The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have bolstered their defense again.
The club announced that they have received defender Shannon Gomez on loan from New York City FC. The Riverhounds and New York City FC have agreed to have Gomez stay in Pittsburgh for the rest of the 2017 season.
However, since Gomez is part of the MLS’ USL Loan Agreement, he can return to New York City anytime during the season and feature for both clubs.
The boost on defense is needed, as Joe Greenspan’s loan has been up for the Riverhounds, and Shane Campbell still remains sidelined with injury. Rich Balchan suffered an ACL injury back in April, and is out for the rest of the season.
In addition, Ryan Adeleye has yet to compete in a match this season, but has returned to the practice pitch. Also, Ritchie Duffie has also been out for the Riverhounds since the Louisville City FC match.
“This was an opportunity for us to acquire a really sharp, quick, experienced young player from a top organization like New York City FC,” Riverhounds head coach Dave Brandt said. “We’ve obviously dealt with some injuries in the back and having a young, talented player like Shannon, who can play right back, will help us moving forward this season.”
Gomez, who is from Trinidad & Tobago, started his career with W Connection F.C. in the TT Pro League.
In 2016, Gomez was a Discovery Signing on loan for New York City FC. However, during the offseason, he signed his first professional contract. To this day, he has not appeared in a match yet this season, and only dressed for a match once.
In 2015, Gomez made his national team debut for Trinidad & Tobago. He has two appearances under his belt for The Soca Warriors.
Gomez and the Riverhounds will host the Charlotte Independence on Tuesday for their annual Fourth of July match. Tickets are still available, with kickoff time expected at 7 p.m.
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