PITTSBURGH (February 27, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC announced four more additions to their 2018 roster heading into the fourth week of preseason action. All on trial since the start of training camp on Feb. 5, forward Neco Brett and midfielders Mouhamed Dabo, Bakie Goodman and Joe Holland have signed one-year deals with a club option for the 2019 season, pending USL and USSF approval.
The latest player signings boost the Hounds roster to 18 players under contract with the start of the 2018 campaign less than a month away. The club continues preseason play this week with dates at the University of Pittsburgh and Bethlehem Steel FC this week. For more information, visit Riverhounds.com.
Neco Brett | 5-8 / 165 | Kingston, Jamaica | Portland Timbers 2
Brett, 25, currently leads the Hounds in scoring overall this preseason with six points on two goals and two assists. Formerly with Portland Timbers 2, Brett notably tallied seven goals with Timbers 2 in 2016 after being drafted by the parent club in the second round of the SuperDraft. He made his MLS debut that same season as a sub in a 4-2 win in May over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
“We’re happy to have Neco this year, he’s worked exceptionally hard and he’s having success because of his willingness to do whatever necessary,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “He’s a proven goal-scorer and will certainly be pushing guys for playing time because of his determination and work-rate.”
Prior to his time in Portland, Brett starred locally at Robert Morris University. The forward tallied an impressive 42 goals in 54 matches between his sophomore and senior seasons and earned Northeast Conference Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Brett also had stints with Fort Pitt FC Regiment and Reading United of the NPSL and PDL, respectively, during this time.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Brett played in the Red Stripe Premier League with Harbour View F.C. and Portmore United in 2011-12. He also has experience at the international level, competing with the Reggae Boyz U-17 and U-20 squads.
Mouhamed Dabo | 5-9 / 165 | Senegal | Penn FC
Dabo, 22, comes to the club from in-state rival Penn FC, where he spent two seasons at the state capital. Primarily a holding midfielder, Dabo made 42 appearances for the then City Islanders, including being part of the lone Harrisburg squad to capture the Keystone Derby Cup in 2016.
“Dabo has had a great start to camp and definitely has been one of the more consistent performers so far in preseason,” Lilley said. “He’s a very good ball-winner in the middle of the field and always plays with intensity.”
The Senegal native began his playing career in the Inter Milan and Arsenal FC youth systems, as well as made five appearances for the Lions of Teranga U-17 team.
Dabo has one goal so far this preseason coming last week against the University of Charleston.
Bakie Goodman | 5-9 / 145 | Sarasota, Fla. | Detroit City FC
Further bolstering the Hounds midfield, Goodman, 22, joins the club after last playing for Detroit City FC of the NPSL. With Le Rouge, Goodman racked up nine points (2 G/5 A) in 15 appearances.
“Bakie is a very good possession player,” Lilley said. “He’s a crafty midfielder who we’re excited to work with this year because of his ability to connect passes and successfully work himself out of high pressure areas.”
Goodman experienced a very successful collegiate career in four years with Georgetown University, eventually leading to him being selected by the Seattle Sounders with the 56th overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. The Sarasota, Florida native made 80 appearances (71 starts) with the Hoyas, helping the club to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two BIG EAST regular season championships and one conference tournament title in 2015.
Goodman has one goal in three preseason appearances with the Hounds.
Joe Holland | 5-10 / 170 | London, England | Houston Dynamo
A native of London, England, Holland, 24, was drafted 10th overall by the Houston Dynamo in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. The midfielder made five appearances in total with the Orange Crush, as well as split time in the USL with affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, where he tallied four goals in 13 appearances.
“Joe brings creativity to the final third and is able to both create opportunities and score goals out of the midfield,” Lilley said. “After a great career at Hofstra and getting drafted early by Houston, we feel fortunate to have a player of his caliber here in Pittsburgh.”
Holland originally came to the states in 2012 to play collegiately for Hofstra University. He enjoyed a successful career with the Pride from 2012-16, amassing 66 points (19 G/28 A) in 79 games and helping the club to back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season titles in 2015 and 2016 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. His list of individual accolades includes CAA Player of the Year and National Soccer Coaches’ Association All-American in 2015, as well as multiple All-Conference and All-Region honors.
Holland has two goals so far this preseason, appearing in all five matches to date for the Black and Gold.
Roster breakdown for 2018 season
Forwards (4): Kay Banjo, Neco Brett, Dennis Chin, Romeo Parkes
Midfielders (7): Mouhamed Dabo, Ben Fitzpatrick, Bakie Goodman, Kenardo Forbes, Joe Holland, Christiano François, Kevin Kerr
Defenders (4): Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover, Joe Greenspan, Raymond Lee
Goalkeepers (3): Mike Kirk, Dan Lynd, Kyle Morton