Riverhounds re-sign 6 players for 2104
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have re-signed six players for the 2014 season, a team official confirmed Friday night.
Forward Mike Seth, midfielders Rob Vincent and Seth C'deBaca, defenders Sterling Flunder and Mike Green, and goalkeeper Greg Blum all will return for the club's upcoming season, which begins March 29 at defending USL Pro champion Orlando City.
The moves help to stabilize a roster that experienced heavy turnover before the 2013 season, which the club wanted to avoid heading into this season with high expectations.
“(Stability) was the idea behind it,” Riverhounds head coach Justin Evans said. “This is a core group of good players that have been with us at least two years, some of them longer. These guys understand our organization and what we do on and off the field, and that's important for us moving forward.”
Flunder and Green appeared in 23 and 21 matches, respectively, on a Riverhounds defense that allowed just 33 goals in 26 games, the fourth-best total in USL Pro.
Vincent, a native of England, played in 23 matches for the Riverhounds last season. He scored three goals in 2013, including one in the team's 3-2 win over VSI Tampa Bay that clinched a playoff spot.
Seth, a Baldwin High School and Penn State Behrend product, also scored three goals in 22 appearances last season, while C'deBaca appeared in 18 matches and had two assists despite missing some time due to injury.
Blum was the Riverhounds' No. 2 goalkeeper last season. An Ambridge High School and Slippery Rock University grad, Blum had a 2-3-0 record last season with both wins coming via shutout.
— Matt Grubba