excited to keep Ben with us for the rest of the season! #WeAreCLE" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ @DetroitCityFC (February 4, 2019). "Signed on for all of 2019. Welcome back home, @BakieGoodman10! #DCTID" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ Humphries, Clayton (November 20, 2018). "Legion FC Signs Midfielder Joseph Holland". BHMLegion.com. Birmingham Legion FC. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "York9 FC inks goalkeeper Nathan Ingham". York9FC.CanPL.ca. York 9 FC. April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  25. ^ "Lansing Ignite 2019 roster". LansingIgnite.com. Lansing Ignite FC. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  26. ^ Hartford Athletic (January 17, 2019). "Four Players Join Hartford Athletic". HartfordAthletic.com. Hartford Athletic. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  27. ^ "Loudoun United FC Signs Midfielder Andrew Lubahn". LoudounUnitedFC.com. Loudoun United FC. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  28. ^ "Sligo sign Jamaican international Parkes". RTE.ie. RTÉ Ireland. January 15, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  29. ^ USLChampionship.com staff (December 13, 2018). "Indy Eleven Signs Midfielder Hackshaw". USLChampionship.com. USL Championship. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  30. ^ Thomas, James (January 10, 2019). "Independence Ink Post-Season Veteran". CharlotteIndependence.com. Charlotte Independence. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  31. ^ @BenZemanski (May 26, 2019). "A decade I will cherish forever" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  32. ^ Riverhounds staff (December 3, 2018). "Hounds Sell Contract of Christiano Francois to Ottawa Fury FC". Riverhounds.com. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Retrieved February 11, 2019.