USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Lebo Moloto was one of the key players for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2015, but as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Matt Grubba found out recently, he usually lets his play speak for him, rather than words.
“I'm not a good spokesman,” the South African told Grubba.
Moloto’s six goals and seven assists made him the third prong of a standout midfield in 2015 that also included Rob Vincent and Kevin Kerr. With Vincent now signed by D.C. United, Moloto may get an even bigger spotlight this season as the Riverhounds look to build on their return to the playoffs last fall.
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Riverhounds Coach Mark Steffens has little doubt over Moloto’s abilities, though.
“He's a special talent,” Steffens told Grubba. “He was kind of slow coming on, but the second half of the season, he was one of the top players in the league. We hope to keep him healthy, and he's definitely motivated.”
Moloto was a standout at the NAIA level for Lindsey Wilson College, where he scored 42 goals in 83 games and helped the program win a national championship. As his seven assists a year ago indicate, though, the 25-year-old is much more than just a goal-scorer.“He's more of a playmaker than he is a finisher, but he's got the ability to get into the box and finish,” Steffens told Grubba. “His creativity is what sets him apart from most players.”