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Winless Pittsburgh fires Evans
May 20th, 2014 8:55PM

TAGS:  usl


[USL PRO] Justin Evans, the first player ever signed by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 1999, became the first coaching casualty of the 2014 USL PRO season when he was fired as head coach of the winless Riverhounds on Monday.

"It was a tough decision to make," said Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutne in a statement. "Justin has been a critical part of this organization for many years, but we felt that we needed to do this at this time to try and turn things around."

Evans, who was in his fifth season as head coach, will be replaced on an interim basis by 27-year-old defender Nikola Katic, a player with the Riverhounds since 2009. and assisted by director of academy operations Scott Gibson.

The Riverhounds are 0-4-3 mark this season after making the playoffs in 2013. They were expected to challenge for the title after re-signing many of the players from the team that went 10-8-8 record and upgrading their roster with the addition of Joseph Ngwenya from Richmond, Brian Fekete from Orlando City, Anthony Obodai from FC Phoenix and former Fulham forward Collins John, as well as loan players from the Houston Dynamo.

Two days before the start of the club's season, the owners of the Riverhounds and their acclaimed riverfront Highmark Stadium sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure their obligations that include a $7.16 million mortgage, $1.5 million credit line and other debts owed to more than 50 creditors.

The Riverhounds play the Wilmington Hammerheads and Charleston Battery on the road Friday and Saturday.

USL PRO WEEK 10, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7:30  pm ET
Orlando City vs. Charlotte
Friday, May 23
7:30  pm ET
Wilmington vs. Pittsburgh
7:35  pm ET
Rochester vs. Sacramento
Saturday, May 24
7:00  pm ET
Richmond vs. Charlotte
7:30  pm ET
Charleston vs. Pittsburgh
10:00  pm ET
Arizona Utd. vs. Chivas USA Reserves
Sunday, May 25
7:00  pm ET
Dayton vs. Sacramento
11:00  pm ET
LA Galaxy II vs. OKC Energy FC
Streaming: USL PRO YouTube | NSCAATV

USL PRO, Standings:
24 Orlando City 7-0-3 17/8
18 LA Galaxy II 5-2-3 19/13
16 Richmond 4-1-4 22/10
13 Sacramento 4-3-1 14/10
13 Rochester 3-1-4 8/6
11 Wilmington 3-1-2 6/7
10 Charleston 2-4-4 10/8
10 Arizona Utd. 3-3-1 6/12
9 Charlotte 3-3-0 9/7
8 Dayton 2-4-2 8/16
7 Harrisburg 2-4-1 8/14
6 OKC Energy 2-5-0 11/14
6 Orange County 2-7-0 9/18
3 Pittsburgh 0-4-3 7/12

USL PRO WEEK 11, Schedule:
Friday, May 30
7:35  pm ET
Rochester vs. Richmond
Saturday, May 31
7:00  pm ET
Charlotte vs. Wilmington
Harrisburg vs. Richmond
7:30  pm ET
Orlando City vs. vs. Charleston
8:00  pm ET
OKC Energy FC vs. New York Red Bulls Reserves
10:00  pm ET
Orange County vs. Arizona Utd.
Sunday, June 1
4:00  pm ET
Seattle Sounders FC Reserves vs. LA Galaxy II
6:00  pm ET
Pittsburgh vs. Harrisburg
7:00  pm ET
Dayton vs. Rochester
Streaming: USL PRO YouTube | NSCAATV

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