Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Full namePittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club
Nickname(s)The Hounds[1]
Founded1999; 23 years ago (1999)[2][3]
StadiumHighmark Stadium
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[4]
Capacity5,000[4]
OwnerTuffy Shallenberger[5]
Head coachBob Lilley
LeagueUSL Championship[6]
20213rd, Atlantic Division
5th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Qualified but withdrew
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is an American professional soccer team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1999[7] and beginning play in 1999,[8] the club plays in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid.[9] Since 2013, the Riverhounds have played their home games at the 5,000-seat Highmark Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Station Square.[10] Their current head coach is Bob Lilley.[11] Saint Lucian international David Flavius currently holds the club records for most appearances and goals which he set over his eight seasons with the Riverhounds between 1999 and 2006.[12] In June 2017, the Riverhounds entered into a developmental partnership with the Ocean City Nor'easters of the Premier Development League, running through the 2018 season.[13]

In 2013, the Riverhounds organization announced its intentions to join Major League Soccer by 2023;[14] but have never submitted a formal bid during any of the league's rounds of expansion.[15] Highmark Stadium initially seated 3,500 spectators, though the stadium is designed to be capable of being expanded to 18,500.[16][17]

History

Main article: History of Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

Colors and badge

Originally, the Riverhounds' colors were predominantly red with smaller amounts of black and white. Pittsburgh-based BD&E designed the original logo. The firm made a strategic decision not to make the club's colors black and gold. The choice meant the Hounds would not align with the region's established professional sports identity but would allow the soccer fans' jerseys to stand out in a Pittsburgh crowd.[18] The club adopted new colors, predominantly blue with white and black added, before the start of the 2008 season to honor their academy and training partnership with Everton. The use of blue was also an allusion to the blue collar populace of Pittsburgh.[19][20] Beginning in 2014, the Riverhounds began wearing black and gold uniforms more regularly, aligning the club with the colors representative of Pittsburgh's other professional sports teams. Blue and black kits continued to be worn as an alternate third version.[21]

On February 16, 2018, the Riverhounds unveiled a new crest as part of its rebranding.[22] The new crest incorporates traditional Pittsburgh sports colors with important symbols of the city such as bridges and rivers. The crest was designed by Oregon-based graphic designer Brian Gundell.[23]

Sponsorship

Very early Riverhounds kit by Umbro (left) and 2013/2014 secondary kit by Nike (right)
Very early Riverhounds kit by Umbro (left) and 2013/2014 secondary kit by Nike (right)
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1999–2000 Umbro
2001–2004 Adidas
2005–2006 Select Toyota
2008–2010 ACES, Inc.
2011–2012 Umbro #1 Cochran
2013–2014 Nike[24]
2015–2017 AHN
2018–2021 Adidas[25]
2022–present AHN (home)
84 Lumber[26] (away)

Stadium

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has played at Highmark Stadium, a 5,000 seat soccer-specific stadium in Station Square, since 2013. The stadium is owned and operated by the Riverhounds organization.[29]

Supporters

In November 2007, the first supporters group of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was formed, The Steel Army. The Steel Army held their first meeting at Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh's South Side. The group started as 5–10 local people interested in supporting the reorganized Riverhounds Soccer Club and in supporting the efforts of growing the sport of soccer in Western Pennsylvania as well.[30]

Members are from Pittsburgh and nearby states like Ohio and distant states such as Oregon and Florida. Membership in the Steel Army is also international. Members have joined from Portsmouth, Sunderland and Surrey in the U.K., Bray in the Republic of Ireland, and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.[30]

The section of Highmark Stadium where the Steel Army stands and supports the Riverhounds is located at the South Gate end of the stadium. The terrace there holds 1,000 supporters. On August 1, 2015, the supporters' section was renamed the Paul Child Stand in honor of Pittsburgh soccer legend Paul Child.[31] The Steel Army had fierce rivalries with United Soccer League clubs Penn FC (Sons of Susquehanna) and the Rochester Rhinos (Oak Street Brigade) before both clubs moved to USL League One.[30][32]

Players and staff

Current roster

As of March 25, 2022[33]
No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Kevin Silva  United States
2 DF Nathan Dossantos  Canada
3 DF Shane Wiedt  United States
4 DF Dani Rovira  Colombia
5 DF Mekeil Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
6 MF Angelo Kelly  Honduras
7 FW Alex Dixon  United States
8 FW William Eyang  Cameroon
9 FW Albert Dikwa  Cameroon
10 FW Russell Cicerone  United States
11 MF Kenardo Forbes  Jamaica
12 MF Danny Griffin  United States
13 DF Luke Biasi  United States
15 DF Arturo Ordoñez  Spain
16 DF Toby Sims  England
18 MF Marc Ybarra  United States
19 FW Wyatt Borso  United States
21 MF Luis Argudo  United States
22 DF Robby Dambrot  United States
23 DF Jesse Williams  Trinidad and Tobago
26 GK Jahmali Waite  United States
27 DF Jelani Peters  Trinidad and Tobago
29 FW Dane Kelly  Jamaica
31 GK Chase Vosvick  United States
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Team management

Front Office
Owner Tuffy Shallenberger
President Vic Gregovits
Coaching Staff
Head coach Bob Lilley
Assistant coach Dan Visser
Goalkeeping coach Michael Behonick
Riverhounds Development Academy
Academy director Scott Gibson
Academy East director James Meara
Director of goalkeeping Hunter Gilstrap
Director of coaching, East Sterling Flunder
RDA coaches Greg Annan
Nikola Katic
Kevin Kerr
Dave Nicholas
Stephen Okai
Rob Vincent
RDA East coaches Ryan Bradley
Denny Marzano
Brad Smith

Last updated: October 4, 2019
Source: [1]

Honors

Record

Main article: List of Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC seasons

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Riverhounds. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC seasons.

Season League Position Playoffs USOC Continental Average attendance Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts PPG Conf. Overall Name Goals
2016[34] 3 USL 30 6 17 7 31 50 –19 25 0.83 13th 27th DNQ R2 DNQ
2,494[35]
United States Corey Hertzog 13
2017[34] 2 USL 32 8 12 12 33 42 –9 36 1.13 13th 23rd R2
2,639[36]
United States Corey Hertzog 14
2018[34] USL 34 15 5 14 47 26 +21 59 1.74 3rd 8th R1 R3
2,401[37]
Jamaica Neco Brett 15
2019[34] USLC 34 19 4 11 58 30 +28 68 2.00 1st 2nd QF R4
3,729[38]
Jamaica Neco Brett 14
2020[34] USLC 16 11 4 1 39 10 +29 34 2.13 3rd 5th R1 NH N/A Ghana Ropapa Mensah 6
2021 USLC 32 17 8 7 52 34 +18 58 1.63 5th 7th R1 NH 3,132 United States Russell Cicerone 16

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in league, league playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.

See also

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