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.
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:
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.