PITTSBURGH (July 10, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC defender Joe Greenspan has been named to USL Team of the Week after playing a pivotal role in two clean sheet efforts over North Carolina FC and Ottawa Fury FC.
Greenspan dazzled across the two matches, leading the club with a combined 15 clearances, as well as winning 19-of-25 duels and recording seven interceptions. His header on goal against Ottawa in the first half also directly resulted in the eventual game-winning tally from fellow center back Hugh Roberts this past Sunday. Greenspan’s shot on goal forced a strong save from the Ottawa goalkeeper, with the ensuing rebound producing the second chance opportunity for Todd Pratzner to find Roberts in the box for the goal.
In his first full season with the Hounds, after spending a spell on loan with the club last year, Greenspan most recently returned from injury on June 16 after a 10-game absence. The Westfield, New Jersey native has wasted no time getting reacclimated, as the Hounds have reeled off five straight shutouts since his return. In fact, the club has yet to allow a goal in general when Greenspan has been on the pitch – a gaudy 556 minutes in total.
The weekly honor for Greenspan marks the 10th time, and third straight week, a Hound has been named to USL Team of the Week.
In addition, midfielder Christiano François earned a spot on the Team of the Week bench for his game-winning tally against North Carolina on the Fourth of July.
Pittsburgh gets to enjoy this week off from action before returning on Saturday, July 21 to host the Charleston Battery at Highmark Stadium. Set to kick off at 7 p.m., tickets are still available at Riverhounds.com, while fans can also catch all the action live on ESPN+.
For more information on the USL Team of the Week for Week 17, visit USLsoccer.com.
HOUNDS NAMED TO TEAM OF THE WEEK
Joe Greenspan: Week 17 – July 10
Kenardo Forbes: Week 16 – July 3
Hugh Roberts: Week 15 – June 26
Romeo Parkes: Week 10 – May 22
Jordan Dover: Week 9 – May 15
Neco Brett: Week 8 – May 8
Tobi Adewole: Week 7 – May 1
Thomas Vancaeyezeele: Week 6 – April 24
Tobi Adewole: Week 5 – April 17
Neco Brett: Week 4 – April 10 (Player of the Week)