Photo courtesy George Washington Athletics
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Monday they had signed defender Tobi Adewole to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2018 season, pending USL and USSF approval.
Adewole, 21, joins the Hounds after competing for George Washington University, where he made 64 appearances (61 starts) for the Colonials, recording five goals and five assists across four seasons. He additionally competed for the Jersey Express in the PDL during his college career.
"Tobi is a player I knew from the college game at George Washington. He's a big, rangy center back with long legs and a great tackler with good speed that reads the game well," said Riverhounds Head Coach Dave Brandt. "I believe he's one of the better center backs in the country at the college level, period. And I think he's been overlooked by a lot of people."
A native of Ashton, Md., Adewole was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team in 2013, leading the Colonials freshmen in minutes played (1,144) en route to George Washington Athletics Male Rookie of the Year honors.
He started in all but one of his appearances for the Colonials in the ensuing three seasons, finishing in the top-two in minutes played each year. His play was highlighted by back-to-back All-Conference honors in 2015 and 2016, as well as National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Midwest Region recognition in 2015.
The defender's senior season was particularly notable; as Adewole helped anchor the Colonials defense to a program-record nine clean sheets and league-bests in goals-against average (.062) and goals allowed overall (12).
With the addition of Adewole, the Hounds now have 21 players officially under contract for the 2017 season.