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Hounds sign Erie native Lubahn ahead of opener

Hounds sign Erie native Lubahn ahead of opener

With only two days left before its season opener at Nashville SC on Saturday, the Riverhounds are still not done rounding out its active roster.

On Thursday, the team announced the signing of preseason trialist Andrew Lubahn — who last played for the NASL winning side San Francisco Deltas.  Lubahn, an Erie, PA native, was signed to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season, pending USL and USSF approval.

“Andrew is very capable in any of the wide positions – outside back or outside midfield – so for us, he’s a valuable signing who can contribute in a number of ways,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “He’s a good attacking player going forward who also displays strong decision making.”

Lubahn is entering his fourth season as a pro after excelling at Wake Forest University under current Pitt coach Jay Vidovich.

With San Francisco in 2017, Lubahn posted an assist in 15 games played. He also brings USL experience, suiting up for Louisville City FC in 2016 and the Harrisburg City Islanders (now known as Penn FC) in 2015. In total, Lubahn’s logged four goals and four assists across 35 appearances while in the USL.

Prior to beginning his professional career in Harrisburg, Lubahn was an All-Conference standout at Wake Forest University, finishing his career with 83 games played (74 starts), 27 goals and 65 points.

In addition, his youth career included time with the United States U-14, U-15, U-18 and U-20 National Teams, as well as being captain of the Columbus Crew U-17 team and he trained for a year with Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy and with the Belgian soccer club Cercle Brugge for a year.

Lubahn made four appearances for the Hounds this preseason.

Heading in to the season opener, here’s the Hounds roster breakdown:

 

Forwards (4): Kay Banjo, Neco Brett, Dennis Chin, Romeo Parkes

Midfielders (9): Mouhamed Dabo, Ben Fitzpatrick, Bakie Goodman, Kenardo Forbes, Joe Holland, Christiano François, Kevin Kerr, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Ben Zemanski

Defenders (7): Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover, Joe Greenspan, Raymond Lee, Andrew Lubahn, Todd Pratzner, Hugh Roberts

Goalkeepers (3): Mike Kirk, Dan Lynd, Kyle Morton

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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