PITTSBURGH (December 15, 2016) – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have made two more additions to their roster this month, adding midfielder Bryan Arguez and defender Jamal Jack on one-year contracts, pending USL and USSF approval. Both deals include an option for the 2018 season.
The latest signings continue a flurry of moves for the Hounds this month, as the club has now finalized nine additions to the roster in December and is at 16 players officially under contract for the upcoming season.
Arguez, 27, comes to Pittsburgh from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he competed for the Strikers in the NASL this past year. Jack, 28, joins the club from C.D. Dragón of the Primera División in El Salvador, reuniting with his former teammate Kenroy Howell, who was signed by the Hounds earlier this week on a one-year deal.
A native of Miami, Arguez has nearly 10 years of experience professionally and has also represented the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at all youth levels.
“Bryan is a highly-experienced midfield player, who is someone that I think will help us immensely on the field this season,” said head coach Dave Brandt.
Drafted by D.C. United in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Arguez spent one season in Washington before joining Bundesliga side Hertha BSC. In Berlin, Arguez made 10 appearances for the club’s second team. His one appearance for the first team came on February 2, 2008, in the process becoming the then-youngest American player to debut in the Bundesliga at 19 years old – Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund recently captured the honor in 2016, debuting at 17.
Following his time in Germany, Arguez stayed primarily in the U.S. professional circuit, save for a stint on loan from Miami FC with G.D. Estoril Praia in Portugal in 2010.
He returned to the MLS briefly in 2012 with the Montreal Impact, but did not record an appearance. The midfielder though did experience success on loan from the club with FC Edmonton, tallying a goal over 13 appearances and earning NASL Player of the Week for his efforts.
After brief stays with Minnesota United FC and the Carolina RailHawks in 2013, Arguez played for Miami Dade FC, FC Miami City and Miami FC over the next three years. He returned to Fort Lauderdale for his second stint with the Strikers this past year and has notched 33 appearances in total for the club – Arguez helped the club to the league final in 2011.
Internationally, Arguez has made appearances for the USMNT at the U17, U20 and U23 levels. Totaling 44 appearances in all, he recorded two goals and most notably participated in the 2007 and 2009 U20 FIFA World Cups.
For Jack, a bulk of his experience comes within the TT Pro League of his native Trinidad and Tobago, where he has played for four different clubs. Jack has also registered two caps with his country’s national team.
“Jamal is a big body, and a strong and experienced technician and athlete,” Brandt said. “We expect Jamal to have an immediate impact within a rebuilt back four for this upcoming season.”
The defender started his professional career with Tobago United FC in 2009 before moving onto San Juan Jabloteh for two seasons. Following his time there, Jack spent the 2012-13 season with the St. Ann’s Rangers and then finally with Central FC from 2013-16.
Jack’s time with Central FC was particularly notable, as he helped the club to two league championships. He was loaned to Guyanese side Alpha United FC in 2014, helping the club capture a league championship as well.
His strong play with Central FC over the past three seasons, coupled with his successful stint with Alpha United, earned him a contract with Dragón in 2016. Jack helped bolster the back line for the CONCACAF Champions League in particular. He recorded two assists in four starts against the Portland Timbers of the MLS and Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Primera División.
The current roster for the 2017 season is as follows:
Ryan Adeleye (Club option exercised in December)
Bryan Arguez (Signed to one-year deal on December 15)
Kay Banjo (Signed to one-year deal on November 23)
Keasel Broome (Signed to one-year deal on November 11)
Shane Campbell (Signed to one-year deal on November 23)
Ritchie Duffie (Signed to one-year deal on November 15)
Danny Earls (Club option exercised in December)
Devaughn Elliott (Signed to one-year deal on December 8)
Corey Hertzog (Club option exercised in December)
Kenroy Howell (Signed to one-year deal on December 12)
Jamal Jack (Signed to one-year deal on December 15)
Kevin Kerr (Already under contract)
John Manga (Signed to one-year deal on November 15)
Jack Thompson (Club option exercised in December)
Nick Thompson (Club option exercised in December)
Chevaughn Walsh (Already under contract)