Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release -- www.riverhounds.com
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the signing of central defenders, Andrew Marshall and Anthony Vazquez, for their inaugural season at Highmark Stadium, pending USSF approval. Two strong and physical defenders, Marshall and Vazquez will provide the Riverhounds with depth and professional experience in the defensive third.
“This off-season, an area of focus was to search for players who would make our defense stronger and faster,” said Head Coach Justin Evans. “I believe with the addition of these two men we have done just that. Both Andrew and Anthony will bring an honest, hard-working, Pittsburgh-style mentality to our back line this year. I am very pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with both of them.”
Coming to Pittsburgh for his eighth professional season, Marshall will impact the Riverhounds’ back four with his ball-winning ability, composure, and veteran savvy. Spending the last two seasons with the Riverhounds intra-state rival, the Harrisburg City Islanders, Marshall played a key role in the Islanders back-to-back USL PRO Playoffs berths, highlighted by a trip to the 2011 USL PRO Championship game that saw Harrisburg fall to Orlando City in penalty kicks.
“It is an exciting time for soccer in Pittsburgh and I’m exciting for this season with the Riverhounds," Marshall said. "I am eager to be a part of what the Riverhounds have planned and I am grateful for the opportunity to play for a USL PRO Championship.”
A member of the Puerto Rican Men’s National Team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in March of 2008, Vazquez brings international experience to the Riverhounds’ back line. After finishing his collegiate career at Monmouth University, Vazquez signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders for the 2012 season and received quality minutes in his rookie campaign, including 10 starts, as he became a defensive anchor for the club.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Evans and the Riverhounds,” said Vazquez. “After coming off a great season with the Puerto Rico Islanders, I hope to bring a different element of experience to the club. I look forward to meeting the rest of my teammates, the organization, and hope to be a part of a successful season this year.”
The Riverhounds will release their official 2013 preseason schedule later this week, highlighted by matchups with a USL PRO foe, a Nike-supported program of up-and-coming U.S. soccer stars, and one of the top collegiate programs in the country. Stay tuned to riverhounds.com for the schedule details.