What a week for Keasel Broome.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds was thrown into net on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. During pregame warm ups, starter Trey Mitchell fell to a dislocated shoulder injury. That made head coach Dave Brandt scratch out Mitchell’s name, and write in Broome’s name.
Broome made five saves in the match, which the Riverhounds won 2-0, denying Tampa Bay’s attacking forces. Out of the five saves, three were close range shots. Broome even stopped a shot from former England Men’s National Team player Joe Cole.
“Keasel played a whale of a game and I think the guys in front of him did too,” Brandt said on Thursday.
The match was Broome’s third start of the season.
You never want someone to get hurt but I’m just glad I can help the team out any way I can,” Broome commented post-game, Thursday. “The guys in front of me did their part, all credit to them. They made my job a lot easier. To get a clean sheet I think is huge. I think we build off that now and continue to get better.”
Due to his efforts in the match, Broome has been named to the USL’s Team of the Week.
In addition, Broome announced on Monday that he had been called up to the Barbados Men’s National Team for upcoming matches. Broome has made four appearances for Barbados in net since 2015.
This season, six Riverhounds players have made Team of the Week honors.
As for his international duty, Broome will look to feature in the Windward Island Tournament, in Grenada. Barbados is slated to face Dominica (June 30), St. Lucia (July 2), St. Vincent (July 4) and Grenada (July 6).
The Riverhounds have noted that Broome will be back for their trip down south to face Orlando City B on Saturday, July 8.
Meanwhile, Broome will miss the Riverhounds’ July 4 match against the Charlotte Independence, which will be held at Highmark Stadium.
The Riverhounds only have Mitchell as the other goalkeeper on the roster, and he is currently in rehab and recovery for his shoulder.
— PGH Riverhounds (@PghRiverhounds) June 27, 2017
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