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Looking for spark in final third Riverhounds add forward Enoch Mushagalusa on loan from Hartford

Hounds add Enoch Mushagalusa on loan from Hartford

Looking to boost a struggling attack and bolster the forward line, the Riverhounds SC announced on Tuesday that they’ve acquired forward Enoch Mushagalusa from Hartford Athletic on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2024 season, pending USL and U.S. Soccer approval.

The move comes as the Hounds continue to have trouble scoring goals, as they’re last in the USL Championship in goals scored (11) in 14 league matches, despite being among highest among teams in touches in the final third.  Pittsburgh (3w-6l-5d, 14 points) are currently sitting in 10th place (out of 12 teams) in the USLC’s Eastern Conference.

Mushagalusa, 24, signed with Hartford Athletic as a free agent prior to the 2024 season.

He had one goal in seven appearances — six off the bench — so far this season for Hartford.

“Enoch is a talented player with speed who excels in 1v1 duels. He will help us in wide areas and as a second striker who is equally adept at scoring goals or creating chances for others. We are certainly excited to have him here in Pittsburgh for the rest of the 2024 season,” Riverhounds coach Bob Lilley said.

Prior to Hartford, Mushagalusa spent two seasons with Louisville City FC, where he scored 12 goals and had four assists in 53 regular-season appearances, including this goal vs Pittsburgh in April 2022.

 

 

He also played four matches in 2023 for San Diego Loyal while on a brief loan stint.

A native of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mushagalusa came to the U.S. as a youth player in the academy of the Colorado Rapids of MLS. In 2020, he signed his first pro deal with Sporting Kansas City II, then a USL Championship club, where he amassed nine goals and five assists in 43 games.

Mushagalusa will be eligible for selection when the Hounds host one of his former clubs, Louisville, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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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