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Riverhounds SC’s Robbie Mertz earns spot on USL Championship Team of the Week; Danny Vitiello also recognized

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Riverhounds SC’s Robbie Mertz earns spot on USL Championship Team of the Week; Danny Vitiello also recognized

from Riverhounds SC and USL Championship reports

Riverhounds SC midfielder Robbie Mertz has been named to USL Championship Team of the Week after recording a goal and four key passes across the club’s two victories against Loudoun United FC and New York Red Bulls II this past week.

During the Hounds’ 3-0 win against Loudoun United FC on Sept. 1 at Highmark Stadium, Mertz tied for a game-high two key passes while posting a 91 percent passing accuracy. The Pittsburgh native followed up this performance with a goal in the club’s 3-0 victory against New York Red Bulls II on Sept. 5 at Red Bull Arena. He also tied for a game-high with two chances created against Red Bulls II.

This season, the second-year player leads the Hounds with 12 points (five goals and two assists) and is second on the club with 14 key passes.

This is the third time Mertz has been named to Team of the Week this season.

In addition, goalkeeper Danny Vitiello has been named to Team of the Week bench after posting a clean sheet in both the Hounds’ aforementioned matches this past week. Across these two games, the Massapequa, New York native posted five total saves. This season, he leads the Hounds with a 0.50 goals-against average and .833 save percentage.

Riverhounds SC (8-3-1) is back in action at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Highmark Stadium, as the club will clash with Hartford Athletic (6-2-1) in a Group F showdown. Saturday’s match will be locally televised on 22 The Point.

Here’s a look at USL Championship’s Team of the Week:

 

HOUNDS NAMED TO TEAM OF THE WEEK:

Jordan Dover: Week 3 – July 14

Robbie Mertz: Week 3 – July 14

Kenardo Forbes: Week 4 – July 21

Danny Griffin: Week 4 – July 21

Kenardo Forbes: Week 6 – Aug. 4

Robbie Mertz: Week 7 – Aug. 11

Danny Vitiello: Week 9 – Aug. 25

*Ryan James: Week 10 – Sept. 1

Robbie Mertz: Week 11 – Sept. 8

 

*Player of the Week

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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