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Video: 1-v-1 With Riverhounds SC Defender Skylar Thomas

Skylar Thomas hasn't missed a minute in his debut with the Hounds. (RIVERHOUNDS SC)

Video: 1-v-1 With Riverhounds SC Defender Skylar Thomas

Veteran pro defender Skylar Thomas has played every minute of the first four games for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, fitting right in on the back line for a team that needed to replace a couple of stalwarts in Joe Greenspan and Tobi Adewole. The 27-year-old joined me for a 1-v-1 conversation on Pittsburgh Sports Live!

Thomas, a Canadian national who formerly played in the Toronto FC development system and attended Syracuse University, talked with me about the rising level of the USL Championship, making his 6-foot-4 frame a target on restarts, his impressions on playing for coach Bob Lilley, his relationship with countrymen Ryan James and Jordan Dover, and how the team might rebound from a pair of heartbreaking losses in Week 3.

Matt Gajtka (pronounced GITE-kah) is a columnist, analyst and reporter for Pittsburgh Soccer Now. In addition to his four-year role as play-by-play broadcaster for Riverhounds SC, he has experience covering pro and amateur sports for over a decade. Matt got his start in soccer while calling games for the Marshall University men's and women's Division I teams. He fondly remembers attending Hounds matches at Bethel Park High School, although he lapsed during the Moon and Chartiers Valley years. Like many, the construction of Highmark Stadium in 2013 rekindled his passion for the club and local soccer in general.

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