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Hounds decline all active player contract options prior to deadline

The Riverhounds are doing a lot of roster restructuring.
Today, they have officially announced initial roster plans for the 2018 off season. Ahead of the league player option deadline today at 5 p.m. ET, the club has declined all active contract options.
As he indicated in detail in a sit down with me yesterday, head coach Bob Lilley said the club is currently in the process of restructuring contracts of players previously under option. Additionally, the club is in negotiation with players who are out-of-contract from last season’s squad.

LIlley laughs

Hounds coach Bob Lilley


Lilley said yesterday that he has met with each and every player from last year’s Hounds roster —  acknowledging that that there will be a few players from 2017 roster that will be returning.
“That has been our priority over the past few weeks,” Lilley said. “We have group of players we want to move forward with and we’re in the process of restructuring deals.”
Players previously under option are the following: defender Tobi Adewole, forward Kay Banjo, goalkeeper Keasel Broome, defender Shane Campbell, defender Ritchie Duffie, midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick, midfielder Mike Green, midfielder Kenroy Howell, defender Jamal Jack, goalkeeper Trey Mitchell, forward Romeo Parkes and midfielder Victor Souto.
Players currently out-of-contract are the following: defender Ryan Adeleye, defender Gale Agbossoumonde, goalkeeper Brenden Alfery, defender Rich Balchan, midfielder Danny Earls, forward Corey Hertzog, midfielder Kevin Kerr, midfielder Stephen Okai, goalkeeper Matt Perrella, midfielder Jack Thompson and defender Nick Thompson.
Pittsburgh has one player under contract, forward Chevaughn Walsh, who is in the final year of a three-year deal signed during the 2016 season.
For more on today’s news, you can catch my report on DK Pittsburgh Sports.

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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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