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Mainstay in Midfield Returns; Hounds re-sign Danny Griffin

Wasting no time to begin the New Year on a positive note, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has re-signed free agent midfielder Danny Griffin for the 2022 season, pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval of the contract.

Griffin, 23, will be back for his third year with the Hounds after establishing himself as a mainstay in the center of the field for the club.

During the 2021 season, Griffin shared his thoughts about his durablity and his first two seasons as a professional in Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Soccer Now.

“I am grateful for my time here in Pittsburgh,” Griffin said in September. “This has always been a team that guys around the league respect, and have been on top in recent years. Coach Lilley has set high standards. I’ve just been excited to be in this environment the past couple of years. We have a high standard. It’s been awesome for me. It’s been a great experience.”

Through the rigors of the long season, Griffin found a way to stay healthy in 2021.

“I am staying on top of it, treatments every day.  Cold tubs everyday,” Griffin quipped.  “Doing what I have to do to take care of my body,”

Over the past two seasons, Griffin is the only player to appear in all 49 games for the Hounds, starting 46 of those. The Connecticut native’s 2,868 minutes played in 2021 was more than 200 more than any other Hounds player, as he started all 32 matches and played the complete game in 31.

“Danny is a versatile midfielder who gets better every time he steps on the field,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. “His mentality and growth as a player has been integral in our success these past two seasons, and he continues to emerge as a leader for our group. We are excited to welcome back Danny for the 2022 USL season.”

The third-year pro was drafted by the Columbus Crew in the second round (49th overall) of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft out of Providence, but he went unsigned out of camp. He then joined the Hounds during their 2020 preseason and signed his first pro deal on March 3, 2020.

With the Hounds, Griffin has established himself as an energetic, box-to-box player. He has four goals and three assists, including scoring in just his second professional game against Philadelphia Union II, and also has racked up 83 tackles and 69 interceptions in his holding midfield role.


By re-signing Griffin as a free agent, the Hounds add to their returning core of players from 2021 that carried the team to a 17-8-7 record.

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He is the 10th returning player announced under contract for 2022 with more signings soon to be finalized and announced.


RIVERHOUNDS SC 2022 ROSTER (as of 1/3/2022) 

PlayerPrimary position(s)2021 ClubContract Status
Kenardo Forbescentral/attacking MFRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Russell Ciceronewinger / forwardRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Alex Dixonwinger / forwardRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Shane Weidtcenter backRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Mekeil Williamscenter backRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Jelani Peterscenter backRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Todd Whartoncentral MFRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Ezra Armstrongoutside back / wingerRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Dani Roviraoutside back / wingerRiverhounds SCclub picked up one-yr option for 2022
Danny Griffincentral MFRiverhounds SCSigned one-yr deal w/club w/ club option for 2023

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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