Potentially down to zero goalkeepers for its Fourth of July clash at Highmark Stadium with the Charlotte Independence, the Riverhounds added Macklin Robinson on loan from North Carolina FC of the NASL on Friday.
Starter Trey Mitchell’s status remain unclear after suffering a shoulder injury during pregame warm ups against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on June 22, while his replacement for that match, Keasel Broome, is away on national team duty for Barbados in the Windward Island Tournament until July 6.
“We’re obviously in need of goalkeeping help for the Charlotte game in light of Trey’s injury and Keasel being away on international duty,” head coach Dave Brandt said. “We played against Macklin in preseason [1-1 draw on Feb. 18] and are looking forward to having him on our side this time around. He’s an excellent young keeper and we’re grateful to North Carolina FC for making him available to us.”
Robinson, 23, originally signed with North Carolina FC – then the Carolina RailHawks – in 2016. The keeper has yet to make a regular season appearance for the club with his lone start coming in the Second Round of this year’s U.S. Open Cup – a 6-1 victory over the Carolina Dynamo.
The Hounds may not be done making moves ahead of Tuesday’s match if Mitchell is not ready to go as he recovers from what was diagnosed as a shoulder separation. As reported earlier this week, if Mitchell is unable to go, the Hounds could add a second keeper on loan from another team, potentially from MLS affiliate partners Columbus Crew, who also have games scheduled on Saturday and Tuesday.
Robinson is a Cincinnati, Ohio native who played collegiately at both Ohio Dominican and DePaul University prior to joining North Carolina FC.
This was the second roster move in the past two days for the Hounds, as they also announced the addition of NYCFC defender Shannon Gomez on loan on Thursday.