On Thursday, Riverhounds announced that the team’s primary goal keeper this season, Trey Mitchell, would be out for the season with a recurring shoulder injury.
Shortly after the announcement, I had a chance to catch up with Mitchell, who posted six clean sheets in seventeen appearances in his first season in Pittsburgh, as it was his first opportunity to play regularly as a professional after spending three years in Major League Soccer as a reserve with LA Galaxy and then as a league pool keeper.
In a short period of time in Pittsburgh, Mitchell quickly developed into being very accessible to media types like myself, and was someone who really embraced the opportunity here in Pittsburgh. He’s also been one of the guys who’s been eager to help and want to make a difference in the community. Mitchell, along with a few other players, has regularly visited with patients at Children’s Hospital Rehab Unit.
Here’s some exerpts from my Q & A after the news was released that he would be out for the season.
Trey Mitchell signed with LA Galaxy in 2015. (MLS file photo)
I’m sure you are disappointed with having the season cut short, but what did it mean for you to get this opportunity this year to play with the Riverhounds?
It was a major blessing to have the opportunity to spend my 2017 season with the Riverhounds. My main priority going into this 2017 season was to get as many minutes as I could under my belt, and help our organization have a successful year in the process.
And to have the season cut short for you while the team was making a push to earn a playoff spot — what is your feeling?
It is a frustrating situation to be in and something I was hoping to avoid. I believe God has a plan though and there’s a reason for it. In regards to the playoff push, I have full confidence in the boys… Corey (Hertzog) is about to catch fire and go on a scoring streak, Chevy (Walsh) is gaining confidence, Kevin (Kerr) and Romeo (Parkes) solid and consistent, Victor (Souto) and (Stephen) Okai are getting stronger together, along with Taylor (Washington), Jamal (Jack), Tobi (Adewole), and (Ritchie) Duffie continuing to do their jobs in the back… I like our chances in making the playoffs and going on a run. Matt (Perrella) is also capable of helping us win games and this Saturday he gets to go up against his old team so he is already motivated.
I understand that you may have had to pop the shoulder back into place when you re-injured it on Saturday. Was that the case? How much pain were you in playing on Saturday?
After the PK save my shoulder subluxed so it didn’t fully dislocate this time which helped us put it back in on the field. For the rest of the game it was pretty painful and tightened up a lot. After the ref blew the final whistle I was very relieved to not have to go full stretch again.
What is your outlook on the injury — and will there need to be surgery? Do you hope to return to Pittsburgh next season?
Currently I am scheduled for surgery on Sept. 1st and will start the rehab process shortly after. In regards to next season, I will be working to come back next season stronger then before.
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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