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Hounds sign goalkeeper Kevin Silva

Riverhounds SC has signed goalkeeper Kevin Silva for the upcoming 2022 season. It is a one-year deal with a club option for 2023 that is pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.

Silva, 24, hails from Bethlehem, Pa. and played four matches last season in USL League One with Toronto FC II while on loan from the parent MLS side.

“Kevin is a young goalkeeper with good technique and understanding of the position,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. “We feel he is ready to compete for valuable minutes this year in Pittsburgh and look forward to working with him during the 2022 USL Championship season.”

Silva has represented the United States at both the Under-17 and Under-19 levels, and he was rated as a top-15 overall player and the best goalkeeping recruit in the country when he committed to UCLA. He played 30 games in two seasons for the Bruins in 2016-17 before opting to turn pro, signing with Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership.

After signing with Hearts in 2018, Silva spent time on loan with Raith Rovers in Scotland’s League One and later was loaned to Toronto FC II. After eight appearances in 2019 with TFCII, his move to Canada was made permanent in 2020.

Silva is the first goalkeeper signed this offseason by the Hounds, who now have 18 players under contract for the 2022 season. Preseason will continue with a match tomorrow against fellow USL Championship side Indy Eleven. The teams will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.

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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