Then there were four for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The Riverhounds now have four players – all returners from the 2017 season – signed on their roster for 2018.
On Friday, the club announced that they re-signed Kay Banjo and Tobi Adewole to one-year contracts, with an option for 2019.
They join Romeo Parkes, who was just signed this week, and Chevaughn Walsh.
“Tobi and Kay are young players that we believe have bright futures,” said head coach Bob Lilley. “We definitely feel these are the types of players we want to develop moving forward and although they’re in the early stages of their careers, they have shown the ability to compete at the USL level.”
Banjo featured in 19 regular-season games for the Riverhounds, totaling six starts. He featured in 707 minutes, and scored two goals.
In addition, Banjo also recorded two assists.
“Kay’s creativity, quickness and technical ability around the goal will make us more dynamic in the final third,” Lilley said.
Banjo’s signing comes at a crucial time, where leading scorer Corey Hertzog announced he would not return for the upcoming season.
As for Adewole, the defender featured in 15 matches, starting all appearances. He totaled 1,322 minutes where he made 100 clearances and blocked 12 shots.
Adewole didn’t score any goals or provide any assists, but he did intercept 38 passes and only rack up 11 fouls.
“For Tobi, a first year player, to show the consistency he did in the back is impressive. He has good athleticism in the air and has shown the ability to be strong in his one-on-one defending,” Lilley said.
The Riverhounds will continue to make signings during the offseason.
Washington heads to Nashville
While the Riverhounds welcomed back two players, they also said farewell to another.
Nashville SC, the newest club on the USL block, announced they signed defender Taylor Washington. Washington featured in 29 matches for the Riverhounds.
Washington started 28 games, racking up 2,416 minutes.
On defense, Washington made 91 clearances, blocked one shot and intercepted 96 passes.
On offense, he provided one assist and had one shot on goal.
Nashville head coach Gary Smith raved about Washington’s successful season.
“Taylor is comfortable on either side of the field, as an outside back or wide midfielder,” Smith said. “He has wonderful energy and enthusiasm, is bright in the attacking half of the field and tenacious in the defending half.”
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