Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC announced Wednesday that the club has acquired midfielder Danny Griffin from Huntsville City FC, an affiliate of Third Division MLS Next Pro Nashville SC.
The 24-year-old and the Hounds have agreed to a new deal that will keep Griffin in Pittsburgh through the 2025 USL Championship season. Terms of the transfer agreement were not disclosed and the transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Hounds head coach Bob Lilly said, “Danny shows up every day on all fronts. “He brings energy to the group, quality to the pitch and is the most complete and versatile coach I have ever coached.” As an organization, we’re thrilled to have Danny back in Pittsburgh to help us chase the championship.”
In three seasons at the Hounds, Griffin compiled a streak of reliability unmatched in club history. He played in all 85 USL Championship games (regular season and postseason) during his time with the Hounds, and his streak of 82 consecutive regular season appearances was a club record.
Last season, Griffin led the Hounds in tackles (52) and interceptions (75), and also became the first Hounds player to exceed 3,000 minutes in a regular season with 3,055 minutes.
“I’m totally stoked right now,” said Griffin. “To say I’m excited isn’t enough to describe the feeling. Pittsburgh became my home after moving from Connecticut to it. I know coaches Bob and Vis. [assistant coach Dan Visser]and owner Tuffy [Shallenberger]always supported me and my career.
“I’m happy to be back in Pittsburgh. I’ve been following the team during my absence, and I’m happy to be back home.”
In addition to his endurance and skill as a ball-winner in midfield, Griffin showed his attacking prowess by scoring five goals and three assists in his first stint with the Hounds. This season at Huntsville, Griffin has scored one goal in five appearances.