PITTSBURGH (March 18, 2021) - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed defender Casey Bartlett-Scott to a deal for the 2021 USL Championship season with a club option for 2022, pending USL and USSF approval.
Bartlett-Scott, 26, a native of Portsmouth, England, is joining the Hounds on his first professional deal and returning to the U.S., where he was an NAIA All-American at Columbia College (Mo.). "Casey is a left-footed defender who is quite good in 1-v-1 matchups. He will bring pace and intensity to our group of defenders, and we are looking forward to working with him during the 2021 USL Championship season," Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said.
Bartlett-Scott was twice named a first-team All-American Midwest Conference selection before earning first-team All-America honors as a senior in 2019. That season, Bartlett-Scott started all 24 games, posting two goals and four assists, as Columbia College went 23-1, losing for the only time in the NAIA semifinals to Hastings College.
During his time as an amateur in the U.S., Bartlett-Scott also appeared for the Saint Louis FC U-23s and the Erie Admirals. He started for the Admirals against the Hounds in a 2018 second-round U.S. Open Cup match at Gannon University, which the Hounds won, 2-1. Most recently, Bartlett-Scott was playing in his native England for Fareham Town, an amateur club in the Wessex League in the lower divisions of English football.
The signing brings the number of players under contract for the 2021 season to 18. Players are slated to begin reporting to Pittsburgh next weekend for the beginning of preseason.
Players currently under contract:
Forwards - Russell Cicerone, Albert Dikwa, Alex Dixon, Josh Gatt
Midfielders - Danny Griffin, Kenardo Forbes, Louis Perez, Anthony Velarde, Todd Wharton
Defenders - Ezra Armstrong, Casey Bartlett-Scott, Jordan Dover, Preston Kilwien, Dani Rovira, Mekeil Williams
Goalkeepers - Jake Leeker, Chris Morrish, Danny Vitiello