By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – After three years of hard work with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the day Rob Vincent had been waiting to arrive finally came on Wednesday.
Vincent became the second Riverhounds player this offseason to make the move to Major League Soccer, as D.C. United acquired the 2015 USL All-League First Team selection.
After Wednesday’s announcement, Vincent was all smiles following D.C.’s game with the Philadelphia Union at the Suncoast Invitational at Al Lang Field.
“Being with D.C. for three weeks now, it’s been tough, but I’ve really enjoyed it,” Vincent said. “I’m glad to finally agree terms and I’m glad Pittsburgh and D.C. were able to make some plans for me. I’m just excited to get going now.”
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Vincent was one of the standout players in the 2015 USL season as he led the Riverhounds with 18 goals, and added six assists, as the side reached the 2015 USL Playoffs and the Fourth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. It was that contest that made United take note of him, as the Riverhounds pushed D.C. to overtime at Highmark Stadium.
After spending time with the club late last year following the end of the Riverhounds’ season, Vincent was invited back to preseason camp, where he was welcomed in by United’s established squad.
“The guys have really welcomed me in, so I have to thank them for that, but it’s just a different level,” Vincent said. “You’ve got to be a little bit fitter, you’ve got to be a little quicker, stronger. It’s been a great experience. It’s made me play at the top of my game, so hopefully I can keep improving."
Vincent will now look to try and find a similar path as fellow former English USL standout Lewis Neal, who was part of United’s squad over three seasons, making 65 regular-season appearances in the Black and Red.
Whatever happens, though, Vincent will look back to returning to what he calls his “second home.”“I love that place and I love the fans. I love the whole club, so I’m certainly going to miss playing at Highmark and playing in front of the Steel Army,” Vincent said. “But like I say, this is a new challenge for me and I’m excited about it.”