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Syracuse Standout Jordan Murrell Signs With Riverhounds

Canadian Jordan Murrell has been training with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for much of preseason, and today the club announced that they have signed the London, England-born defender to a contract for the 2016 season.


Jordan Murrell (Courtesy

Murrell captained his Toronto F.C. Academy side and represented Canada at Under-18 level prior to playing collegiately at Syracuse.
Murrell made 74 appearances on the Orange back line during his four years in Central New York before being selected by Real Salt Lake during the third round of Major League Soccer’s 2015 SuperDraft.
He signed his first professional contract with RSL’s Real Monarchs development side in March 2015.   Murrell made 17 United Soccer League appearances for the Monarchs last season.
Hounds head coach Mark Steffens has started Murrell on the left side of defense in each of the team’s four preseason games.
In preseason action Murrell has shown an impressive left foot — and can be a player counted on in Steffens’ system making overlapping runs and could be a threat sending balls into the box.
The following players are now officially signed and registered with the team for the 2016 season:

  • GK (3): Brenden Alfery, Hunter Gilstrap, Mauricio Vargas
  • DEF (5): Willie Hunt, Jordan Murrell, Caleb Postlewait, Isaiah Schafer, Karsten Smith
  • MID (9): James Bissue, Mike Green,Alex Harlley, Marshall Hollingsworth*, Kevin Kerr, Nick Kolarac, Lebo Moloto, Stephen Okai, Ben Swanson*
  • FWD (5): Zak Boggs, Ryan Dodson, Corey Hertzog, Romeo Parkes, Drew Russell

*On loan from Columbus Crew SC
Additional players that have been training and participating in preseason matches with the Hounds but have not officially been announced as signed include 17-year old Canadian DuWayne Ewart and University of Charleston (WV) and Liverpool, England native Conor Branson.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. 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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