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Keepers on Board: Riverhounds sign veteran Eric Dick and first-year pro Jacob Randolph

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Riverhounds SC has added its first two goalkeepers to its 2024 roster with Monday’s signing announcement of former MLS goalkeeper Eric Dick and first-year pro Jacob Randolph.

Both contracts are one-year deals with a team option for 2025, pending USL and U.S. Soccer approval.

The double keeper signing announcement brings the Hounds’ roster to 16 players ahead of the start of next week’s preseason camp, set to begin Monday, January 29.

Dick, 29, has been with MLS clubs for the past six seasons after being a first-round draft pick by Sporting Kansas City in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. He spent three years under contract with Kansas City before joining the Columbus Crew in 2021 and, most recently, Minnesota United for the past two seasons.

The 6-foot-5 goalkeeper from Carmel, Ind., made his MLS debut as a rookie with Kansas City, but he also spent time in the USL Championship on loan, most notably backstopping Swope Park Rangers to the Western Conference Semifinals while making 15 appearances for the team in 2018.

He has also appeared for Phoenix Rising, FC Tulsa and Indy Eleven on separate loan stints in USL.

“Eric is a seasoned pro who still has his best soccer in front of him,” Bob Lilley, Riverhounds Head Coach, said.

“He is an exceptional athlete with good size that is capable of the game-changing save, as well as delivering good performances in the big games. We look forward to working with him in 2024.”

Randolph, 22, signed after completing his college career at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last fall. With the Seahawks in 2023, Randolph allowed just 15 goals and posted seven shutouts while starting 15 of the team’s 16 games.

A 6-foot-4 native of Metairie, La., Randolph began his college career at Division II Barton College in North Carolina, posting 10 shutouts in 20 career starts and leading the team to the Conference Carolinas Final in the Spring 2021 season.

“Jacob is a first-year pro with huge upside. He was quite good in our December combine and demonstrated his ability to dominate in the air, as well as be good with his feet and a good shot stopper,” Lilley said.

The first two goalkeepers signed for the upcoming season brings the Hounds to 16 players announced for 2024. The roster will continue to take shape this week ahead of the team’s preseason training opening next Monday, Jan. 29.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2024 Roster by Position

  • Forward: Edward Kizza
  • Midfield:  Dani Rovira, Langston Blackstock, Junior Etou, DZ Harmon, Kenardo Forbes, Danny Griffin, Robbie Mertz
  • Defenders:   Mike DeShields, Pat Hogan, Illal Osumanu, Luke Biasi, Pierre Cayet and Sean Suber
  • Goalkeepers:  Eric Dick, Jacob Randolph

Riverhounds 2023 Rostered Players who’s contract expired and are now free agents

  • Albert Dikwa (Forward — Reigning USL Championship MVP)- Signed with Rhode Island FC
  • Arturo Ordonez (Defender –  Reigning USL Championship Defender of the Year) – Signed with Louisville City FC
  • Jahmali Waite (Goalkeeper) – Signed with El Paso 
  • Nate Dossantos (Defender)
  • Luke Biasi (Defender/Midfielder) – Re-Signed with Pittsburgh
  • Marc Ybarra (Midfielder) – Signed with Rhode Island FC 

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2023 Rostered Players who did not have contract options picked up

  • Burke Fahling (Midfielder)
  • JC  Obregon (Forward)
  • Trevor Zwetsloot (Midfielder)
  • Tony Lopez  (Midfielder)
  • Jonathan Gomes (Goalkeeper)
  • Christian Garner (Goalkeeper)
  • Tola Showunmi  (Forward) – Signed with Louisville City FC 
  • Joe Farrell (Defender) – Signed with Hartford Athletic FC 

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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