Rob Vincent

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Rob Vincent
Rob Vincent 2015.JPG
Vincent with Riverhounds, 2015
Personal information
Full name Robert Vincent
Date of birth (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current team
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (academy coach)
Youth career
1997–2000 Everton
2000–2005 Crewe Alexandra
2005–2009 Stockport County
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Charleston Golden Eagles 80 (36)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 West Virginia Chaos 23 (11)
2012 Carolina Dynamo 2 (0)
2013–2015 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 78 (24)
2016–2017 D.C. United 22 (2)
2016Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) 1 (1)
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:14, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

Rob Vincent (born 26 October 1990) is a retired English footballer who last played for D.C. United in Major League Soccer. He is currently a coach at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy and also plays amateur football for Tartan Devils Oak Avalon.



Vincent in 2014

Vincent spent time with Everton and Crewe Alexandra as a youth from 1997–2000 and 2000–2005, respectively. At age 17 he was watched by scouts from the England setup.[1] He played for the Stockport County youth academy from 2005 to 2009, contributing eight goals until injury in pre-season 2008.[2] At the end of his youth contract, he was not offered a professional contract, and moved on to study for a degree while playing college soccer in the United States.[3]

College and amateur[edit]

Vincent played for the University of Charleston where he was named the 2009 WVIAC Freshman of the Year.[4] He became a team captain for the Golden Eagles in the 2010 season. During his time at UC, Vincent was part of a team that won 4 consecutive conference titles, and went to the NCAA Division II National Tournament on 3 occasions.[5] In his time at UC, he scored 9 goals in each of his 4 years; a total of 36 career goals as well as 25 assists.[6] Vincent won Conference Player of the Year honours in 2010 and 2012.[7] He also was named as a Division II All-American in each of his four years at UC.[8]

Vincent signed with the West Virginia Chaos of the USL Premier Development League, the fourth level of the United States soccer pyramid, in 2010 after an impressive freshman campaign at UC. However, he struggled with injury for much of the season and only played in 7 games, contributing 2 goals.[9]

He returned to the Chaos for the 2011 season, this time as the youngest team captain in the franchise history. He played every minute of the 16 league games, scoring 9 goals and adding 6 assists along the way.[10]

In 2012, he trained with Michigan Bucks before transferring to Carolina Dynamo, also of the PDL. In his one season with the club, Vincent played a total of 72 minutes in two appearances.[11]


During his final semester of college, Vincent contacted the Pittsburgh Riverhounds requesting a trial. After impressing the coaching staff during pre-season, Vincent signed a professional contract with the Riverhounds in April 2013.[3] Although he did not appear in the match, Vincent was on the bench for the season opener against the Richmond Kickers on 6 April 2013.[12] Vincent made his first professional appearance, coming on as a late substitute in the Riverhounds' 1–2 defeat at Dayton Dutch Lions.[13] Vincent scored his first professional goal on 23 June 2013 in a 4–1 victory over Antigua Barracuda.[14] He scored his second goal on 2 August 2013 in a 2–1 victory over VSI Tampa Bay FC.[15] Vincent finished his rookie season with three goals and one assist, participating in 23 of the club's 26 league matches.[16]

Tifo honouring Vincent during the 2015 US Open Cup match against D.C. United

On 14 March 2014, it was announced that Vincent would be returning for the 2014 USL Pro season after an impressive rookie campaign. About resigning Vincent, Riverhounds head coach Justin Evans said, "Robbie Vincent has had the most impressive off-season body of work that I have seen in a very long time...I am excited to see how this work will translate onto the playing field throughout the season."[17] During Vincent's second year with the club, he again scored three goals and tallied an assist in 28 league matches.[18]

