PITTSBURGH (January 24, 2022) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed veteran midfielder Angelo Kelly-Rosales to a one-year deal with a team option for 2023, pending USL and U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
Kelly-Rosales, 28, has spent the past four seasons patrolling the middle of the field for the Charleston Battery. Last season, he was the leader in games played (29), minutes played (2,532), tackles (70) and interceptions (47) for the Hounds’ Eastern Conference rivals.
“Angelo is a versatile player who competes well, has a good feel for the game and has been a consistent performer for Charleston over the past few seasons. We are looking forward to working with Angelo in 2022,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said.
Born in Honduras and raised in Iowa, Kelly-Rosales went to college in his home state and was a standout for NAIA William Penn University. He came up through the USL ranks, first playing the Premier Development League with the Thunder Bay Chill (2015), Midland/Odessa Sockers (2016) and Mississippi Brilla (2017), before making the jump to the Championship with the Battery before the 2018 season.
Kelly-Rosales made a total of 90 appearances over four seasons for the Battery. Charleston made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2020.
The signing means the Hounds enter 2022 with three durable midfielders who each logged more than 2,500 minutes a season ago — all-USL second teamer Kenardo Forbes, Danny Griffin and Kelly-Rosales. The Hounds begin preseason camp a week from today on Monday, Jan. 31.