By CHARLIE CORR – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds enter 2016 knowing they will need some other scoring options following Rob Vincent’s signing with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. Vincent scored an impressive 18 regular-season goals and was in the running for the USL Golden Boot for a stretch of the 2015 campaign.
Yet despite that massive scoring void, there is a profound feeling that this year’s Riverhounds squad can pick up the slack.
“We’ll be more dangerous now from [forward] than we were last year,” Pittsburgh Head Coach Mark Steffens recently told the Post-Gazette’s Megan Ryan. “We have to be.”
Midfielder Kevin Kerr tallied 10 goals in regular-season play last year – second on the team to Vincent – and will unquestionably be a key figure to either directly step up in the scoring column or set up teammates such as Jamaican newcomer Romeo Parkes, Reading United AC alum Corey Hertzog or returnee Lebo Moloto.
Kerr and Vincent accounted for more than half of the Riverhounds’ scoring from the midfield last year, and the Eastern Conference’s second-highest scoring club depended on every bit of it to stay in the upper half of the table.
That puts the 2016 spotlight on Pittsburgh’s new front line additions rising to the occasion.
“Everyone just knows that there’s a massive hole that needs to be filled, and it’s a great opportunity for someone to step up and take it,” Kerr told Ryan. “It’s definitely the most athletic, quickest team that I’ve ever been a part of. The boys are so fast. They can jump through the roof. They’re going to cause everyone problems.”