USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 17, 2016
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Thursday their first loanees from MLS partner Columbus Crew SC, as Ben Swanson and Marshall Hollingsworth joined the club ahead of the new USL season.
“We're fortunate to get Ben and Marshall on loan,” said Riverhounds Head Coach Mark Steffens. “The Columbus coaching staff feels that both of them will be playing with their first team in Major League Soccer in the near future.”
The 18-year-old Swanson signed with Crew SC as a Homegrown Player in October, 2014, and last year made his first appearance for the U.S. U20 National Team. Swanson featured in Crew SC's exhibition game against Spanish club Valencia last year, but has yet to make his competitive debut for Columbus.
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Hollingsworth signed his first professional contract with Columbus this month after being selected with the No. 41 pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder played collegiately at Division III Wheaton College, where he tallied 45 goals and 21 assists in 92 appearances.
“Marshall and Ben will benefit from valuable match experience while with Pittsburgh,” said Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter. “We look forward to monitoring their progress during their time on loan.”