HOMETOWN: Bogotá, Colombia
PREVIOUS TEAM: University of Vermont (NCAA)
PRONUNCIATION: DAN-ee RO-veer-uh
Dani Rovira returns to the Riverhounds for his fifth season with Riverhounds SC in 2023 after signing a new deal during the offseason.
Rovira’s versatility made has him a critical piece since arriving in Pittsburgh, and in 2022, he set a career high with five assists while appearing in 29 games with 16 starts. That continued the hybrid role as both a defender and midfielder he took over in 2021, when he started 20 of the 29 games in which he appeared. That season, he led the team with 66 tackles and added two assists while playing a career-most 1,788 minutes.
In 2020, Rovira appeared in 10 games with four starts, playing roles both on defense and in the midfield. He recorded his first assist for the Hounds on Aug. 19 when he set up Steevan Dos Santos for the opening goal in a 2-0 win at Loudoun United. He made eight appearances for Pittsburgh in his first pro season, 2019, including four starts after he signed with the club at the start of the year.
The Bogotá, Colombia native began his college career at Dean College (Mass.), where he was named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-America Second Team as a sophomore after finishing third on the squad with seven assists.
Rovira then moved on to the University of Vermont for the 2017-18 seasons. He totaled 33 games played (23 starts) and two assists with the Catamounts, both of which came during his senior season.