The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the signing of forward Collins John.

“Collins is a big, physical striker with a nose for scoring goals,” said Riverhounds Head Coach Justin Evans.  “He has a tremendous amount of attacking talent and will be a handful for defenses in this league."

John, a 28-year old striker from the Netherlands spent five years in the English Premier League for Fulham where he tallied 20 goals in 92 appearances between 2004 and 2009.

“Signing a player who has successfully performed on the world's biggest stage is undoubtedly monumental for our club,” said Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney, “and signing him at such a young age is obviously exciting.”

John made 17 appearances scoring 3 goals with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010.

John was part of the Netherlands under-21 squad that won the 2006 European Championship in Portugal. He also had two international appearances with the Netherlands senior squad in 2004.

John is the 4th addition to the Riverhounds roster from the 2013 season.  He joins forward Joseph Ngwenya, midfielder Anthony Obodai, and defender Brian Fekete.

The Riverhounds’ 2014 season officially begins on March 29 in Florida, against defending USL PRO champions Orlando City. The Hounds’ home opener at Highmark Stadium is set for April 12 against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

For tickets and stadium information, go to Riverhounds.com