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Hounds ink defender Shane Wiedt to deal for 2021

By Riverhounds Staff, 04/29/21, 2:45PM EDT

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Akron, Ohio native finished college career at Pitt in 2018 before turning pro

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed defender Shane Wiedt to a one-year deal for the 2021 season with a club option for 2022, pending USL Championship and USSF approval.

Wiedt, 25, is a native of Akron, Ohio, and he is making a return to the Steel City after finishing his college career in 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh.

“Shane sees the game well from the back and is comfortable on the ball under pressure,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. “He has shown consistency during our preseason and will bring quality to our defensive group for the 2021 season.”

Wiedt came to Pitt and started 16 games as a graduate transfer after playing the first three years of his college career with the University of Akron. In 2017, his Zips team reached the NCAA semifinals before losing 2-0 to eventual champion Stanford.

After finishing at Pitt, Wiedt entered the pro ranks midway through the 2019 USL season, signing with Loudoun United. Over the next season and a half, Wiedt made 20 appearances, and he scored his first professional goal for Loudoun during the shortened 2020 season.

Wiedt has been with the Hounds as an invited trialist throughout the preseason. He has appeared in all five preseason matches thus far, starting two, as he earned his way onto the roster.