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@PghRiverhounds Sign 2, Part Ways With Arguez Ahead of #USL Opener


Gale Agbossoumonde was officially signed by the Riverhounds on Friday. 

The Riverhounds made a few eminent moves official on Friday, as the team prepares for its USL season opener on Saturday against defending league champs, NY Red Bulls II  (5 p.m. – Highmark Stadium).
Gale Agbossoumonde, 25, who has been with the team on trial for much of March, appearing in three matches, was signed to a one-year deal and Columbus Crew SC midfielder Abuchi Obinwa comes via loan on a match-by-match basis.
The club has also mutually agreed to part ways with midfielder Bryan Arguez.
In addition, Pittsburgh has deactivated midfielder Cristian Martinez, who’s expected to join the team on loan from Columbus, to further clear roster space.   All moves are pending USL and USSF approval.
With the latest transactions, the Hounds head into opening kickoff with 27 players on their roster, including 16 newcomers.

Bryan Arguez

Arguez never really saw the field for the Hounds in any preseason action, and when asked about his status, club officials had said throughout the preseason that he was dealing with some injuries.
Natural center/defensive midfielder, Arguez got back into action last season with Ft. Lauderdale Strikers after some legal difficulties that dragged out for a few years, of which he was acquitted.
He made 14 appearances for the Strikers, and the Hounds were probably hoping he could rekindle his form of his younger days when he had made USMNT U-23 appearances and played in Germany.
Arguez, 2007 First Round selection of DC United, was recently listed as one of the top-10 busts in MSL SuperDraft history in an article in FourFourTwo.

“We’re certainly disappointed to see Bryan go,” Brandt said. “I wouldn’t say this closes the door on anything potentially happening with him and the club in the future, he just needs to get healthy before we can consider making that step a possibility.”

Agbossoumonde (pronounced AG-BOOS-O-MON-DEH) was in camp with Seattle Sounders earlier this preseason.  He is a center back who is a former USMNT prospect.
He has spent the past three seasons in the NASL and spent time with Toronto FC in 2013, making 13 appearances over two seasons.  He just came off a season where he had 28 starts for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL.
Agbossoumonde comes from Togo and a fascinating background.  When he was one his family, consisting of five boys, two girls, left their native Togo and went to a refugee camp in Benin. The family spent seven years at the camp. Gale and the other boys played soccer barefoot with a ball made of melted rubber and plastic bags.  When he was eight, they moved to Syracuse.
Obinwa, 20, the midfielder becomes the fourth player to be loaned from Columbus to Pittsburgh this offseason. A native of Columbus, Obinwa signed with Crew SC this past January, having last played for the U-19 German club Hannover 96. Prior to signing with Hannover, Obinwa recorded a stint with Chicago Magic PSG, an affiliate of French side Paris St. Germain.

“I really like Abuchi. We’ve worked with him for about two weeks or so and he’s been absolutely a pleasure to work with and obviously an excellent player,” Brandt said. “It’s a crowded midfield right now, so we’ll have to sort out how to best use him and how to best use the other guys, but we’re really happy to have Abuchi here.”

Obinwa also has experience with the U.S. Youth National Team, registering playing time with the U-18s in 2014 and U-20s in 2015.



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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