Bob Lilley has about a week and a half left to shape up his roster. One of his first moves in finishing that roster was acquiring Ben Lundgaard on loan from the Columbus Crew SC.
Lundgaard’s loan is reportedly for the entire 2019 season.
Selected with the No. 21 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, Lundgaard featured in college for Virginia Tech. The 6’5 goalkeeper made 70 appearances, starting all matches. Lundgaard made 312 saves and recorded 23 shut outs. His saves are the third-most by a goalkeeper at Virginia Tech and ninth-most in ACC history.
In college, he was named to the First Team All-ACC and Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Second Team in 2017.
Last season, he was part of the IndyEleven program in the USL. However, he did not make a single appearance for the club. He also hasn’t made an appearance for the Crew.
Lundgaard has split time in-between the sticks this preseason with fellow goalkeeper Kyle Morton. Riverhounds SC head coach Bob Lilley said that he “expects” a solid, strong goalkeeper tandem between Lundgaard and Morton.
“Ben is a big keeper with a lot of athleticism, and we’re excited to have him for the 2019 season,” Lilley said. “We are appreciative of Columbus for this loan.”
Riverhounds SC sign Sammy Kahsai
However, Lundgaard wasn’t the only pick up by the Hounds this week.
On Monday, the club announced the signing of Sammy Kahsai, a midfielder who has been on trial with the Hounds since the second week of preseason camp. Kahsai signed a one-year contract with a club option for 2020. Lilley also mentioned that he was part of December’s open tryouts.
Kahsai spent three years at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He made 47 appearances, starting 39 matches. The midfielder recorded eight goals and two assists in his college career.
However, his first year of college was at Washington Adventist University, where he scored 14 goals. He is a former product of the D.C. United Academy, where he remained from 2013-14.
“Sammy was able to make an impression at our open and invite combines and has continued to grow in training camp,” Lilley said. “His technical ability and feel for the game are strong suits that will help him adapt to this level.”
Now, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC have 17 players under contract. There are still spots to filled, so be on the lookout for additional signings.
Goalkeepers: Kyle Morton, Ben Lundgaard
Defenders: Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover, Joe Greenspan, Ryan James, Caleb Smith
Midfielders: Mouhamed Dabo, Kenardo Forbes, Noah Franke, Sammy Kahsai, Kevin Kerr, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Anthony Velarde
Forwards: Neco Brett, Steevan Dos Santos, Christian Volesky
Looking forward to Matchday One
Pittsburgh will kick off its 20th season on March 16. However, there’s still one more round of preseason matches to go.
On Saturday, Pittsburgh will take on Toronto FC II. This club is familiar with Pittsburgh, as they used to run the same circles in the USL. However, with the new construction of the league, Toronto FC II sits in the League One portion of the USL. Meanwhile, the Riverhounds SC compete in the USL Championship.
Saturday’s match is slated to begin at 2 p.m. ET.
The official regular-season kicks off on March 16 down in Tampa, as the Riverhounds will face the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Pittsburgh CW channel.
Meanwhile, the Riverhounds SC won’t be at home until April 13, when they host new club Hartford Athletic at Highmark Stadium.
PHOTO: Ben Lundgaard training with the Columbus Crew SC. He was recently loaned from Columbus to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, March 6. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Crew SC.
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