Pittsburgh, Pa.-- Former UMBC men's soccer standout Sammy Kahsai has signed a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL on Monday. Kahsai played three years for head coach Pete Caringi Jr. at UMBC, earning America East All-Conference First Team honors his senior campaign.
"We are very proud of Sammy that he got signed by Pittsburgh. He stayed and got his degree and now he is getting to do something he loves and we can't wait to see him playing professionally," head coach Pete Caringi said.
Kahsai spent three years in a Retriever uniform, having his best season as a Retriever during his senior season. That year, Kahsai started all 18 games in the midfield scoring five goals with two assist for 12 points. He had one game winning goal in a 1-0 win against New Hampshire to open the conference season. During his three season, he tallied eight goals and two assists for 18 points on 64 shots, going 2-2 in penalty kicks.
"Competing through adversity and always having a winning mentality in anything you do are great tools that helped me get from UMBC to the pros. The coaches here, similar to UMBC, demand that you bring your best everyday to the training ground and games," Kahsai said.
Kahsai becomes the ninth player since 2014 to play professionally and is the 43rd Retrievers to play professionally since the mid-70s.
About the Riverhounds:
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are part of the USL (United Soccer League), a tier below the MLS. The team plays their games at Highmark Stadium, that can hold up to 5,000 fans along the Monongahela River in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.