You can add two more additions to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds as they’ve added midfielder Bryan Arguez and defender Jamal Jack on one-year contracts, pending USL and USSF approval. Both deals include an option for the 2018 season.
The latest signings continue a flurry of moves for the Hounds this month, as the club has now finalized nine additions to the roster in December and is at 16 players officially under contract for the upcoming season.
The well-traveled Arguez, a 27-year old play making central midfielder, was drafted by Major League Soccer’s DC United in 2007, then became the youngest American player to debut in Bundesliga (Germany) with Hertha BSC in 2008-09.
Arguez also has a bit of a checkered past.
Arguez had to deal with allegations of rape, in 2013, when he was a member of the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks, he was charged during a road trip in Atlanta. He was released on $75,000 bond and, while awaiting trial, was confined to his home state of Florida. He rejected plea offers in an effort to prove his innocence and clear his name.
Arguez brings a ton of experience and can provide the Hounds with a talented, play-making midfielder. He was a two-time member of the U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad, scoring once in the 2009 U-20 World Cup against Cameroon.
“Bryan is a highly-experienced midfield player, who is someone that I think will help us immensely on the field this season,” said head coach Dave Brandt.
As for Jack, 28, who is a 6’3″ defender, he brings a bulk of his experience from within the TT Pro League of his native Trinidad and Tobago, where he has played for four different clubs. Jack has also registered two caps with his country’s national team.
“Jamal is a big body, and a strong and experienced technician and athlete,” Brandt said. “We expect Jamal to have an immediate impact within a rebuilt back four for this upcoming season.”
The defender started his professional career with Tobago United FC in 2009 before moving onto San Juan Jabloteh for two seasons. Following his time there, Jack spent the 2012-13 season with the St. Ann’s Rangers and then finally with Central FC from 2013-16.
Jack’s time with Central FC was particularly notable, as he helped the club to two league championships. He was loaned to Guyanese side Alpha United FC in 2014, helping the club capture a league championship as well.
His strong play with Central FC over the past three seasons, coupled with his successful stint with Alpha United, earned him a contract with Dragón in 2016. Jack helped bolster the back line for the CONCACAF Champions League in particular. He recorded two assists in four starts against the Portland Timbers of the MLS and Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Primera División.
At this point, the Riverhounds have continued to provide a face lift to its overall roster, even after announcing the signing of four returning players this week, now have a roster that includes nine new, and seven returning players.
Ryan Adeleye (Club option exercised in December)
Bryan Arguez (Signed to one-year deal on December 15)
Kay Banjo (Signed to one-year deal on November 23)
Keasel Broome (Signed to one-year deal on November 11)
Shane Campbell (Signed to one-year deal on November 23)
Ritchie Duffie (Signed to one-year deal on November 15)
Danny Earls (Club option exercised in December)
Devaughn Elliott (Signed to one-year deal on December 8)
Corey Hertzog (Club option exercised in December)
Kenroy Howell (Signed to one-year deal on December 12)
Jamal Jack (Signed to one-year deal on December 15)
Kevin Kerr (Already under contract)
John Manga (Signed to one-year deal on November 15)
Jack Thompson (Club option exercised in December)
Nick Thompson (Club option exercised in December)
Chevaughn Walsh (Already under contract)