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Pittsburgh Riverhounds
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Full name Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Nickname(s) Riverhounds
The Hounds
Founded 1999
Stadium Highmark Stadium
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 3,500
Owner Terry "Tuffy" Shallenberger
(Majority)[1]
Technical Director Gene Klein
Head Coach Mark Steffens
League USL Pro
2014 Regular Season: 11th
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Pittsburgh Riverhounds is an American professional soccer team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1999, the club plays in the National Division of the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The Riverhounds play their home games at the 3,500-seat Highmark Stadium, located in Station Square. Their current head coach is Mark Steffens.[2] During the 2014 USL Pro season, the Riverhounds were the official USL Pro affiliate of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.[3] Since 2014, the Riverhounds have fielded a Premier Development League club, Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23, as part of its player development program.[4]

History[edit]

The Riverhounds were founded by Paul Heasley in 1999 as a member of the USL's A-League, now known as USL-1. They initially played their home games in Bethel Park, at Bethel Park High School's football stadium. That same year, the Riverhounds were named the A-League Organization of the Year. John Kowalski was the first head coach of the club; Justin Evans was the first player drafted to play for the Riverhounds. In their 1999 inaugural season, they advanced to the conference semi-finals in the A-league playoffs. Two years later in 2001, they reached the US Open Cup quarterfinals after beating the Colorado Rapids of the Major League Soccer and then-A-league opponent El Paso Patriots in their first two games, but the Hounds were eliminated in the quarterfinals by their second MLS opponent of the tournament, the Chicago Fire, in a two-overtime, 3–2 defeat. The Riverhounds have not reached that level of success since that time due in large part to undergoing multiple ownership and location changes.

In 2004, the club moved down to the USL's Second Division. The team also moved to Moon Township to play at Moon Area High School's football stadium for just one season. In December 2004, Heasley sold the team to Sports Facility LLC, owners of the Washington Wild Things baseball team of the Frontier League.[5] The Riverhounds played both the 2005 and 2006 seasons at the Wild Things' minor league baseball stadium, Consol Energy Park, on the outskirts of Washington, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Pittsburgh. The franchise continued to hold soccer academies and training to youth across the Tri-State Area, but did not play during the 2007 season due to a structural reorganization. During that hiatus, the Riverhounds were sold yet again to a new ownership group.

On October 29, 2007, the organization announced another venue change. Beginning with the 2008 season, Chartiers Valley High School's stadium, located just off the Kirwin Heights exit of Interstate 79 in Pittsburgh's South Hills, would be the new home of the Riverhounds.[6]

In 2012, the Riverhounds moved into their current home, Highmark Stadium, in Pittsburgh's SouthSide neighborhood.

The Riverhounds' games were broadcast from 2000 through 2002 on WPTT-AM (now WMNY-AM) and on Fox Sports Radio – WBBG-AM in 2003, and 2005 and 2006, and on WPIT-AM in 2008 by Chris Shovlin. Shovlin was partnered with former Riverhound midfielder Steve Bell on WPTT and with former assistant coach Paul Child on Fox Sports Radio. Shovlin and Bell won the 2003 Pittsburgh March of Dimes A.I.R. Award for Best Play-by-play. Shovlin also served as the team's Director of Publicity during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Only one jersey number, "99", has been officially retired by the Riverhounds. That honor was bestowed upon original owner Paul Heasley for founding the club in 1999.

The team filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization on March 26, 2014. They participated in the 2014 USL Pro season, finishing 11th. [7]

Long time Charlotte Eagles head coach Mark Steffens was hired as head coach of the Riverhounds on December 17, 2014. [8]

Colors and badge[edit]

The Riverhound colors – black, blue, and white – were adopted before the start of the 2008 season to honor their academy and training partnership with Everton FC of the Premier League.[9][10] The use of blue is an allusion to the blue collar populace of Pittsburgh.

The term "Riverhound" is derived from the expression "river dog," which refers to Pittsburgh's barge-workers. In fact, the team's mascot, AMO, is named for the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers.

Old Riverhounds crest

Stadium[edit]

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Future in Major League Soccer[edit]

The Riverhounds plan to join Major League Soccer within ten years from 2013. Highmark Stadium will initially seat 3,500 spectators, though the team plans for an eventual expansion to 18,500.[13][14]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Highmark Stadium & Riverhounds Season Opener

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 to support the efforts of growing the sport of soccer in Western Pennsylvania as well.

Members are not only from Pittsburgh but also from states as close as Ohio to states as far away as Oregon and Florida. Membership in the Steel Army is now even international with members joining the group from Sunderland and Surrey in the U.K., as well as Bray, in the Republic of Ireland, who will be following the Riverhounds from abroad.

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 502 supporters, with talks of possible expansion. The Steel Army has a fierce rivalry with fellow USL PRO clubs Harrisburg City Islanders (Sons of Susquehanna) and the Rochester Rhinos (Genesee Armada).

