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Kerr earns spot on USL Team of Week for standout performance in home opener

Kerr earns spot on USL Team of Week for standout performance in home opener

After a standout performance on Saturday, Riverhounds SC veteran midfielder Kevin Kerr earned USL Championship Team of the Week honors on Tuesday. Kerr scored the game-winning goal and notched an assist as the Hounds took a 3-1 victory against Hartford Athletic before a regular-season record crowd of 5,182 fans.

Kerr’s assist came in the 14th minute, feeding Steevan Dos Santos with a short cross into the box.

Dos Santos finished the sequence with a perfectly placed header that gave the Hounds a 1-0 lead.

“He’s done that a number of times in training already this year,” Dos Santos, who scored his first goal as a Hound, said after training session on Tuesday. “I knew when he cut the ball to his right, and I had to get to be in the right position.

After the match, Kerr was informed his latest assist tied the club’s all-time record (25) with David Flavius.

“I never knew that,” Kerr chuckled. “It’s nice. I guess if you stay around in one place long enough you start to rack up some records.”

With the match tied 1-1, after former Hounds MVP and Golden Boot winner Jose Angulo‘s dynamite strike earlier in the second half, Kerr took matters into his own, even as he knew he would be subbed out on the next whistle.

“I looked over and saw a few subs were going to be coming on,” Kerr said. “I said to myself, I’ve only got a minute or two, so I got to get a shot.”

Kevin Kerr Goal Riverhounds Home Opener 2019

 

(Special Thanks to Josh Brokaw for creating GIF of Kerr’s goal) 

“It couldn’t have worked out better,” Kerr added. “I just drove in and it couldn’t have worked out better. There was a defender in the way of the goalie and it worked out well.””

Kevin’s had a good preseason, he’s looked sharp in early stages of the season. He had an assist on the first, scored on the second,” Hounds Head Coach Bob Lilley said. “He’s making good choices on the ball. I am really happy for him.”

This season, the longest-tenured Hound leads the Black and Gold with five points (two goals and one assist). He also ranks second on the team with eight chances created and posted a game-high three chances created against Hartford this past weekend.

With the goal, Kerr remains atop the list of all-time goals scored at Highmark Stadium (since it opened in 2013) with 20.  Ironically, Angulo moved up the same list into a tie for second with Rob Vincent with 16.

Kerr also ranks highly in many all-time statistical categories including:  games played (2nd with 156), goals (3rd with 29), points (2nd with 77), shots (180).

ED THOMPSON PHOTO GALLERY (Kerr’s assist — and celebration after)

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This is the first time this season a Hound has been named to Team of the Week.

 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. 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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