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Hounds add defender Jalen Robinson to bolster back line

By Riverhounds Staff, 05/21/21, 9:00AM EDT

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PITTSBURGH (May 21, 2021) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed defender Jalen Robinson to a contract for the remainder of the 2021 season with a club option for 2022. The deal is pending USL and USSF approval.

Robinson, 27, comes to the Hounds after spending six seasons under contract with MLS club D.C. United, where he began his pro career.

“Jalen is a player with versatility on the backline who is quick and comfortable on the ball,” Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. “He also competes well in the air and will be a good addition to our current group of defenders for the 2021 USL season.”

A native of Catonsville, Md., Robinson rose through the D.C. United Academy before attending Wake Forest University. Robinson played two years for the Demon Deacons under current Pitt head coach Jay Vidovich, and he earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore.

After his sophomore year at Wake Forest, he signed with D.C. United as a homegrown player before the 2014 season. He made his pro debut that season in USL while on loan to the Richmond Kickers, and later in the season made 19 appearances on loan to Arizona United.

Robinson also made his D.C. United debut as a rookie in a 1-0 loss in the fourth-round U.S. Open Cup against the Rochester Rhinos, then coached by Bob Lilley. The next year, Robinson got an Open Cup start at Highmark Stadium when D.C. United topped the Hounds, 3-1 in extra time, in the fourth round.

The former U.S. Under-18 international spent parts of 2015 and 2016 on loan to Richmond once again before appearing in his first MLS match June 19, 2016. He would appear in 26 MLS matches for D.C. before the team elected not to renew his contract after the 2019 season.