The Pittsburgh Riverhounds roster is taking shape.
Head coach Bob Lilley announced three signings — including the return of a familiar face.
Ben Fitzpatrick featured for the Riverhounds a total of nine times in 2017, including four starts. Last season, Fitzpatrick, a midfielder, recorded four shots with three registering as on goal.
Fitzpatrick also featured on defense, recording 11 clearances, two blocks and 15 interceptions.
Fitzpatrick’s 2017 season was his rookie year, after a college career at Urbana University from 2013-15. Fitzpatrick spent his final year of college soccer at Ohio State University.
The re-signing of Fitzpatrick wasn’t guaranteed during the offseason. Instead, he featured in the Riverhounds’ open tryouts on January 11-12.
“Ben was consistently dangerous throughout the combine and showed a creative flair that we’re looking to incorporate into our team,” Lilley said.
Fitzpatrick signed a one-year contract, as well as goalkeepers Mike Kirk and Kyle Morton.
The Riverhounds now have three goalkeepers on their roster, as Kirk and Morton join Dan Lynd. Morton and Lynd featured together last year on Lilley’s Rochester Rhino roster.
Morton did not feature in any matches for the Rhinos last season, while Kirk did not feature in any matches for the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.
“Mike and Kyle really stood out to us among the group of four keepers during the combine,” Lilley said. “With Dan, this is a very strong trio that are all young and have bright futures. We certainly expect to have heavy competition in training camp.”
In addition to the three signings, Lilley announced that a crop of players that featured in the Riverhounds combine would be invited for preseason training camp.
Training begins on Feb. 5.
“The group we signed from our combine were solid throughout,” Lilley said. “We’re excited and made it a point to get them on board right away. It will also be interesting to have a number of trialists from our combine invited into preseason to show what they can do against our contracted guys.”
Current Riverhounds Roster:
The Riverhounds roster now consists of six returners and seven new Hounds.
Forwards include Kay Banjo and Romeo Parkes; midfielders are Ben Fitzpatrick, Kenardo Forbes, Christiano François and Kevin Kerr; defenders are Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover, Joe Greenspan and Raymond Lee; while goalkeepers are made up of Kirk, Lynd and Morton.
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