RIVERHOUNDS NEWS & NOTES
- The Riverhounds have looked like a team that needs every minute of the preseason to keep working on getting in sync and into a rhythm that would be so essential in Coach Mark Steffens’ system.
- After 2-1 and 1-0 wins over Penn State and Ohio State, the Hounds stumbled a bit, especially in the early going on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Michigan at Highmark Stadium.
- The Riverhounds roster appears to be mostly complete now — as the Hounds made it official yesterday – announcing that two players from Columbus Crew (Marshall Hollingsworth and 18 year-old Ben Swanson) — who made their Hounds debut on Sunday in the 2nd half, will be with the team at the start of the season.
“We’re fortunate to get Ben and Marshall on loan,” said Riverhounds head coach Mark Steffens.
“The Columbus coaching staff feels that both of them will be playing with their first team in Major League Soccer in the near future.”
“Marshall and Ben will benefit from valuable match experience while with Pittsburgh,” said Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter. “We look forward to monitoring their progress during their time on loan.”
The Riverhounds signed an affiliation agreement with Crew SC last December to become the MLS side’s primary destination for loaned players. Columbus won last year’s Eastern Conference before falling short in its bid for a second MLS crown against the Portland Timbers.
- It appears that the Hounds may be adding an additional preseason match later next week — as the season opener vs defending USL Champs, Rochester Rhinos, will be on Saturday, April 2 at Highmark Stadium. No word on who the opponent might be — or where/when. It’s likely that it may be a closed scrimmage.