The Pittsburgh Riverhounds bolstered their goalkeeping corps earlier this week by acquiring Ben Lundgaard on loan from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.
The native of Wilmington, Del., is set to be on loan with the Hounds for all of 2019 season, but the Crew reserve the right to recall him at any point.
“Ben is a big keeper with a lot of athleticism, and we’re excited to have him for the 2019 season,” Hounds head coach Bob Lilley said in a statement. “I expect him and Kyle Morton to give us a very strong goalkeeping tandem. We are appreciative of Columbus for this loan.”
Lundgaard, 23, played college soccer at Virginia Tech. As a senior, he was an All-ACC first team selection and posted an 80.6 save percentage. The Crew snatched him up with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Columbus loaned Lundgaard out to Indy Eleven last year, but never made an appearance for the club after having thumb surgery.
With star goalkeeper Zack Steffen set to join Manchester City later this year, it’s possible that Lundgaard could compete for the starting job in Columbus in 2020.
The Crew also loaned defender Aboubakar Keita to the Richmond Kickers of USL League One on a game-by-game basis.
Pittsburgh finished third in the Eastern Conference table last season with a record of 15-5-14, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Bethlehem Steel. Lilley’s side begins its 2019 campaign March 16 at the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
- The Charleston Battery added a pair of defenders Thursday, signing Kyle Nelson and AJ Paterson to their roster for the 2019 season. Nelson is a product of Wofford College, where he scored 10 goals and was an All-Southern Conference selection. Paterson joins the Battery after playing last season with the Bethlehem Steel. He has also featured for the Grenada National Team.
- The Colorado Switchbacks announced Wednesday its MLS affiliate, the Colorado Rapids, loaned down two players in goalkeeper Andre Rawls and forward Matt Hundley. Rawls played last season with Orange County SC and Hundley is a Rapids homegrown.
- Birmingham Legion FC announced Thursday it signed left back Kyle Culbertson to a multiyear contract. Culbertson, 26, played college soccer at Ohio State and previously played in the USL and NASL with Saint Louis FC and Puerto Rico FC. He started in 24 games for Saint Louis last year, helping them make the playoffs.
- Expansion side and D.C. United affiliate Loudoun United FC announced Wednesday they signed midfielder Conner Presley to a deal for the 2019 season. The 20-year-old from Austin, Texas, came from with San Antonio FC, where he tallied one goal and three assists in 29 appearances. He has also played for Nostell Miners Welfare F.C., a club in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid. Presley is the 12th player to sign with Loudoun, making the club roster compliant with the league minimum for rostered players.
- Memphis 901 FC announced Tuesday it acquired two players on loan from MLS. New York City FC goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell and FC Cincinnati forward Rashawn Dally will join the USL Championship expansion side. Caldwell was a 2018 MLS SuperDraft selection out of the University of Virginia, and he has also featured for the U.S. national team at the U-20 level. Dally was a 2019 MLS SuperDraft selection after playing at Quinnipiac University, where he notched 16 goals and 15 assists over 78 games. Memphis also signed midfielder Damani Holmes after a trial with the club. He last played for Macclesfield Town F.C., a club in the fourth tier of English soccer.