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PSN 1-on-1: Riverhounds SC defender Robby Dambrot

Ahead of the 2022 season, the Riverhounds SC signed defender Robby Dambrot to a one-year contract with a club option for 2023.

A 6-foot-2 defender and native of Akron, Ohio — and former Pitt Panther, Dambrot signed his first pro deal with Loudoun midway through the 2019 season after finishing his college career at Pitt.

“We are excited to get Robby back to Pittsburgh with his ties to the area,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said.

“He is a left-sided defender who can get forward with pace and quality, and he has the size and ability to defend in our system.”

Dambrot began his college career at Akron, where he was part of the Zips’ 2015 team that reached the NCAA semifinals, before making the move to Pitt as a graduate transfer in 2017. He finished his career with the Panthers in 2018 and helped the team to its first win in an ACC Tournament game after taking a medical redshirt the prior season.

In this one-on-one interview, Dambrot share more about his development as a player and more, including:

  • Growing up in a basketball family (his father, Keith Damrot, is the head basketball coach at Duquesne), but becoming a soccer player
  • The similiarities and cross-over (no pun intended) between basketball and soccer
  • The benefits of playing multiple sports
  • Playing for great coaches — including Pitt’s Jay Vidovich
  • Experience of playing at Pitt
  • How he’s developed in his first three seasons as a professional in USL Championship
  • What it’s like to play for Bob Lilley and being part of a USL Championship locker room that includes veteran players like Kenardo Forbes, Dane Kelly, Alex Dixon, etc.

 

Riverhounds SC sign former Pitt standout Robby Dambrot

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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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