The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed Pittsburgh native and former NPSL standout Brenden Alfery for the 2016 United Soccer League (USL) season.
Alfery has signed his first professional contract with the Hounds after playing his junior and senior college seasons at Robert Morris University. He started all 37 games for the Colonials during his time in Moon Township.
The 21-year-old from Cheswick played his club soccer for Century United and attended Central Catholic High School before spending two seasons at the NCAA Division III level with Grove City College.
Alfery supplemented his college experience over the past two summers by playing under inaugural Riverhounds head coach John Kowalski at Fort Pitt Regiment in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). He was also a participant in the 2016 NPSL Combine, starting at goalkeeper for the Midwest Region team.
The Riverhounds had previously brought back veteran goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap and added Costa Rican stopper Mauricio Vargas to compete for the starting slot between the posts. Vargas is a fellow NPSL alumnus, having spent the 2015 season with FC Wichita.
In related news, former Riverhounds midfielder Tyler Pasher, who spent the 2014 NPSL season with Lansing United and participated in the 2015 NPSL Combine, signed with the Swope Park Rangers.