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PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Friday the club had signed the 2016 PDL Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot winner, Chevaughn Walsh. The signing is pending receipt of the Jamaican forward’s finalized visa approval.
Walsh scored a club record 14 goals for the Ocean City Nor'easters in the PDL this summer to earn the league's MVP award, as well as take Golden Boot honors. Walsh led the Nor’easters to the PDL Eastern Conference Championship, and finished the year as the No. 2-ranked prospect on the league's Top Prospect list.
"We think Chevaughn can be a really good forward. He's still young, but he can be good right away and he's only going to get better," said Riverhounds Head Coach Dave Brandt. "If it's possible to call the PDL MVP an uncovered diamond, or a diamond in the rough, I just think until recently nobody knew about him and he really exploded onto the PDL scene with a big year. And we're thrilled to have him here – it's just a really good, and big, signing for the club."
A native of Spanish Town, Jamaica, Walsh's league-leading offensive numbers were buoyed by 60 shots attempted on the season, including two hat tricks in his 14 regular-season appearances. Walsh’s 14 goals and 31 points were club records, and he became only the second player in the Nor'easters’ 20-year history to claim MVP honors.
Walsh is the second player from the 2016 PDL All-League Team to have been signed by a USL club since the end of the PDL season, with the Fresno Fuego’s Christian Chaney having signed with Sacramento Republic FC last week.