Riverhounds sign defender Joe Greenspan

Posted on Jan 12 2018 - 2:58pm by Rachael McKriger
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After signing a crop of Rochester Rhinos players, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds are bringing back a familiar face.

The club announced Friday afternoon the signing of defender Joe Greenspan to a one-year contract. The contract also includes a club option for the 2019 season.

Greenspan featured in 10 matches last year for the Riverhounds, on loan from MLS club Minnesota United FC. Greenspan was put in the centerback role for 900 minutes of action.

“We’re excited to have Joe join the team,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “I really like his skill set for a center back – he’s a good ball winner, reads the game well and has great leadership qualities. Joe’s going to be a great fit for us and someone that can turn into a top-end player for our team and in this league.”

Even though his time in Pittsburgh was short, Greenspan finished fourth on the team with 66 clearances. Also, Greenspan helped the Riverhounds record four shut outs during his time at Highmark Stadium.

Greenspan started all 10 matches that he appeared in, never subbing off. He recorded 11 blocks, 31 intercepted passes and four total shots.

In college, Greenspan featured for the United States Naval Academy, and featured all four seasons. He was on the team that won the NCAA tournament in 2013, for the first time in 42 years.

In college, he scored 18 goals in 78 matches.

He was drafted by the Colorado Rapids with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. However, he only made four appearances for the club, and went on loan with the Charlotte Independence and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.


The Riverhounds currently have 11 players on their roster, including returning players Kevin Kerr, Tobi Adewole, Romeo Parkes, Chevaughn Walsh, Kay Banjo and Greenspan.

Other members of the roster include former members of the Rochester Rhinos: Kenardo Forbes, Christiano François, Jordan Dover, Dan Lynd and Raymond Lee.

Photo of Joe Greenspan courtesy of Rachael McKriger/McKriger Photography.

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