PITTSBURGH (March 4, 2020) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed goalkeeper Tomas Gomez to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season, pending USL Championship and USSF approval.
Playing under head coach Bob Lilley with the Rochester Rhinos in 2016 and 2017, Gomez won the league’s Golden Gloves Award during each campaign, which is awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-against average (GAA) for the season. The goalkeeper posted a 0.69 GAA in 2016 and a 0.75 GAA in 2017.
"Tomas is a well-rounded goalkeeper who will be very important to our goalkeeping core this year,” Lilley said. “His experience and ability to win big games has been proven over the last four years in the USL Championship. We feel he will be a steadying influence for the team on the field and in the locker room."
For the past two seasons (2018-19), Gomez has suited up for Saint Louis FC. In this timeframe, he has posted 37 games played and 12 clean sheets.
For his USL Championship career, Gomez holds 77 games played, 30 shutouts and a 1.00 GAA.
Columbus Crew SC drafted the Georgetown University product with the No. 60 overall selection in the third round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. The goalkeeper did not sign with Crew SC, but instead inked a contract with MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes for the 2015 campaign. He did not appear in a match for the Earthquakes.
Riverhounds SC now has 20 players under contract for the 2020 season.
Roster breakdown for 2020 season:
Forwards (4): Steevan Dos Santos, Lukas Fernandes, Mark Forrest, Ropapa Mensah
Midfielders (6): Dakota Barnathan, Kenardo Forbes, Danny Griffin, Robbie Mertz, Dani Rovira, Anthony Velarde
Defenders (7): Xhelil Asani, Jordan Dover, Ryan James, Mark Lindstrom, Skylar Thomas, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Tony Walls
Goalkeepers (3): Tomas Gomez, Anthony Mwembia, Danny Vitiello