Pittsburgh Riverhounds News Release -- www.riverhounds.com
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed forward Jose Angulo and midfielder Matthew Dallman each to new, two-year contracts, it was announced today by CEO Jason Kutney. The club also announced that Terry “Tuffy” Shallenberger has expanded his role in the Pittsburgh soccer landscape by becoming majority owner of Highmark Stadium at Station Square in Pittsburgh.
"Re-signing a player with Jose's abilities is just a small glimpse into the positive direction this club is headed," said head coach Justin Evans. "In past years, we would lose a player with Jose's stats to an MLS team or even another team within our own league, and I’m very happy that we were able to keep him in Riverhounds colors."
Angulo joined the Riverhounds for the 2013 campaign and had a standout season as he led the league with 34 points and finished tied for the league lead with 15 goals while adding four assists. The first player to score at the new Highmark Stadium, Angulo had a role in more than half the Riverhounds’ 36 regular-season goals as he led the side to the USL PRO Playoffs.
Angulo was ably assisted by Dallman, who in his first full season with the Riverhounds led USL PRO with 12 assists, which established a new league record. After four appearances with the Riverhounds in 2012, Dallman wasted no time making his mark in 2013, as he connected with Angulo to set up the first goal in Highmark Stadium history on April 13, 2013 against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Evans said he felt that was a sign of what was to come.
"In my opinion, [Dallman] serves the best ball in our league, so I’m glad he’ll be lighting it up in Pittsburgh for years to come,” said Evans. "Matt had a very good season for us this summer. He and Jose established a partnership that proved to be the deadliest in our League.”
With the signings of Dallman and league MVP Jose Angulo to contract extensions today, the Riverhounds have solidified their one-two punch for the 2014 season and beyond.
“We look to put a winning team on the field this year, with some major players on our roster, and we'll be upgrading and expanding the facility to add to the total soccer experience,' Shallenberger said. "It's going to be a great season, and a lot of exciting things will be happening at Highmark Stadium.”
Shallenberger is dedicated to seeing soccer flourish in southwestern Pennsylvania, investing in youth soccer programs and training facilities. After acquiring majority ownership of the Riverhounds, Shallenberger expanded the Riverhounds youth academy training program to include the The Riverhounds Academy in Connellsville. The indoor facility, located in Scottdale, includes a new synthetic turf soccer field for year-round training. Shallenberger has also constructed outdoor soccer fields for youth games and training in Connellsville to encourage more youth participation in the sport.