Pittsburgh Soccer Report

In signing former All-USL player Chin, Hounds add proven scorer


It’s still early in the preseason, but the Riverhounds haven’t exactly been lighting things up in the attack.

On Friday, the Hounds took a step toward adding a potentially potent piece to the attack with the announcement of the signing of former USL All-League player Dennis Chin to a one-year deal with a club option for the 2019 season, pending league and USSF approval.

Chin, 30, joins the club after most recently playing for Ironi Nesher F.C. of Liga Leumit, the second tier of professional soccer in Israel.

The Kingston, Jamaica native played a major role in Orlando City’s run-up to MLS play, scoring 22 goals in four seasons (2011-14) with the then USL Pro side. Winning Golden Boot honors, he led the league with 11 tallies during his sophomore campaign.

“Dennis is a proven winner and goal-scorer in our league,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “His speed and ability to get behind the defense makes him a constant threat for opposing teams. We also look forward to having his experience and leadership on and off the field.”

Beginning his professional career with Orlando City in 2011, Chin debuted on May 14 against the Hounds as a second-half substitute. His contributions as a whole to Orlando were considerable, as he helped the Lions to two USL Pro championships and three regular season titles. During the club’s two championship runs in 2011 and 2013, Chin scored a combined six goals in six games, including being a thorn in the Hounds’ side during the 2013 quarterfinals with one goal and one assist in a 5-0 victory.

The forward’s sophomore season in 2012 proved his most notable, as his 11 goals and 24 points both paced the league en route to All-League First Team honors. In addition, he was nominated for Most Valuable Player of the Year alongside teammate and eventual winner Kevin Molino.

Following Orlando’s jump to MLS for the 2015 season, Chin signed with Arizona United SC, now Phoenix Rising FC, before moving to Ottawa Fury FC the ensuing year. He tallied four goals between these two years in USL and NASL play.

Chin was transferred to Ironi Nesher midway through his season with Ottawa in August 2016. He finished his Israeli-side career with five goals in 29 appearances during the 2016-17 campaign.

With the addition of Chin, Pittsburgh’s roster stands at 14 players signed entering the third week of preseason for the club.