PITTSBURGH (March 2, 2023) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed goalkeeper Jonathan Gomes to a one-year deal with a team option for 2024. The first-year pro’s deal is pending USL and U.S. Soccer approval.
Gomes, 24, recently completed his college career at nearby Mercyhurst University, where he led the Lakers to a 19-1-1 record, the 2022 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title and an NCAA Division II Tournament appearance. With 15 shutouts and only four goals allowed all season, Gomes was named the PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Year and a Conference Commissioners Association Division II All-American.
“Jon is a young goalkeeper that is working hard and growing every day. He is a good shot stopper who possesses length and athleticism, and he should flourish working under goalkeeping coach Jon Busch. We look forward to seeing his growth during the 2023 USL Championship season,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said.
In his first season with the Lakers in 2021, Gomes allowed 19 goals in 18 appearances, accumulating a 12-4-2 record in those matches.
Before joining Mercyhurst as a grad transfer, Gomes played for the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, though the Broward County, Fla. native made only one appearance for the Seahawks. The 6-foot-3 goalkeeper is the third under contract for the Hounds this season, joining returning Jahmali Waite and fellow first-year pro Christian Garner.