Photo courtesy Adrian Kraus / Rochester Rhinos
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced on Tuesday the club had signed goalkeeper Dan Lynd, a former member of the Hounds’ PDL squad, and defender Jordan Dover to one-year deals with a club option for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
Both former members of the Rochester Rhinos, Lynd and Dover rejoin teammates Christiano François and Raymond Lee in Pittsburgh, who were signed earlier this month by the Hounds in the club’s first new additions this offseason. Lynd is coming off a season where he made 10 appearances for the Rhinos, serving as the principal back-up to USL Golden Glove-winner Tomas Gomez and recorded three shutouts.
In addition to competing for the Riverhounds U23 side, Lynd competed collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, where he made 51 appearances in his career for the Panthers. The 23-year-old worked with current Hounds goalkeeping coach Hunter Gilstrap in his first two years at Pitt, as well as when with the Riverhounds U23.
“It’s very exciting for us to have Dan coming back to Pittsburgh,” said Gilstrap. “I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to coach him while he was here and we’ve kept in touch over the years. With him coming back, it now feels as if things are coming full circle.
“He is a good young goalkeeper with tons of upside and I’m looking forward to working with him this season to help him develop into the top-level pro keeper we think he is capable of becoming.”
Dover made 23 regular-season appearances for the Rhinos in his first professional season, and the 23-year-old defender also started in both of the club’s contests in the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs. A native of Ajax, Ontario, the 23-year-old appeared predominantly at right back for Rochester, as he recorded 46 interceptions on the season.
“Jordan was more than deserving of his Rookie of the Year award in Rochester. He shows up every day ready to compete,” said Riverhounds Head Coach Bob Lilley said. “On the ball, he is very hard to beat in wide areas and explosive going forward, which leaves opposing wingers having to chase him more often than not.”
With the signings of Lynd and Dover, the Riverhounds roster currently sits at nine players under contract heading into the New Year.