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Thursday, February 11, 2010
PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are pleased to announce the recent signing of Chad Severs, pending USSF approval. Severs joins the club after several campaigns with rival Harrisburg City Islanders.
Head Coach Justin Evans comments on the signing of his first player as Head Coach:
"I am very excited to have Chad on our 2010 roster. He is a hard working, honest, veteran player who scores goals and leads by example...and you don’t find those kind of players everyday. We are looking for very big things from Chad both on and off the field this season in Pittsburgh!"
Severs began his professional career with the City Islanders in 2005, posting 13 goals and five assists in his rookie campaign and garnering All-League and USL-2 Rookie of the Year honors.
His performance earned him a deal with the USL First Division Rochester Rhinos, but saw action in 2006-07 on loan to Harrisburg and Wilmington on several occasions before spending 2008 abroad with Otago United in New Zealand.
His full-time return to Harrisburg in 2009 saw another outstanding campaign as he registered nine goals to earn All-League honors for a second time.
Riverhounds.com recently caught up with Chad and asked him a few questions about the upcoming season.
RH: How does it feel to be the first player signed by Justin Evans, the first year Head Coach of the Riverhounds?
Severs: It’s a good feeling knowing that I am the first player signed by new Head Coach Justin Evans. You always want to play for a manager that is enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to winning. Justin definitely exemplifies these characteristics in his personality and coaching mentality so I am excited to be the first signing of the new era. He has a wealth of playing experience and I am eager to learn and get a fresh perspective. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to share my experience with a highly regarded club like Pittsburgh. The season can’t begin soon enough and I am looking forward to getting to work and putting on the Riverhounds kit for the first time.
RH: How are you planning to make an impact with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds?
Severs: My primary position is striker, so my plan is to score goals. That is what I am paid to do and hopefully that will be my biggest impact. It’s been a few years since the club has finished in the top of the table so the objective is to play an important role in a squad that will get results and put itself in a position to challenge for a USL-2 regular season championship. I will also bring a lead by example attitude to the locker room making sure I have a positive effect on team chemistry. As a veteran of the USL, I will be able to use my experience to encourage and help the younger players when they need advice or direction.
RH: The Riverhounds are in need of a prolific goal scorer, with you being a forward, what steps are you taking to compete as one of the top goal scorers in the league?
Severs: In preparation for the 2010 season I have been training back in my hometown of Ocean City, NJ. I am a big believer in hard work so when I am not working out with a team I follow a training program. The training program is balanced and consists of cardio, speed, agility, interval, strength-training, and technical workouts. As a professional athlete it’s also important to stay on top of the nutrition aspect. It’s a long offseason so I have devised a workout plan to make sure I am staying fit and sharp. At the end of last year’s offseason I spent a few months training with CP Baltimore. It helped with closing the gap of the long USL-2 offseason.
RH: You played with Harrisburg last season, what is your outlook in playing against your former team?
Severs: I am definitely looking forward to playing against my former team, the Harrisburg City Islanders. I already have it marked on the schedule and it will be a lot of fun matching up against my former teammates. I am sure I will say hello to a few guys but once we get on the field it will be all business.
RH: During your soccer career you have competed with and against many of our veteran players here in Pittsburgh, what affect will this have on the team chemistry already in place?
Severs: I do know a few of the current Riverhound players from playing against or with them over the years and familiar faces will help me in the transition of moving to a new city and getting acclimated with the team. Having known a few of the guys will make it easier in building team chemistry and unity, which is an important ingredient for success.
RH: Last but not least, Pittsburgh loves their sports teams, how will you win over Pittsburgh and their support of your play?
Severs: From what I’ve heard Pittsburgh is considered a hard working blue collar city. I have always considered myself a tireless hard working forward, that never gives up, so hopefully this will fit into the Pittsburgh mentality. I believe the biggest way we can get support of the fans is to WIN. Fans support a winning team and in the city of champions it will be important to get results. As a club, we will be looking at improving from the past few years and the ultimate goal is to bring the USL-2 championship to the city of Pittsburgh.