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Waite No More: Hounds keeper earns call-up to Reggae Boyz

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Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC goalkeeper Jahmali Waite has been called up to Jamaica’s Men’s National Team squad that will face Argentina on September 27 at Red Bull Arena.  This is the second call-up to the senior National Team for Waite. who was called into camp with the Reggae Boyz in June.

Currently in his first season in the professional ranks with the Hounds, Waite has conceded 15 goals in 16 appearances so far this season.

His most recent appearance was another clean sheet, as the Hounds played front-running Louisville City FC to a scoreless draw at Highmark Stadium on Saturday.

Waite is currently sixth among Golden Glove-eligible goalkeepers with a 0.96 goals-against average this season. The 23-year-old has made 25 saves and seven shutouts while helping the Hounds reach the USL Championship Playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.

Starting the season likely third on the depth chart, as he wasn’t signed until the end of the preseason, Waite made his debut in the Hounds two Open Cup matches, where he stood out against FC Cincinnati, as the Hounds pushed the MLS squad to overtime in the Queen City.

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Prior to signing with the Hounds, Waite competed for the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut, following in the footsteps of current Jamaican standout Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union. He also competed for two seasons in USL League Two, seeing action for Reading United AC in 2019 and then the Ocean City Nor’easters last year.

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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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