Broadcasting[edit]

All USL Pro matches during the 2014 USL Pro season will be streamed live and on-demand free at youtube.com.[15]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of March 24, 2014[16][17]

# Position Name Nation
0 Goalkeeper Greg Blum      United States
2 Midfielder Rob Vincent      England
4 Defender Nikola Katic      Croatia
5 Defender Sterling Flunder      United States
8 Midfielder Michael Green      United States
9 Forward Miroslav Čabrilo      Canada
10 Midfielder Kevin Kerr      Scotland
11 Midfielder Alfonso Motagalvan      United States
12 Forward Mike Seth      United States
13 Forward Joseph Ngwenya      Zimbabwe
14 Midfielder Seth C'deBaca      United States
15 Defender Andrew Marshall      United States
16 Midfielder Danny Earls      Ireland
17 Forward Jhonny Arteaga      Colombia
18 Forward José Angulo      Colombia
20 Midfielder Matthew Dallman      United States
23 Midfielder Anthony Obodai      Ghana
27 Midfielder Anthony Virgara      United States
Defender Anthony Arena      United States
Midfielder Stephen Okai      Ghana
Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson      Jamaica

Staff[edit]

  • United States Mark Steffens - Head Coach
  • Croatia Nikola KaticAssistant Coach
  • Netherlands Jeroen Walstra – Goalkeeper Coach
  • United States AJ Cubbison – Trainer
  • United States Mike Whiteman – Director of Sports Science
  • United States Jason KutneyChief Executive Officer & Director of Youth Development
  • United States Gene Klein – Technical Director
  • United States Scott Gibson – Director of Academy Operations

Notable former players[edit]

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Head Coaches[edit]

Achievements[edit]

  • USL Pro Soccer League Atlantic Division Champions 2004

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
1999 2 USL A-League 4th, Northeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify 4,559
2000 2 USL A-League 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round 3,808
2001 2 USL A-League 3rd, Northern Quarterfinals Quarterfinals 3,226
2002 2 USL A-League 4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify 2,274
2003 2 USL A-League 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify 3rd Round 1,783
2004 3 USL Pro Soccer League 1st, Atlantic Semifinals Did not qualify 1,475
2005 3 USL Second Division 7th Did not qualify 1st Round 2,236
2006 3 USL Second Division 3rd Semifinals 1st Round 2,232
2007 On Hiatus
2008 3 USL Second Division 8th Did not qualify 2nd Round 1,258
2009 3 USL Second Division 8th Did not qualify 1st Round 1,178
2010 3 USL Second Division 3rd Semifinals 2nd Round 941
2011 3 USL Pro 4th, National Division Quarterfinals 2nd Round 1,127
2012 3 USL Pro 10th Did Not Qualify 2nd Round 984
2013 3 USL Pro 7th Quarterfinals 2nd Round 3,504
2014 3 USL Pro 11th Did Not Qualify 4th Round 2,686

Team records[edit]

League matches only, as of 7 September 2014[19]

Most goals[edit]

# Name Nation Career Goals Appearances
1 David Flavius  Saint Lucia 1999–2006 56 184
2 Thiago Martins  Brazil 2002–2003 30 33
3 José Angulo  Colombia 2013- 23 47
3 Phil Karn  United States 1999-2002 23 95
5 Michael Apple  United States 1999-2002, 2004, 2006 21 96
6 Said Ali  Jordan 2004-2005 15 19
7 Gary DePalma  United States 1999-2004 15 145
8 Justin Evans  United States 1999,2000,2001,2003, 2008-2009 14 101
9 Michael Butler  Liberia 1999,2000 14 37
10 Corey Woolfolk  United States 2003 8 26
11 Darren Amoo  Ghana 2012-2013 8 38
12 Tenywa Bonseu  Uganda 1999–2000, 2009 7 65

Most Appearances[edit]

League matches only, as of 7 September 2014[19]

# Name Nation Career Appearances
1 David Flavius  Saint Lucia 1999–2006 184
2 Gary DePalma  United States 1999-2004 147
3 Randy Dedini  United States 1999,2000, 2001-2003 115
4 Nathan Salsi  United States 2004–2006, 2008-2009 114
5 Sterling Flunder  United States 2010- 109
6 Jaman Tripoli  United States 1999-2003 107
7 Justin Evans  United States 1999,2000,2001,2003, 2008-2009 101
8 Jason Kutney  United States 2006, 2008-2013 100
9 Phil Karn  United States 1999-2002 98
10 Michael Apple  United States 1999-2002, 2004, 2006 97

Notable friendlies[edit]

History vs. Major League Soccer[edit]

  • 6/27/2001 – U.S. Open Cup (2nd Round) – Colorado Rapids 0 vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 (Bethel Park H.S. Stadium)
  • 7/24/2001 – U.S. Open Cup (Quarterfinals) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2 vs. Chicago Fire 3 (McCully Field)
  • 7/16/2003 – U.S. Open Cup (3rd Round) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 vs. D.C. United 2 (Maryland Soccerplex)
  • 6/18/2014 - U.S. Open Cup (4th Round) - Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1 vs. Chicago Fire 2 (Toyota Park)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NEW OWNER ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014 SEASON". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS AND HOUSTON DYNAMO OF MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ANNOUNCE AFFILIATE PARTNERSHIP FOR 2014". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SECURE PDL FRANCHISE FOR 2014 SEASON". Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Price, Karen (7 May 2005). "Wild Things owners looking to duplicate success". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Sports briefs". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Riverhounds soccer team seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 27, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Richard Nightingale Named Team President; Mark Steffens as Head Coach". Pittsburgh Riverhounds Football Club. December 17, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Zeise, Paul (13 July 2007). "Riverhounds kick up ante". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  10. ^ McLeod, Scott (10 August 2007). "Blues Partner Riverhounds". EvertonFC.com. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  11. ^ Lovell, Darrell. "Houston Dynamo affiliate with USL PRO side Charleston Battery". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Mcleod, Scotty. "Blues Partner Riverhounds". Everton FC. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Kilpatrick, David (Nov 29, 2012). "A New Stadium in Pittsburgh". New York Times. Retrieved Dec 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "A Perfect Pitch to Lure MLS". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "USL PRO Games to Stream on YouTube". USL Pro. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.riverhounds.com/pro/Roster/index_E.html
  17. ^ "2014 USL Roster". USL Pro. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Riverhounds make coaching change". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Riverhounds Goals/Games Leaders". soccerstats.us. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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