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December 15, 2016
Pittsburgh signs Arguez, Jamal Jack

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed midfielder Bryan Arguez and Trinidad & Tobago national team defender Jamal Jack to one-year contracts, including an option for the 2018 season, the team announced Thursday.

The Hounds have made nine additions to the roster this month and have 16 players under contract for the 2017 USL season.

Arguez, 27, played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL last season. Jack, 28, played with CD Dragón of the Primera División in El Salvador, along with recently-signed Riverhound forward Kenroy Howell.

Arguez, a Miami native, has nine years of professional experience and has represented the U.S. national team at youth levels.

“Bryan is a highly-experienced midfield player, who is someone that I think will help us immensely on the field this season,” Pittsburgh coach Dave Brandt said.

Arguez, selected by D.C. United in the first round (11th overall) in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, spent one season in Washington before joining Hertha BSC, making 10 appearances for the second team and one for the first team (on February 2, 2008), becoming the then-youngest American player to debut in the Bundesliga, at 19 years old. Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund recently became the youngest, making his debut at 17.

Arguez returned to the U.S., then played on loan with Estoril Praia in Portugal in 2010. Arguez returned to MLS in 2012 with the Montreal Impact, but did not appear. Arguez went on loan to FC Edmonton, tallying a goal in 13 games and earning NASL Player of the Week. After stays with Minnesota United FC and the Carolina RailHawks in 2013, Arguez played for Miami Dade FC, FC Miami City and Miami FC. Arguez returned for his second stint with the Strikers and has notched 33 appearances for Fort Lauderdale, helping it reach the league final in 2011. Arguez earned 44 caps and scored twice for the U.S. at the U17, U20 and U23 levels, participating in the 2007 and 2009 U20 FIFA World Cups.

Jack, who has played for four clubs in the TT Pro League, has earned two caps for the Soca Warriors.

“Jamal is a big body, and a strong and experienced technician and athlete,” Brandt said. “We expect Jamal to have an immediate impact within a rebuilt back four for this upcoming season.”

Jack started his career with Tobago United FC in 2009, moved to San Juan Jabloteh for two seasons, then went to St. Ann’s Rangers and played for Central FC from 2013-16, helping it win two league championships. Jack was loaned to Alpha United FC in 2014, helping the club capture a Guyana league championship. With Dragón, Jack helped bolster the back line for the CONCACAF Champions League, recording two assists in four starts against the Portland Timbers and Deportivo Saprissa.

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