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Hounds’ Ryan James named USL Championship Player of the Week; Dover earns Team of Week honors

Riverhounds SC defender Ryan James has been named USL Championship Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in the club’s 3-0 victory against Hartford Athletic this past Friday at Dillon Stadium.

With help from James’ performance, the Hounds moved ahead of Hartford by three points in the Group F standings. Pittsburgh currently leads the group with 19 points.

James scored his first goal from the center of the penalty box in the 11th minute before following it up with a left-footed volley for his second tally in the 50th minute. The second of his goals was listed No. 10 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. This marked the first multi-goal game of his career.

This season, the Mississauga, Ontario, Canada native has already amassed a career-high three goals. He has started nine of his 10 games played en route to 819 minutes, which is the fourth-highest minute total on the team.

In addition, defender Jordan Dover has been named to the USL Championship Team of the Week bench after recording an assist in the aforementioned victory against Hartford. The Ajax, Ontario, Canada native assisted James on his second tally in the 50th minute.

Both players received stellar ratings after Saturday’s match our Takeaways/Player Grades…

Takeways/Grades: On night of bold statements in Hartford, Riverhounds SC affirm top spot

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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