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Riverhounds re-sign captain Kevin Kerr for sixth season with club

| Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 1:54 p.m.
Kevin Kerr celebrates his game-winning goal in the Riverhounds' 3-2 win over Bethlehem Steel on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
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Kevin Kerr celebrates his game-winning goal in the Riverhounds' 3-2 win over Bethlehem Steel on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.

Kevin Kerr has been part of the Riverhounds' entire Highmark Stadium era, and that run will continue for another season.

Kerr, 28, was signed for the 2018 season with a team option for 2019, the club announced Thursday, keeping the team's captain the past two years, a fan favorite and one of the Riverhounds' most-productive attacking players in Pittsburgh.

The German-born Scottish midfielder has appeared in 146 games in all competitions for the Riverhounds, third-most in club history, and his 24 goals are tied for sixth at the club. He was an All-USL second-team selection in 2015 after posting career highs with 10 goals and nine assists, and he appeared in every game for the Riverhounds last season.

“We're excited to have Kevin back in the fold,” coach Bob Lilley said in a team release. “He has consistently been one of the better playmakers and passers in our league over the past four to five years, bringing experience, leadership and a work ethic that I think is important for our younger players to look up to.”

Team officials were optimistic about their chances to re-sign Kerr, who has made a home and started a family in Pittsburgh, and he will bring stability to a club that has its fifth head coach during Kerr's six-year run with the team.

Kerr is the fifth returning player the Riverhounds have announced as signed for next season, joining Romeo Parkes, Tobi Adewole, Kay Banjo and Chevaughn Walsh, but news of new acquisitions also has started to trickle in.

Speedy Haitian forward Christiano François announced Wednesday via his Twitter account that he would be signing with the Riverhounds to continue playing for Lilley, his coach last season with the Rochester Rhinos. The team has yet to announce or confirm the move for the 24-year-old ex-Maryland player, who also has played professionally in Portugal and in USL with the Richmond Kickers while on loan from MLS' D.C. United.

François is one of many free agents to hit the market when the Rhinos announced they would not be playing in USL in 2018 for financial reasons, and Lilley is expected to bring in more of his former players before preseason begins.

Matt Grubba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at mgrubba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.

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