Before the 2015 USL season, it was announced that Vincent had signed a contract extensive which would see him remain at the club through the 2016 season.[19] During the 2015 preseason, Vincent scored three goals in the Riverhounds' first two matches.[20] Vincent then scored a hat-trick in Pittsburgh final preseason match, a 5-1 victory over the Charleston Golden Eagles, his alma mater.[21] He continued his impressive performances into the regular season, tallying two goals and two assists in Pittsburgh's 5-2 opening day victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders.[22] On matchday six, Vincent scored another brace, this time against Toronto FC II, earning him league Team of the Week honors as the Riverhounds earned the 5–1 victory.[23] Vincent was named to the Team of the Week again the following week after his third 2-goal match of the season against New York Red Bulls II. Vincent's six goals made him the league leader in goals at that time.[24] Vincent scored the team's game-winning goal of a 3–0 victory over the West Virginia Chaos on 20 May 2015 to open Pittsburgh's 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign.[25] In the next round, Vincent scored the game-winner again, this time in stoppage time, as the Riverhounds defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League 1–0, setting up an encounter with D.C. United of Major League Soccer at Highmark Stadium in the fourth round.[26] Three days later on May 30, 2015, Vincent scored his fourth brace of the season in what a columnist called the "club's greatest ever game" as the team scored three goals in stoppage time for a 6–5 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders. Vincent's goals included the team's first tally to begin the comeback from three goals down and the game-tying goal in stoppage time.[27] For his performance, Vincent was named the USL Player of the Week.[28] On 17 June 2015, Vincent scored his third goal in his third U.S. Open Cup match of the year. Vincent converted the penalty to draw level with D.C. United 1–1 but the team would ultimately lose 1–3 after D.C. scored two goals in the two extra periods.[29] On 1 August 2016, Vincent scored his first competitive professional hat-trick as the Riverhounds defeated the Wilmington Hammerheads 3–0. With the three goals, Vincent returned to the top of the league scoring charts with 16 goals in 20 league matches.[30] His 16-goal total put him within four goals of the USL single-season scoring record of 20 set by Kevin Molino the previous season.[31] Vincent was named the USL Player of the Week for the second time following his three-goal performance against the Hammerheads.[32] With 17 goals, Vincent moved into the top five single-season scorers in league history with five matches remaining in the season.[33] Vincent ultimately finished the season as the league's third highest scorer with 18 goals, despite playing in the midfield.[34] He was later named a member of the USL All-League first team for the 2015 season.[35]

In the 2015 off season, Vincent went on trial with D.C. United of Major League Soccer.[36] The week-long training stint ended without a contract offer.[37] However, in January 2016 Vincent was on trial with the club again as part of its preseason work ahead of the 2016 season.[38] He featured in United's first match of the preseason, a 0–1 defeat to IF Elfsborg of the Allsvenskan, the top flight of Swedish football.[39]

On 17 February 2016, it was announced that D.C. United and the Riverhounds had completed a transfer for Vincent. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.[40] Vincent had made 88 appearances and 28 in all competition during his time in Pittsburgh. His 24 league goals made him the team's top scorer in the modern USL era (since 2011) at that time.[41] Vincent made his competitive debut for D.C. United on 23 February in a 0–2 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League match against Querétaro F.C. of Mexico. He came on as a 57th-minute substitute for Chris Rolfe.[42]

On 25 May 2016 it was announced that Vincent was loaned back to the Riverhounds for one match, a 4 June contest against the Charleston Battery.[43] He scored the Riverhounds' only goal of the 1–2 defeat and was named the Player of the Game for his performance.[44]

Vincent finished the 2016 MLS season with 20 appearances and 2 goals this included starting the last 10 regular season games as D.C. United made a late push into the playoffs. He made his first MLS playoff appearance in a season ending 2-4 loss to Montreal Impact on October 27, 2016.[45]

In 2017 he suffered a knee injury in the second match of the season against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on 12 March 2017. He subsequently underwent surgery but suffered a blood clot during recovery.[46] He ultimately missed the remainder of the 2017 season. On November 28, 2017 his contract option with United was declined.[47]

Coaching career[edit]

In March 2018 Vincent announced his retirement from football as a result of his last knee injury. He was immediately announced as a coach for the Riverhounds SC academy.[48]


Vincent holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[49]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 June 2016
Club League Division Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Virginia Chaos PDL IV 2010[50] 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
2011[51] 16 9 0 0 0 0 16 9
Carolina Dynamo PDL IV 2012[52] 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Pittsburgh Riverhounds USL III 2013[53] 23 3 2 0 0 0 25 3
2014[18] 28 3 3 1 0 0 31 4
2015[54] 27 18 3 3 0 0 30 21
D.C. United MLS I 2016[55] 19 2 0 0 2 0 21 2
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) USL III 2016[56] 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
D.C. United MLS I 2017[55] 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 125 38 8 4 2 0 135 42



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  5. ^ West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – WVIAC Men's Soccer Regular Season & Tournament Champions
  6. ^
  7. ^ West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – WVIAC Men's Soccer Yearly Award Winners
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  49. ^
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  53. ^ "2013 Stats". Retrieved 29 March 2015.
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