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Riverhounds Add Former Union Top Pick Taylor Washington

Riverhounds Add Former Union Top Pick Taylor Washington

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds brought in a former 2015 1st round MLS SuperDraft pick in Sergio Campbell for the 2016 season, and Campbell proved to be one of the team’s best players and anchors for the team’s back line this past season.
 

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Taylor Washington


Now, the Hounds have plucked another 1st round MLS SuperDraft pick, Taylor Washington, signing the former Philadelphia Union product, who started 28 of 30 games on the backline for cross-state rivals Bethlehem Steel FC in 2016.
 
Washington is signed to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2018 season, pending USL and USSF approval.
 

“Taylor is a player who I have really liked since his college days at George Mason and playing against him there [with the United States Naval Academy],” said head coach Dave Brandt. “In the three games we played Bethlehem Steel this year, Taylor played just about every minute of left-back, so he’s just a player that I have liked for quite a long time and I’m thrilled to have him as part of our back four this year.”

 
Here are some of his pre-draft highlights from his college playing days at George Mason:
 

http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2016/taylor-washington-highlights

 
At Bethlehem, Washington started in 28 of the Steel’s 30 matches and was second on the club in minutes played at 2,473. The defender was also a part of seven clean sheets and played a full 90 minutes in all but four of his starts on the year.
 
Prior to the Steel, Washington competed collegiately first at Boston University then George Mason University. With the Terriers, Washington started in 14 of the team’s 18 games, picking up his first collegiate goal, a game-winner, against conference rival Harvard.
 

Moving to George Mason before his sophomore year, Washington excelled with the Patriots over three seasons, notching a goal and three assists in 52 career starts. He was named Atlantic-10 All-Conference first team in 2013 and NSCAA All-Midwest Third Team in 2015 for his efforts, as well as George Mason Student-Athlete of the year at the school’s 2016 Senior Salute award ceremony.
A native of Somers, New York, Washington also had stints with PDL side Worcester Hydra FC in 2012 and the D.C. United U-23 squad in 2015.

 

With the addition of Washington, the Hounds now have 17 players officially under contract. The current roster for the 2017 season is as follows:
Ryan Adeleye (Club option exercised in December)
Bryan Arguez (Signed to one-year deal on December 15)
Kay Banjo (Signed to one-year deal on November 23)
Keasel Broome (Signed to one-year deal on November 11)
Shane Campbell (Signed to one-year deal on November 23)
Ritchie Duffie (Signed to one-year deal on November 15)
Danny Earls (Club option exercised in December)
Devaughn Elliott (Signed to one-year deal on December 8)
Corey Hertzog (Club option exercised in December)
Kenroy Howell (Signed to one-year deal on December 12)
Jamal Jack (Signed to one-year deal on December 15)
Kevin Kerr (Already under contract)
John Manga (Signed to one-year deal on November 15)
Jack Thompson (Club option exercised in December)
Nick Thompson (Club option exercised in December)
Chevaughn Walsh (Already under contract)
Taylor Washington (Signed to one-year deal on December 20)

 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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