During the course of the past year, we took various in-depth profiles and features of the people, places and organizations connected to the many facets of soccer in our region from the pros to the youth level.
Here are some of our best features from the past year, including a few on Riverhounds players, but also included in this is Rachael McKriger‘s profile of Veronica Latsko, who made her pro debut this year and a feature on Will Marshall, who came back to play at Highmark Stadium for West Chester University in the NCAA Division II men’s national championship.
We are looking forward to sharing more feature stories in 2019.
Latsko thrives in her first year as a pro
Veronica Latsko hails from Venetia, Pa., in Washington County — and after an outstanding four-year run at University of Virginia she spent her first season in the NWSL with the Houston Dash. This fall, she caught up with our Rachael McKriger to share her story.
Dependable’s Got Nothing on Kenardo Forbes
At the end of the USL regular season, Mark Goodman penned this terrific feature on the one player who emerged at the Riverhounds SC’s most dependable play maker – Kenardo Forbes.
Pittsburgh’s Venerable Soccer Warrior
Prior to the season, I wanted to write a feature about the longest tenured Riverhound, Kevin Kerr, who moved to Pittsburgh in 2013 prior to the Hounds inaugural season in 2013, and has become a fixture with the franchise.
Docked and Ready
Once the preseason began, it provided another opportunity to get to know Joe Greenspan a little bit better, so after spending some time with the big man upon his return to Pittsburgh in 2018 after playing for the Hounds on loan in 2017.
From Poland to Pittsburgh
John Kowalski has done it all. It was great to catch up with the long-time coach, who is still doing his thing as coach of the Robert Morris University women’s team and also coaches the Fort Pitt Regiment of the NPSL. Kowalski’s storied coaching career includes stints as the Head Coach of the United States Men’s National Team, Major League Soccer’s Tampa Bay Mutiny and Robert Morris’ men’s program.
Versatile Frenchman Ascends as mainstay for Hounds
The story of Thomas Vancaeyezeele is a fascinating tale. For one thing, it shows how difficult it is to make the jump from college soccer to Major League Soccer, as Vancaeyezeele may have been overlooked by MLS scouts, but found a place in Pittsburgh where he would thrive in his first full season as a professional. Vancaeyezeele would go on to lead the Riverhounds in games played, starts and minutes played.
Marshall Cherishes his return to his hometown
For the first time ever, the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer championships were played in Pittsburgh in December, and there was one student-athlete who would come full-circle, marking a return to hometown, Pittsburgh roots by playing in the NCAA Final Four and National Championship game. Here’s a feature on Will Marshall, who is from North Versailles, attended East Allegheny High School and University of Pittsburgh.