The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced tonight that they will be bringing back last year’s leading scorer — Rob Vincent — for a one-game loan for the June 4th home game vs Charleston Battery.
After scoring 22 goals in all competitions for the Hounds in 2015, Vincent’s contract was bought out by Major League Soccer’s DC United in February.
In six appearances for United, including one start in league play at New England, Vincent has not scored and has one shot on goal. He has not made an appearance in the last three games.
I had been in contact with him just a few days ago, as he provided his insights on recently ousted Riverhounds coach Mark Steffens.
“Mark came in at a difficult time and morale was pretty low and he immediately instilled a fresh mindset among the players and at the club,” said Vincent.
“He gave me a freedom to play, to be creative and to get forward and score goals,” added Vincent, who scored 22 goals in all competitions for the Hounds.
“I wouldn’t have had the season I had last year were it not for the trust he had in me and I have a lot of respect for the job Mark did during my time there.”
This will be a good opportunity for the Hounds — and their fans to have an opportunity see Vincent on the field in a Pittsburgh uniform one more time. I am sure it will make for a festive evening — in addition to being the home debut for new coach Dave Brandt.
The Riverhounds next game will be this Saturday, May 28, at New York Red Bulls II, with a late, 10 pm kickoff.