PITTSBURGH (February 22, 2019) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed defender Caleb Smith to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, pending USL Championship and USSF approval.
Smith first started with Riverhounds SC as a trialist during the team’s first week of preseason camp. Previously, he played collegiately at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he started 17 of his 18 games played as a senior in 2018. His entire youth soccer development was at Solar Soccer Club in Dallas Tx.
“Caleb is a technical left back who is comfortable on the ball, likes to get forward and does a solid job defending,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “He has had a good training camp, and we’re excited to have him for the 2019 season.”
Playing predominately at midfield, Smith accumulated 67 appearances (49 starts), three goals and two assists in his SMU career (2015-18). He fielded playing time from the start of his duration with the Mustangs, posting 16 starts and 22 games played as a freshman. He also was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.
In 2014, the Arlington, Texas native was called up to the U20 National Team to compete in the NTC Invitational, where he tallied an assist in a 4-0 victory over Bermuda. In 2013, he was a member of the USA U17 National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida and participated in the 2013 USSDA National Championship match against Real Salt Lake.
“I’m extremely excited to have signed my first professional contract with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. I want to thank Solar soccer club for giving the platform through coaching and guidance to help me reach this point. I’d like to personally thank my coaches Adrian Solca, Kevin Smith, Ray De Leon, and Coach O for developing me into the person and player I am today.” – Caleb Smith, SMU ‘18 on recent signing of his first professional contract with Riverhounds. Caleb played & trained his entire youth career at Solar SC. He was recruited to play at SMU after graduating HS in 2015 and was part of a successful run with the Ponies until graduating from there in Dec 2018.