It's been a busy Saturday of signing announcements for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Three separate press releases feature players spread across the pitch - striker “Boyzzz” Khumalo, midfielders Travis MacKenzie and Jeff Hughes, defender John Liersemann and finally keeper Andrew Keszler.
The signings bring tremendous talent and local history to the team.
MacKenzie's brother Derek played for the Hounds in 2006 and Travis is a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School (the Hounds 2008 home field) and Duquesne University. Their father was also a player for MISL Pittsburgh Spirit. (All three of the MacKenzie clan can also be found playing for a certain local pub's pick-up matches throughout the summer.)
A native of Soweto, South Africa, Khumalo was a draft pick of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire. He spent '04 and '05 with the Charleston Battery where he played in USL-1 with fellow Hound Jason Kutney. In '06 he played for the Wilmington Hammerheads, he goes up against his former squad (away) for the first time on May 8th. The Hammerheads visit Pittsburgh on Saturday June 21st.
Hughes will also be going up against his former team with Boyzzz! The new Hounds midfielder joined the Hammerheads in 2006 after a stint with Bundesliga club TSV 1860 München.
Joining Kutney on the back line, Liersemann was a four-year starter at the University of Cincinnati where he scored 7 times for the Bearcats.
As for keeper Andrew Keszler, we'll let his abilities speak for themselves.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!
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