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PSN 1-on-1: Riverhounds SC Midfielder Danny Griffin

Photo courtesy John Krysinsky

PSN 1-on-1: Riverhounds SC Midfielder Danny Griffin

In his second professional season, Pittsburgh Riverhounds midfielder Danny Griffin has grown into his role as one of the team’s leaders as one of the most consistent and reliable players.

In fact, Griffin has appeared and started in all 26 matches for the club this season, logging a total of 2,327 total minutes, most of the the club and heading into this weekend’s schedule — he’s leading the entire USL Championship in total minutes played.  The next closest Hound in terms of minutes played is Shane Wiedt, who’s logged 2120.

USL Championship’s Minutes Leaders (2021) 

Minutes
1. Danny Griffin • Pittsburgh 2326
2. Conor Donovan • OKC Energy 2250
Mitchell Osmond • OKC Energy 2250
Paco Craig • Miami FC 2250
5. Hiroki Kurimoto • OKC Energy 2198

Griffin has been slotted in the lineup in various places, as his coach Bob Lilley boasted about Griffin training session on Friday, but the second year pro out of Providence College, has been mostly in deeper, holding central midfield area much of this season.

“He’s be a strong player for us if he played a number of positions, but he’s primarily been in the middle of the field, and he’s been very good there. That’s key real estate. You know, when you’re playing real well, and your penciled in game after game, it says a lot for what he’s done as a player in two years here,” Lilley said.

The Wethersfield, Conn. native has also scored two goals and has an assist thus far in 2021 and has earned USL Team of the Week honors twice for his stellar two-way play.

On Friday, after training, Griffin talked about this week’s upcoming match vs Charleston and numerous other topics.

Here’s our full interview with Griffin.

 

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).

Pittsburgh Division I College Soccer Schedule (Spring 2021)

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