The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have made another change in goal.
Keasel Broome has been ruled out for the remainder of the Riverhounds 2017 season, due a season-ending wrist surgery.
Broome’s replacement will be Matt Perrella, a 25-year-old goalkeeper who has most recently featured for the Bethlehem Steel FC. Perrella owns four appearances with the Steel.
“While it’s unfortunate for us to lose Keasel, who did an excellent job recently in filling in for an injured Trey Mitchell, we are really fortunate to find a keeper of Matt’s experience and ability at this point in the season,” said head coach Dave Brandt. “Matt’s been in training with us for a week now and we’ve been very happy with his performance and are glad he’s in Pittsburgh”
Perrella spent four years in Delaware at Rider University, playing Division I soccer. After his undergraduate career ended, he headed overseas to England, where he earned a Master’s Degree from Durham University.
During his time in England, he featured for Durham City A.F.C., a non-league club.
However, according to the Riverhounds, he had trials with Newcastle United F.C., Udinese Calcio in Italy, LB Châteauroux in France, FK Daugava Rīga in Latvia and APOEL FC in Cyprus during his time in Europe.
Back in the United States, Perrella signed with the Carolina Railhawks – a former team of Riverhounds goalkeeper coach Hunter Gilstrap – and New Jersey Copa SC before signing with the Steel FC.
The Riverhounds will travel to the middle of the state on Saturday, to face the Harrisburg City Islanders in the Keystone Derby Cup final. The match – which will be held at FNB Field – will begin at 7 p.m.
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