Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC signed an Honduran forward in Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. for the rest of the 2023 season, the team announced on Wednesday.
Adding strength to the attack 💪
We've signed forward J.C. Obregon to the 2023 roster! Welcome, @jcobre10! 👏
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) July 5, 2023
Obregón is from New York and is 25 years old. He has represented Honduras at the U-20 level in 2017 and then at the last Olympics in 2021 with the U-23 team. His most important moments with the Honduras national team include scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win over the United States, preventing them from playing in the Olympics, as well as scoring against New Zealand in 3-2 win in Olympic Group Play.
He spent two seasons playing collegiate soccer at Siena College for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, scoring five goals in 39 matches. Obregón then signed with Mexican team Club Nexaca to join their U-20 team.
Obregón has played with two other USL Championship teams during his career. He scored four times in 17 appearances for Rio Grande Valley FC from 2019-20 and scored 15 goals in 53 appearances with Hartford Athletic from 2021-22. He also played for Club de Fútbol Motagua, a team in the top league in Honduras this year, scoring one goal in seven appearances.
“[Obregón] is a busy forward with good ideas and movement in attacking areas,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said in a statement the club released. “His technical quality will also be a valuable addition to our team, and we are excited to have him here in Pittsburgh chasing individual as well as team goals.”
Among the other forwards on the squad, Obregón will join Tola Showunmi, Edward Kizza and Tony Lopez. Fellow forward Albert Dikwa is still recovering from a clavicle injury and it is not known whether he will play or not next game.
Obregón has trained with Pittsburgh this week and is likely eligible to play in the upcoming game against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, July 8 at Highmark Stadium.