Riverhounds SC has signed midfielder Louis Perez to a one-year contract with a club option for 2022, pending USL and USSF approval, adding another talented young player to boost the side in the middle of the field.
Perez, 23, is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where the first-year pro had a decorated career as an outstanding playmaker for the Golden Knights.
“We are excited to welcome Louis Perez on board for the 2021 USL season,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said.
“He is a gifted passer who makes good decisions on the ball. His ability to find his teammates and generate goal-scoring chances will be an asset in the final third, and he is quite capable on restarts, as well.”
Here are a few of those sweet Perez set pieces.
44' | That crossbar is still shaking! @UCF_MSoccer's Louis Perez rocks one off the crossbar on a set piece in the final minutes of the opening frame.
UConn leads 2-0 at the end of one.
— American MSoccer (@American_MSoc) November 9, 2018
SET PIECE SUCCESS! GOOOOAAALLL!
It's been a huge asset for @UCF_MSoccer this year, and it strikes again! Yoni Sorokin on the header from Louis Perez!
UCF 1, SMU 0 pic.twitter.com/aUVZGFieCa
— American MSoccer (@American_MSoc) October 7, 2019
In 2019, his last full season for UCF, Perez was the team’s second-leading scorer with four goals and 11 assists, one-off a school single-season record. The 11 assists were fourth in the NCAA and led to a second-team All-American Athletic Conference selection and a listing in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s top 100 college players, where he currently ranks 66th. As a sophomore, Perez was named the AAC Midfielder of the Year and a third-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches, all while leading the Golden Knights to the AAC regular-season title.
In three postseasons with UCF, Perez’s team reached the AAC final all three years and was selected for the NCAA tournament in 2018 and 2019, reaching the third round (Round of 16) in 2019, losing in overtime to Southern Methodist, 2-1.
Originally from Villennes-sur-Seine, France, Perez played his youth soccer with some of his home country’s top clubs. He competed for the Paris Saint-Germain U-17 side before finishing his youth career, playing three seasons with ESTAC Troyes, for which he scored five goals and four assists in the French U-19 national league.
With Perez added to the mix, the Hounds now have 15 players under contract for the 2021 USL Championship season, which is tentatively slated for a late-April or early-May beginning.
Look for more from Pittsburgh Soccer Now on this weeks signings including Perez, Ezra Armstrong and Chris Minnish later this week.
The last three recent college-grad central midfielders that Dan Visser and Bob Lilley have selected:
2020: Danny Griffin
2019: Anthony Velarde
2019: Robbie Mertz
— Soccer Rabbi (@soccer_rabbi) February 17, 2021
RIVERHOUNDS SC 2021 ROSTER & DEPTH CHART
|F1||Russell Cicerone (M)|
|F3||Alex Dixon (M)|
|F6||Josh Gatt (out for season)|
|M- also have played in midfield|
|MF1||Kenardo Forbes (F)|
|MF3||Todd Wharton (D/OB)|
|MF4||Anthony Velarde (F)|
|MF5||Louis Perez (F)|
|F- also played at forward|
|D- also played as defender|
|OB- also played as outside back|
|OB1||Dani Rovira (M)|
|OB3||Jordan Dover (injury)|
|(M) also played midfield|
|CB3||Preston Kilwien (OB)|
|OB- also played at outside back|