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PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS

December 29, 2016
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Riverhounds sign Fitzpatrick, Souto


PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have signed midfielders Ben Fitzpatrick and Victor Souto to one-year deals, the team announced Thursday.

The Riverhounds have finalized 13 signings this month and have 20 players on the roster.

Fitzpatrick, 22, from Hilliard, Ohio, competed one season for Ohio State University and three years for Urbana University. Souto, 23, played at the University of Akron.

“I was able to catch Ben at multiple combines over the past couple months and on each occasion I thought he was really good, one of the top guys there,” Riverhounds coach Dave Brandt said. “I think he’s an under the radar, smart player that we like a lot with an ability to attack with good speed and good pace.”

Fitzpatrick, a three-time All-Atlantic Region and All-Mountain East Conference selection, was conference Freshman of the Year in 2013, and Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association All-Ohio First Team in 2015, as he scored in a 1-0 win over Millersville, the program’s first NCAA tournament game.

Fitzpatrick had two goals and four assist in 18 appearances (14 starts) for the Buckeyes, helping the team reach the Big Ten Championship quarterfinals. In four collegiate seasons, Fitzpatrick tallied 15 goals and 11 assists in 68 appearances. Fitzpatrick scored nine goals for the Michigan Bucks as they captured their third PDL title.

Souto, a Sao Paolo, Brazil, native, played for Corinthians youth teams. Souto had had 66 career appearances, totaling nine goals and three assists, for the Zips, playing as an attacking and defensive midfielder. Souto was twice named All-Mid-American Athletic Conference and OCSA All-Ohio First Team in 2014.

During his freshman year, Souto started 22 games as the Zips completed nine shutouts. As a junior, Souto scored a career-high eight goals.

“Victor is a top Division I college soccer talent,” Brandt said. “He’s a talented holding midfielder that we’re really excited to have join the club for this season.”

   
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