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Gilstrap and Kutney Honored

Posted by espo On 3:20 PM
Hunter Gilstrap and Jason Kutney were recognized for their heroics during a scoreless draw this past weekend as both players were named to the USL Second Division Team of the Week.

USL2 Week 1 Team Honors

There was a moment in the game at Real Maryland this past weekend that I realized how important the acquisition of Hunter Gilstrap was for this club. There was a cross, there was a shot and there was an unbelievable save. The ensuing scramble saw the rebound pushed wide. The Steel Army collectively let out our breath and I remembered muttering, "last year that's a goal". I had the opportunity to talk to Hunter's dad at halftime and listened to the incredible journey that took him from Cleveland to South Africa and then back to the states in less than a year. Apparently things starting out great, but ended in a nightmarish scenario better suited for a Hollywood screenplay. Long story short, and with a little luck on our end, Hunter ended up with us in Pittsburgh. We were not his first choice, but he's very happy to be here and looking to make a big contribution.

Jason Kutney continues to star for this club, both in the front office and on the pitch. During the contest on Saturday, Jason continually shut down the Monarchs' long-ball and flanking attacks. He also flashed his class by springing forward Chad Severs with a pinpoint pass through the heart of Maryland's defense. In my humble opinion, Kutney is the driving force behind the entire Riverhounds organization. Jason was honored with the Steel Army Supporters 2008 Player of the Year award last season, presented by Ruffneck Scarves.

Congratulations boys, and thank you for the result in Maryland. UNLEASH THE HOUNDS!

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